Tsunami Disaster 10 Years Later

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The tsunami of 29 September 2009 will be 10 years old in three weeks from today and the Aleipata district will once again commemorate the worst ever natural disaster for them. 

More than a 150 people were killed mostly from the Aleipata coastal villages where tsunami waves washed and drowned them out at sea.

The tsunami struck along the south east coast from Aleipata to as far as Falealili and Siumu.

Romeo Lutau,  a spokesman for the Lalomanu village, that bore the brunt of the deadly waves, said that the painful memories are still difficult to bear for the survivors.

He said they are expecting people returning for the commemoration from overseas.

The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, is a native of the Aleipata District and he is expected to attend.

A memorial to the people who died in the tsunami is at the Tafaigata Cemetery.