Len posted this as a comment in my previous post but I thought that it deserved a post of its own and I reproduce it here:
Hello boys and girls.
Am back, and glad to be so. Gave the “hugs and kisses”, big hugs and kisses, as well as the kids, and looked outside, thanking god we live here, and not there.
The main strip at Apia, had only superficial damage, so it was opened very quickly. Elsewhere is a different story. The southern and eastern regions of the place are an absolute disaster. Ironically enough, the capital, Apia, on the north coast of Upolu is relatively unscathed. They got the earthquake, but not the full brunt of the tsunami thank goodness. We managed to get in there, and get fuel thankfully, and it was wonderful to watch, as aircraft from all over the place, were coming in with aid, supplies, fuel and personnel, with eventually, quite literally with no place to put them. Gave us at least, a warm feeling, that perhaps this isn’t such a bad planet to live on after all ?
The majority of the damage, is on the southern, and eastern coasts of the island. The villages, that dot that portion of the island, are quite literally gone, and I mean GONE. So any figure you hear about deaths, is purely conjecture at this stage. Hell, they may never know the exact figure. They are apparently just rounding up survivors, and getting figures that way, trying relentlessly to cross names of a bloody ginormous list. The last census that anyone knows about, was about 2001, and the population figure was about 130k, so now, who knows. It may take weeks or even months before a figure is ascertained.
I honestly believe, that a correct figure will ever be known.
From what I saw, there were quite literally bodies tangled thirty some feet in palm trees. These were people, madly running to the hills to escape the waves, and didn’t make it. Never seen anything like it.
Anyway, the planes are back, cleaned, and refueled ready to go again. Probably won’t have to go, as we didn’t do all that much.
Many questions are about to be asked, now is not the time, but come the following weeks, they will be. The you beaut early warning system, was a god dammed disaster. So that will be the first one to be asked, I suppose.
Cheers all, going to give everyone another hug and a kiss, and praise the bloke upstairs for my good luck.
Perhaps not a bad idea for us all, not to do the same ?
A most sincere Hat tip To Len and the boys for this one and I want to repeat that if you can help then please do so.
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