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Samoa has held a day of mourning following last week's tsunami, which killed 143 people and wiped
entire villages off the map.


LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Thousands of Samoans have marked a national day of mourning and the mass
burial of many victims of the country's tsunami disaster. More than 140 people died when giant
waves smashed into the tiny Pacific island, wiping entire villages off the map. ABC correspondent
Kerri Ritchie reports from the capital, Apia.

KERRI RITCHIE, REPORTER: A new day after more than a week of sorrow. Samoa stopped to remember
those lost in the tsunami.

This morning, the country's worst-hit area, Lalomanu, was almost deserted. Most villagers had left
for the capital where a mass burial was planned for later in the day.

But some did stay. For this man, leaving the place where he'd just buried his mother was just too

TALIA TAUFUA, SURVIVOR: I have no memory right now. I don't know what to think. I don't know - I
didn't see anything.

KERRI RITCHIE: At the next village, graves for four little children washed away as they walked to

This afternoon, thousands turned up at a memorial service at a football stadium to pay their

TUILAEPA SAILELE, SAMOAN PRIME MINISTER: At the end of every dark tunnel is light.

KERRI RITCHIE: Flowers were laid for the nine foreign tourists who died and the names of all the
victims were read out.

On the other side of town, these firefighters from Brisbane couldn't attend the service. They've
got to pack up; they're leaving with heavy hearts.

But Australia has promised it won't forget Samoa.

MATT ANDERSON, AUSTRALIA'S HIGH COMMISSIONER TO SAMOA: It's about moving on and we're in the stage
we provided all this emergency relief when a state of emergency was in place. We move into recovery
and now reconstruction.

KERRI RITCHIE: After the service, the crowd moved to the cemetery. This is where the bodies will
rest: a peaceful spot overlooking the ocean. But that's little comfort for many survivors.

FUIMAONO TALIA TAUFUA, SURVIVOR: This is 14 or 13th member of the family been taken away from short
time that we never know.

KERRI RITCHIE: The Red Cross says along with more clean drinking water, Samoans are in desperate
need of counselling.