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Cyclone Amos damage not as bad as feared

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/04/2016

The impact of Cyclone Amos on Samoa is less than feared.

Samoa has endured howling winds, torrential rain and power outages but there has been no loss of life.

Air New Zealand tweeted that its flights to Apia are operating as normal on Sunday and Apia airport remains open.

Oxfam New Zealand says despite fallen trees, some roads being swept away and flooding in low-lying areas, there is less damage than anticipated.

The category three storm reached wind speeds of 120km/h and passed along the northern shores of Savaii and Upolu, missing the capital Apia.

Oxfam New Zealand is sending staff to assess if any response is required and it will work with the Samoan government and other local humanitarian agencies.

"Our thoughts are very much with those who had to endure another near disaster but we are relieved that Samoa escaped relatively unscathed," said Carlos Calderon, Oxfam's humanitarian manager.

Tropical Cyclone Amos is now 350km east southeast of Apia. It's moving away from Samoa and is expected to be reclassified as a depression on Wednesday or Thursday when it may lie in open waters between the southern Cook Islands and Niue.

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