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Oct 1, 2009 8:22 AM by Associated Press

Death toll keeps rising as aid flows to tsunami-hit Samoas

Officials say the death toll from the tsunami that crashed over some South Pacific islands is at least 150.

Shortly after Samoa's prime minister told reporters 110 people had died in his country, the police commander said the toll would rise and it could take weeks to account for all the missing.

At least 31 people were killed on American Samoa and nine in Tonga by the tsunami Tuesday morning, which occurred after a magnitude 8.0 quake struck off Samoa.

Among the hardest hit regions was the southeast coast of Samoa. Several tourist resorts there were wiped out.

Military transports are ferrying medical personnel, food, water and medicine to Samoa and American Samoa.

A cargo plane from New Zealand brought in a temporary morgue and a body identification team.

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