In a nationwide address last night, Fiji's interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama assured the nation help is on the way for areas affected by Cyclone Tomas.
He said the government's first priority is to carry out an assessment to determine the full extent of the damage.
"In conjunction, three Fiji Navy vessels are leaving this evening respectively for the Lomaiviti Group, the Lau Group and for the Northern Region islands, such as Cikobia," Bainimarama said.
"These vessels shall carry emergency relief supplies including food, water, tents and tarpaulins. Assessment teams and Red Cross personnel shall also be on the naval vessels."
He said the navy boats will leave tomorrow for Lau and Lomaiviti groups with more supplies and planting material from the Ministry of Agriculture as well as RFMF engineers and public servants who will be deployed to carry out rehabilitation work.
Bainimarama said his regime will focus on rehabilitating medical centers and schools that have been damaged as soon as possible..
Apart from the outer islands, relief work and assessment is also being carried out in the affected parts of Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Rabi and Kioa.