This photo shows the destruction by Cyclone Yasa in northern Bua, Vanua Levu, Fiji, on Saturday.
A powerful cyclone that tore through Fiji late last week has caused havoc in some areas and left people without shelter and fresh water, Fiji Red Cross said on Sunday.
The death toll from Cyclone Yasa, a top category-five storm that made landfall on Thursday, rose to four, authorities said.
Aerial assessment showed that Bua province on the northern island of Vanua Levu suffered 70% damage and destruction, while the small island of Kia was completely destroyed, Fiji Red Cross Director General Ilisapeci Rokotunidau said.
The death toll from Cyclone Yasa rose to four.
"It's like a ground zero, there's nothing left," Rokotunidau told Reuters.
While the largest island of Viti Levu — where about three-quarters of Fijians live — was spared the worst, Vanua Levu and other small islands were in dire need of fresh water and shelter.
Disrupted communications and poor weather were hampering the damage assessment effort but Red Cross volunteers were assisting those in need, Rokotunidau said.
There were concerns about the spread of diseases.
Australia is sending air force aircraft to help with surveillance of storm-affected areas and has offered further assistance to Fiji if needed.
Cyclone Harold, its strength ranked in the highest category of five, passed over Fiji's south at about midday, levelling homes and snapping communications links in the archipelago, which has adopted curbs on movement to rein in the virus.
Cyclone Kenneth, a Category Three storm on the hurricane scale, made landfall in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province late Thursday after swiping the Comoros islands. It made landfall a day later, killing one person and wrecking thousands of homes.
The Meteorological Department has asked local authorities and two ports to raise their highest alert, as the cyclone is expected to unleash a storm surge as high as seven feet (two metres) in coastal districts.
The Fiji National Disaster Management Office said one person was in intensive care and more than 2,500 people had moved to 70 evacuation centres. The category two tropical cyclone is not expected to make landfall in Fiji, though its weather service has issued storm and flood warnings for parts of the country.
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