Aid reaches remote Fiji villages

Aid reaches remote Fiji villages

Eight days after Fiji was ravaged by a Category 5 storm, aid has finally reached some of the most remote villages.

In the settlement of Verevere, in the north of the main island, road access has been blocked by trees for days, but aid has finally got through.

"There is nothing left in the village," says pastor Kimi Radawa. "It's a good news that they supply something for the village...that can accommodate our community."

And good news is what they need.

Laden with goods, including building materials and food, the children returned to the community hall.

It's a welcome delivery, and after so many days cut off it's a bit overwhelming.

"I would like to thank every supporter who already came here and gave us food, and I would like to thank you guys for turning up today," says village leader Simi Koroi.

The village hall is where everyone sleeps now -- all 104 of them. Outside of those walls, there's not much else, with the village all but destroyed.

It's difficult to grasp how a community would come back from an event like this; they really have so little left. There were 42 homes in this village, only five remain standing.

"At the moment we just need our homes to come we can go back to our houses," says one villager.

The people have had some help with that -- new roofing iron is on some of the buildings thanks to a team of Auckland builders.

"They are probably the sweetest people you could ever imagine...and we know how wiped out they got and we couldn't not [help]. Everyone wanted to help," says Emma Rich of Mont Blanc Holdings.

There is still so much to do here, but even though they don't have homes at least the villagers have each other.