Concerns in Samoa over lack of updates on Cyclone Gita

Concerns are being raised in Samoa about the lack of emergency communications and updates during Cyclone Gita.

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has also voiced his concern, calling for an urgent review of radio stations and transmission masts.

He said it was lucky the cyclone was not a major one for the country.

Local journalist, Tuiasau Uelese Petaia, said the main AM radio station in Samoa wasn't working during the cyclone

He said locals wanted to be kept informed about the storm especially when they lost power.

"The main radio station, the AM station that everyone depends on for communication and information during cyclones and natural disasters wasn't working before and during the cyclone, and so people who relied on that didn't get any information," he said.

Tuiasau Uelese Petaia said the FM station in Samoa was still broadcasting but the signal did not reach people in rural parts of Savaii.