A young boy tries unsuccessfully to collect sacks washed away at the height of flooding in the Apia town area on December 18, 2020. This area at Convent Street, directly in front of the Marist Primary School and behind the Catholic Cathedral, is notorious for flooding during the cyclone season. Photo: UNDP Samoa

It could have been worse.

That’s what Lagi Keresoma, a resident of Samoa’s capital Apia, said about the effects of the floods that inundated her property and many others in the area on the morning of December 18th 2020.

“Although this flood was quite destructive, it could have been much worse if it weren’t for the upgraded work on the Vaisigano wall that has protected many families from re-experiencing the impacts of Cyclone Evan in 2012. When Evan hit, many homes were swept away then when the ocean surge hit the Apia area and the Vaisigano river overflowed its banks…

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The Alipia farm at Auala, Savaii — a lesson in sustainable land management. Photo: UNDP Samoa / L. Lesa

Sixty-four year-old Malaeolemā Alipia quickly chopped up freshly picked cucumbers from her garden and stirred them into a pot of tinned fish that was already simmering on the open fire.

Hanging by the door of the outside kitchen that she’s cooking in is a basket of cooked taro from yesterday’s umu (an above ground oven of hot volcanic stones) that will go with the meal.

One of her daughters, Lisa, had boiled the kettle and scooped in a generous dollop of koko Samoa (delectable Samoan cocoa, freshly pounded), and stirred in the right…

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