Week of Natural Disasters Stuns Small Countries

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Aid workers continue to search for survivors in Indonesia and Samoa, as those two island nations try to pick up the pieces from this week's devastating natural disasters. Meanwhile, in the storm-ravaged Philippines, villagers are bracing for a possible super typhoon.

Indonesia's government warns that the death toll will climb much higher. Thousands of people are still missing, the searches will continue for weeks. Over 500 buildings took heavy damage -- some were completely leveled.

"All the buildings on this side collapsed. Then the other side collapsed ... then the fires began," quake survivor Elizabeth Marsali said.

There was one bit of good news amid the carnage, as a teenage girl was found alive after spending 40 hours beneath a pile of rubble. But the situation otherwise is grim. President Barack Obama is pledging his support.

"My administration's been in touch with the government of Indonesia to make it clear that the United States stands ready to help in this time of need," Obama said.

In Samoa, 6,000 miles away, the death toll now stands at over 165 and climbing following an earthquake and tsunami earlier this week. Much-needed aid is on the way from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand 
 
"One bag of rice and we share about 15 families, or 18 families," tsunami survivor Leleone Teo said.

And in the Philippines, thousands of villagers were fleeing before a powerful typhoon arrives -- just days after another powerful storm led to the worst flooding in 40 years and killed more than 420.


 

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