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Projected path of Tropical Cyclone Sarai
Nadi, FIJI — The body of a man has been found in Fiji after he went missing in a river during Tropical Cyclone Sarai. The maximum winds at its centre are up to 120 kilometres per hour, with momentary gusts to 170 kilometres per hour, hitting the southern island groups. Two people have now died...
Photo of various rides at Fiafia Park
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is about to have its first amusement park, complete with rides, thanks to the founder of the Magic Circus of Samoa. Samoa Observer reports Tupai Bruno Loyale has taken to social media to promote his new venture built in the grounds of the old Tafaigata Prison. He posted that his...
Visible infra-red satellite imagery of Cyclone Sara
Nadi, FIJI — The Fiji National Disaster Management Office reports one casualty in Kadavu as Tropical Cyclone Sarai lashes parts of the island group with winds of upto 150 km/hr. The Office said one person is missing in Vunidawa, Naitasiri, and another person is in intensive care at Suva hospital,...
Measles epidemic logo
Apia, SAMOA — The state of emergency in Samoa, declared due to the measles epidemic, has ended following a special Cabinet meeting. At Friday's meeting, Cabinet unanimously approved the cancellation of the State of Emergency Orders in place. In its decision, Cabinet has approved the State of...
Measles epidemic logo
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Ministry of Health says there have been no new fatalities due to measles in the past 24 hours. The death toll since the outbreak began in October was 81, the ministry said, with the two most recent deaths officially reported on Christmas and Boxing Day. A total of 5634...
TC Sarai forecast track map
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Fiji Meteorological Service says Tropical Cyclone Sarai is now a Category two storm as it moves down Fiji's west coast. Tropical Cyclone Sarai is intensifying. In the long term forecast for American Samoa, the local weather service is forecasting adverse weather for...
Misaeli Funaki during media briefing at Nadi Weather Office
Nadi, FIJI — People are urged to remain on high alert as a tropical depression which continues to move closer to Fiji is expected to gradually intensify into a Tropical Cyclone this evening. The Tropical Depression is moving at 10 kilometres per hour, according to the Fiji Meteorology Service. The...
Nurse April Wilson (L) and team leader Luisa Popo preparing vaccinations
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Ministry of Health has confirmed another death in the measles epidemic sweeping the country. The Ministry said the death of a child under five years old recorded in the last 24 hours ending Thursday (Samoa time) takes the death toll to 81. It said there are currently 43...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — An 80th person is confirmed to have died in the last 24 hours in the measles epidemic sweeping Samoa. According to the government's emergency operation centre, there have been 5600 cases reported since the outbreak in the island nation, which has a population under 200,000. The latest...
Kerisimasi Teo
Apia, SAMOA — When mortuary assistant and heath porter, Kerisimasi Teo, started at his new job at the TTM Hospital in Samoa 4 months ago, he never imagined having to deal with the tragedy of children dying every day. He was slowly settling into his new job when the measles epidemic struck. Instead...

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