Public Sector Advised to Stay Home – Essential Services Only as Heavy Rain Causes Severe Flooding in Samoa

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10.30am Friday 18 Decenber Apia Samoa. Heavy rain causing severe flooding has caused the shut down of Apia this morning with all public sector employees asked to stay home.

Severe flooding in Apia. Inage: BSP Staff

The effects of two cyclones Yasa and Zazu has been felt throughout the week in Samoa with landslides, heavy rain and  disruptions to inter Island ferry travel, but unsuspecting commuters this morning were stranded as road flooding made it impossible to access main roads in the Capital.

The call for all public sector employees to stay home has been made by the Chairman of the National Emergency Operation Centre, Agafili Shem Leo in a public notice issued a few minutes ago.

Due to the weather and road conditions with flooding in some areas, the Public Service Commission wishes to advise the following:
1. All employees except for essential services employees are advised to stay home.
2. Employees who are already in their employment premises may return home when it is safe to do so.
3. CEOs are to be on standby for any request from NEOC for assistance.
4. CEOs of essential services Ministries to manage any emergency responses in coordination with NEOC.

Ma le faaaloalo lava
Chairman

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