Posted by The AntiMedia on February 14, 2018 10:07 pm

(ANTIMEDIA)  Over the weekend, a tropical cyclone laid waste to a number of Pacific Island countries, including the unincorporated territory of the United States known as American Samoa.

According to a White House statement, U.S. President Donald Trump declared an emergency in the territory of American Samoa and ordered federal assistance to supplement response efforts in the territory due to the tropical storm known as Cyclone Gita. According to the statement, the president authorized the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts.

At the time the cyclone passed through American Samoa and Samoa, Gita was categorized as a Category One storm. Thousands of people lost communications and electricity, and health authorities became concerned about the spread of water-borne diseases, as well as dengue fever.

According to local reports, no injuries or deaths were reported, but the storm left many without power and further caused widespread damage

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