Samoa. According to
countryaah, Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi, at
the beginning of the year, warned in a letter to government
officials about corruption, specifically mentioning foreign
investors who are buying benefits and depriving the country
of huge profits.
The battle over the planned transition to left traffic
continued during the year. However, the government's line
triumphed and in September the shift took place. During the
transition, the population was given two days off for
traffic to be reduced, and alcohol consumption was also
banned for three days.
In September, Samoa suffered a natural disaster that
killed nearly 150 people and caused major damage to
agriculture and infrastructure. Entire villages were
eradicated and thousands of people became homeless. An
earthquake in the sea off the island caused several
tsunamis. One of the river waves was close to three meters
high and over a hundred meters wide, and poured far into the
island. The government advertised disaster conditions and
received aid broadcasts from the outside world.