Obama voices concerns over natural disasters in Samoa, Indonesia

October 1, 2009 10:18 pm 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 — U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed his concerns and condolences over the causalities caused by tsunami in Samoa and American Samoa and the earthquake in Indonesia, pledging to provide "full support" of the U.S. government to help the recovery of the countries.

"On behalf of the American people, I want to, once again, extend my deepest condolences to the people of American Samoa and Samoa for the terrible loss of life and the devastation that took place after the recent earthquake and tsunami," Obama said.

He said that his administration is in touch with the Indonesian government to offer necessary help. "I've ordered my administration to coordinate with the ongoing relief and recovery efforts there," he said.

"They (Indonesians) need to know that America will be their friend and partner."

It was reported that at least 114 people were found killed as Samoa, America Samoa and Tonga were struggling in the aftermath of the devastating tsunamis and earthquake.

In addition, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck the island of Sumatra on Wednesday, followed by other strong quakes. Hundreds of people have been killed. (PNA/Xinhua)

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