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SHANE MCLEOD: In Samoa relief efforts are focusing on clearing up the debris, collecting bodies and
burying the dead.

The Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith has confirmed that all Australians in Samoa
have now been accounted for.

Most of the injured Australians have been flown home but one person, Claire Rowland, a school
teacher from Victoria, is still in hospital.

Our foreign editor Peter Cave is in Samoa.

Peter Cave, you've been out looking at some of the areas that have been affected but also people
who've ended up in some of the hospitals; what are you seeing?

PETER CAVE: I've been to the main hospitals here in Apia where the Australian medical team who flew
in yesterday have been based. And there was one remaining Australian with injuries, her name is
Claire Rowland. She's a teacher from Victoria, from Smeaton in Victoria.

She was on a holiday with her best friend, a woman called Vivien Hodgins. And they were at their
resort when the tsunami struck with only minutes' warning. Vivien Hodgins unfortunately died and
Claire Rowland did receive life threatening injuries.

She's the last remaining Australian who is here at the moment. And I've been speaking to the
Australian medical team and they tell me that Claire Rowland was operated on last night by the
Australian team and they're preparing her to be sent back home later today.

She was far too ill to speak to us although they do say that she's out of danger and doing fine.

Malcolm Laurence, he's a New Zealander from Glenbrook in New Zealand, he had dinner with Claire
Rowland and Vivien Hodgins on the night before the tsunami struck. He spoke to my colleague Kerri

MALCOLM LAURENCE: I had met Vivien. Vivien is a school teacher from Victoria I think. And I had had
dinner and lunch with, dinner and drinks with her the evening before this happened, when we'd just
arrived, and she was just such a lovely, vivacious person. She was so bubbly. She was just really,
really nice. And she was in the fale beside us, yes.

KERRI RITCHIE: And her friend is in this hospital and she's in pretty bad shape isn't she?

MALCOLM LAURENCE: Her friend Claire, she is in pretty bad shape. She's been operated on so she's
looking better today than she was yesterday. But she is going to be okay, she's a survivor. She's
devastated to have lost Vivien, you know, they were best of friends. They had been for a very, very
long time.

SHANE MCLEOD: That was Malcolm Laurence who dined with one of the Australian women affected by the
tsunami in Samoa.

Peter Cave is there. Peter, how are the hospitals coping with the number of cases?

PETER CAVE: Well, Dr Hugh Grantham who is the spokesman for the Australian medical team, I caught
up with him at the hospital. He says that apart from a shortage of equipment and supplies they're
doing pretty well. Here's part of what he told me.

HUGH GRANTHAM: The hospital is coping brilliantly. The locals have actually done a really fantastic
job. We're a bit short of equipment now and we're just putting in place new equipment for them to
replace all this stuff they've used. But really can't speak too highly of them.

The injuries are those that you tend to get with a tsunami which are cuts that then get infected
because the sand gets into the wound and unless we get it out it gets infected; so that's what
we're getting. In the chest we're getting a similar problem with inhaling dirty water and that
gives you infections in the chest.

So we're getting those sorts of people presenting now which is exactly what you expect at this
stage of a tsunami.

SHANE MCLEOD: Dr Hugh Grantham there. Peter Cave the logistics: how is the infrastructure affected?
Are roads passable? Are people able to get some of these more remote areas?

PETER CAVE: Look the roads are all passable. I didn't find anywhere we couldn't get into. The roads
in most cases, the tsunami went straight across them and straight back out but didn't actually
cause a lot of damage. And what damage there has been done - small washouts - has now been

And the authorities are able to get heavy earthmoving equipment into where even the most worst
affected areas and they're in the process of digging. There's no chance that anyone is alive under
there now. If they weren't crushed they were certainly drowned.

They're not looking for bodies. What they're trying to do is clean the place up to lessen the
chance of infection and also just make room for people to build their houses again and restart
their lives.

SHANE MCLEOD: Peter, are you seeing any evidence of aid supplies arriving yet?

PETER CAVE: Yeah, aid supplies are coming in. There were three large military transports in the
airport when I drove past there this morning. The Australians put in a large transport plane
yesterday and they have more planes coming in and out now as I understand.

The Americans have managed to get transport planes into American Samoa and the relief supplies seem
to be flowing.

As Dr Grantham said, there is a bit of a shortage but they are able to address it.

SHANE MCLEOD: And Peter we heard your report this morning on AM about just the devastation in some
of these communities. How are local people coping in the aftermath?

PETER CAVE: Well the thing about Samoans is they're very religious people and they have support
from their churches. But they're also like one big family and it's heart warming just seeing, you
know, how people are supporting each other and helping each other.

And in these sort of things you'd normally expect to see refugee camps and (inaudible) but it seems
that just about everyone has been absorbed by family.

The hardest thing they're having to cope with, though, are the deaths. There have been more than a
hundred deaths in the south of the country, probably up to 150 across the region by the time that
the final figure is in.