Gita insurance claim for ASG totals $18.6 million

The amount of federal assistance that has been approved and pending for American Samoa as a result of Tropical Cyclone Gita tops $60 million.

This is the sum of FEMA individual and public assistance for damages, SBA assistance and ASG’s insurance claim of $18.6 million.

Lulu Barber of the Department of Treasury gave a report of the federal assistance at today’s cabinet meeting.

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One of those making a presentation at today’s cabinet meeting was Peter Fuimaono.

A memo which was issued late last month and as far as KHJ News can gather has yet to be rescinded, appointed Elizabeth Perri as Acting Insurance Commissioner until a permanent commissioner is named.

But it appears that Fuimaono still holds the position of Insurance Commissioner .

He was introduced as the Insurance Commissioner at today’s meeting and gave an update on ASG’s insurance claim.

ASG is claiming damages and losses to ASG property caused by Gita of $18.6 million.

Fuimaono said that the insurance adjustor has reviewed ASG’s report and he expects to receive word about a progress payment next week.

The interim or progress payment would be 30% of the total claim, or $6.3 million.

Fuimaono said over the next three months , ASG will be submitting documentation to justify the insurance claim to ASG’s insurer, Lloyds of London.