Fiji is still trying to determine the extent of damage to remote islands days after getting hit by super cyclone Winston. Rough cut (No reporter narration)
Remote Fijian areas still cut off days after super cyclone
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Fijian authorities were still trying to reach remote areas of the archipelago on Tuesday (February 23) to assess the scale of damage days after a powerful cyclone tore through the Pacific island nation, killing at least 29 people.
There are fears the death toll could rise when communication resumes with the smaller islands where thousands of people live in tin or wooden shacks in low-lying areas.
Aerial footage of damaged buildings in the province of Rakiraki show whole villages flattened and flooded after tropical cyclone Winston tore through late on Saturday (February 20) with wind gusts of up to 325 kph (200 mph).
The Fijian government said it would send boats to remote locations in the archipelago of 300 islands on Tuesday to provide urgent aid.
An Australian government emergency response team arrived in Fiji overnight when the main airport at Nadi was reopened.
Both Australia and New Zealand were deploying aerial surveillance flights on Tuesday.
Winston weakened to a tropical storm as it headed towards Vanuatu, which was devastated almost a year ago by Category 5 Cyclone Pam.