Bay Area Aid Ships Off to Samoa

Supplies should arrive in a week

By Jessica Greene
|  Monday, Oct 5, 2009  |  Updated 8:45 AM PDT
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A container ship loaded with donations of medical supplies, clothing, food, and water left the Port of Oakland Sunday afternoon.

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Help is on the way from the Bay Area to Samoa to help victims of the tsunamis.

A container ship loaded with donations of medical supplies, clothing, food, and water left the Port of Oakland Sunday afternoon.

Trucks were lined up outside the gates over the weekend waiting to unload supplies onto the ship. The cargo is expected to reach Samoa in a week.

A FEMA plane from the agency's Region 9 Incident Management Assessment Team, headquartered in Oakland, left last week for the devastated region.

Entire villages were destroyed on the shores of American Samoa and Samoa on Tuesday when the magnitude 8.3 underwater earthquake near Indonesia triggered a tidal wave.

At least 176 people have died so far in the disaster.

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