Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Samoan Storm Damage A[euro][approximately]like a War zonea[euro][TM]

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Samoan Storm Damage A[euro][approximately]like a War zonea[euro][TM]

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REBECCA LOLLBACK

rebecca.lollback@northernstar.com.au

LENNOX Headas George Leslie says Australia has not done enough to support its South Pacific neighbour Samoa, after the country was devastated by a cyclone last month.

Mr Leslie is a keen surfer who has invested a lot of time, effort and money into Samoa.

In 1999 he and his business partners built a resort there, the SaaMoana Resort.

But it has been torn to shreds by Cyclone Evan, which hit the island on December 13 with heavy rain, winds of up to 270km/h and storm surges up to four metres high.

aMy daughter Kirstin and her husband Daniel (Mendola) are running the resort,a Mr Leslie said.

aWe first heard about the cyclone the next morning, but it was so hard because we couldnat get any up-to-date information on what was happening over there.

aWe had a garbled message from Kirstin on our phone, saying the place was a mess.

aThey had very little warning about it.

aBut then the cyclone hit and it was so full on. …

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