6:15pm – LALOMANU, Samoa (AP) — A Samoan reporter says tsunami victims `are everywhere’ in local hospital; counts up to 20 dead. Associated Press reporter Keen Elsa said three or four villages on the popular tourist coast near the southern town of Lalomanu on Samoa’s main island of Upolu had been “wiped out” by waves that roared ashore early Wednesday.
Keni said he had visited the town’s main hospital where “there are bodies everywhere,” including at least one child.
The Samoan government reports nearly 40 people are dead. Officials in neighboring American Samoa say at least 14 people have been killed there.
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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on September 29, 2009