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ELEANOR HALL: To Samoa now where a 15-month old boy is the latest Australian confirmed to have been
killed in the earthquake and tsunami there.

Four Australian citizens and one permanent resident are now known to be among the more than 100
people killed in the disaster.

And as emergency workers begin to get access to the worst hit areas on the south and east of the
island of Upolu the death toll is expected to rise still further.

Medical teams and supplies from Australia began arriving on Samoa early this morning.

Barbara Miller reports.

BARBARA MILLER: Some of those killed by the waves that hit Samoa so soon after the quake have
already been buried.

ROB WETZEL: It's an auntie of mine and sadly, yeah we had her funeral this morning.

BARBARA MILLER: Rob Wetzel runs a food supply business in the Samoan capital Apia.

ROB WETZEL: Tui (phonetic) and her husband Joe and Tui's mother were at home and just after the
earthquake Joe had noticed that the lagoon was emptying out and suggested to everybody that they
hop in the car and take off, which they did as quick as they could.

But unfortunately as they were driving away from their house the wave came over the house. My
understanding is that it took the car and the car rolled many times and unfortunately not everyone
survived.

BARBARA MILLER: And there'll be much more grieving to come. Some areas on the southern coast of
Upolu are still difficult to reach by road.

Dr Limbo Fiu, the Samoan Department of Health's director of clinical services, spoke this morning
to ABC local radio in Sydney.

LIMBO FIU: We have dispatched various teams of doctors and nurses and everyone from the hospital to
the remote villages that they can access these people who are obviously injured and are unable to
have any transport to come to the district hospital or to come to the main hospital in Apia.

Basically we are now receiving more bodies. People now are coming decomposed, as expected. So more
and more bodies again will be found this morning from the sea and from the inland. So basically
that's what's happening in Apia.

But we need a lot of people to go down to the villages and to the remote areas so they can access
the people there.

BARBARA MILLER: In nearby American Samoa the enormity of the tragedy is still sinking in.

ALEXANDER GODINET: The shock, you know the shock of the people because this is the first time in
their lives, in our lives that we have experienced something like this.

BARBARA MILLER: But there's little time to mourn. Alexander Godinet is the chief of staff for the
Congressional Representative for American Samoa.

ALEXANDER GODINET: Families, their homes have just been swept off from their foundations and we're
moving most of the families to different families in high areas and try to keep them there.

They've also announced it on the radio to make sure that they do not drink any water yet, to boil
the water and try to keep them away.

BARBARA MILLER: In Tonga too at least seven people are thought to have been killed by the tsunami
on the remote island of Niuatoputapu where many buildings have been flattened.

A government plane flew over the island yesterday to assess the damage but was unable to land.

Pesi Fonua, the publisher of the news website Matangi Tonga, was on board.

PESI FONUA: It was cut off. Unfortunately there we couldn't land because I think the people who
survived there were, they thought we were coming in to help, you know. Because we swept around and
we went down very low in order to have a good look and take some pictures. But then we left. So I
mean if you were on the ground you would be very disappointed because I'm sure there'd be a few
casualties, people got hurt and few people were obviously missing or whatever.

BARBARA MILLER: Australia has begun sending medical teams and supplies to Samoa. The first plane
load arrived early this morning from Brisbane followed by a C17 Air Force flight from Richmond in
New South Wales.

The response is part of a $2 million initial aid package.

Four Australian citizens and one permanent resident are confirmed dead in Samoa. The latest
confirmed death is a 15-month-old boy.

But the Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says six Australians who hadn't been accounted for have now
been located.

STEPHEN SMITH: I'm pleased to advise that this morning those six have been accounted for. That's
not to say that we're out of the woods yet. There may well be Australians who were holidaying in
the south-east portion of the island whom we are not aware of so we will continue to be very
diligent in trying to ascertain whether any more Australians have been caught up in this terrible
tragedy.

BARBARA MILLER: In the wake of the tsunami the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has reissued
its travel advice for Samoa saying tourists should consider postponing travel at this time.

ELEANOR HALL: Barbara Miller reporting.