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10 Australians caught in Samoa tsunami

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A 50-year-old Australian woman has died and three other Australians are in hospital following the earthquake and tsunami that hit Samoa earlier this week. Six Australians, believed to have been in Samoa on holiday, have not been accounted for, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). "Initial reports suggest that the southern region of Samoa, which includes the main tourist facilities, was worst hit," said DFAT spokesperson. The Australian high commission has offered the three nationals consular assistance and has also offered help to Canadian and British nationals in the area. Overall, about 50 people have been reported dead in Samoa and Tonga and medical facilities have been strained with the injured. Minister for Foreign Affairs Stephen Smith announced that Australia sent medical personnel and disaster relief supplies to the affected region early this morning in a care package worth $2 million. "Australia stands ready to offer further assistance to Samoa and other Pacific countries," he said. DFAT travel advice has been reissued, warning Australians to reconsider travel to Samoa. Concerned friends and family for Australians in the affect region can call a DFAT hotline within Australia on 1300 555 135 if direct attempts to contact them have failed.

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