The death toll in Fiji is now thought to be as high as 10, after Cyclone Winston struck the country over the weekend.
The director of Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office, Akapusi Tuifagalele, says people are in desperate need of assistance, especially in remote areas of the country.
“[They need help to] rebuild their houses if needed and also to vacate the schools, especially the schools that are being used because after one week from tomorrow they will be needed again for our children,” says Mr Tuifagalele.
The island nation declared a state of emergency and a curfew as the Category 5 storm hit made landfall on Saturday.
Wind gusts of high as 325km/h battered the country, in the worst tropical storm in Fiji’s history.
Damage from the cyclone is estimated to be around NZ$154 million.
Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand has given a “small amount of money” as an emergency gesture and will help the country to rebuild.
“Fundamentally there’ll be a clean-up and look, New Zealand will help because we always help in these situations,”
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