Fijians in remote and coastal villages are finally get aid, after a power cyclone that killed more than 40 people.

The Fijian government and international aid agencies reached outer islands and villages on Wednesday, and Australia and New Zealand said they were ready to deploy helicopters to reach other areas that remained cut off.

The death toll has crept up in the days since Cyclone Winston struck Fiji late on Saturday as communication has gradually been restored with the outer reaches of the archipelago that is home to some 900,000 people.

Thousands of people are still sheltering in evacuation centres, their homes destroyed by winds or flooded by the most powerful storm to ever strike a Pacific nation.

An emergency response team from the International Red Cross reached the outer island of Koro, the seventh-largest of Fiji’s 300 islands and one of the worst hit, by ship on Tuesday evening. READ MORE.