People walk along waterlogged roads in Pago Pago, American Samoa, on September 29, 2009, following that day's devastating tsunami.
U.S. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the U.S. territory of American Samoa Tuesday night, bringing a promise of federal aid for the recovery efforts. These South Pacific islands are home to about 65,000 people.
Relief workers are still trying to assess the number of tsunami fatalities, although initial reports suggest at least 25 perished in American Samoa alone. Eni Faleomavaega, the American Samoa representative to the U.S. Congress, told the BBC that tsunami waves had "literally wiped out all the low-lying areas in the Samoan islands."