Death Toll over a 100 and rising. Over a thousand homes lost. Samoa is in ruins.
"Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has confirmed that a six-year-old Australian girl has been killed in the Samoa tsunami.
A 50-year-old Australian woman, Maree Blacker has also died. Mr Rudd says three Australians are still missing in Samoa and seven are in hospital.
The death toll from the tsunami which swept through the Pacific this morning has passed 100 and 1,000 have lost their homes.
Resorts, homes and a newly built hospital have been washed away.
Doctor Puni of the Medcen Private Hospital in Apia says people inland and inside bungalows on the beach, are among those who were caught up in the tsunami.
"Some of them saw the wave coming and so they were heading out towards higher ground and the wave just overtook them, while they were on flight to higher grounds unfortunately and some of them did not have very much option at all," he said.
'Reef sucked dry'
Tourists are gathered at the airport in Samoa recounting their tales of holiday horror.
New Zealander Hamish Nead was out surfing when the tsunami hit.
He says the reef was sucked dry in front of his eyes.
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele says his country is shocked. He says everything happened like lightning and there was no time to run.
Australia has two Air Force Hercules aircraft ready to fly emergency supplies to Samoa.
Australia, New Zealand and France are working together to coordinate sending the aid.
The Parliamentary Secretary for International Assistance, Bob McMullan, says Australia will be sending medical supplies and other emergency help.
He says the Samoan Government has made it clear how serious the problem is.
"The most sort of stark thing that the Government said they needed, although I'm not sure that we'll be ones to supply it, is they need morgue facilities," he said.
"Now that's one of those messages that sends a chill down your spine, to hear someone perfectly reasonably, sensibly saying the problem is the morgue's not adequate for the consequences."
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says details of what assistance Australia will provide are being finalised.
"We are working as Australia very closely not just with the Samoans but with our friends in New Zealand and the Government of France and others who are active in the region to provide all levels of practical support possible," he said.
"But it may take some time before the full impact of the disaster is known."
A community in Northern Tasmania is mourning the loss of horse trainer Maree Blacker who was killed in the tsunami."
Mrs Blacker's husband John is also well-known in the local racing industry.
Mr Blacker remains in Samoa and is being assisted by the Department of Foreign Affairs.Northern Midlands Mayor Kim Polley says the Longford community is devastated.
"The Blacker family is highly respected not only in this community but statewide, especially in the racing fraternity," he said.
"Maree worked with John to achieve goals that they had gained in the racing industry. It's a huge shock and its a huge loss."
An industry spokesman, Peter Staples, says the trip to Samoa was Mrs Blacker's birthday gift from her husband.
"The entire Tasmanian racing industry is in mourning today for the loss of Maree and obviously our heartfelt feelings go out to John who was with her and it's just an absolute tragedy," he said.
-Australians worried about friends or relatives in Samoa or American Samoa can call a DFAT hotline on 1300 555 135.http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009 ... 701157.htm