These Before And After Photos Show The Devastating Impact Of Fiji's Cyclone Winston

09/03/2016 6:22 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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People inspect the damage at Namuimada village settlement on February 26, 2016, caused by Cyclone Winston which devastated Fiji. Humanitarian aid was finally reaching isolated communities in Fiji devastated by super-cyclone Winston, with the government estimating the damage bill will top hundreds of millions of dollars. At least 44 people died when the most powerful storm in Fiji's history hit on February 20 and the UN says about 50,000 -- more than five percent of the entire population -- have been left homeless. AFP PHOTO / STEVEN SAPHORE / AFP / STEVEN SAPHORE (Photo credit should read STEVEN SAPHORE/AFP/Getty Images)

Satellite images taken of Fiji have revealed the devastating destruction Cyclone Winston, which killed more than 40 people, has left across the remote islands.

The UN and Fijian government have appealed for US$38.6 million in emergency relief aid after 40 per cent of the population -- that's 350,000 Fijians -- were impacted by the cyclone which hit the country in late February.

UN humanitarian agency OCHA confirmed more than 18,000 homes have been affected by the deadliest tropical cyclone on record in the Southern Hemisphere. And the damage across the country exceeds US$470 million, according to the government.

On Wednesday, Australia’s Defence Force Chief Mark Binskin ended a two-day tour of Fiji and told media the 900 troops on the ground have delivered 480 tonnes of humanitarian equipment and supplies. The UN delivered nearly 100 metric tonnes of humanitarian aid on the same day.

But it's only the beginning of a long road to rebuilding the country. About 250,000 people are in need of water, hygiene assistance and sanitation, the UN said. On Monday, there were still more than 50,000 people in almost 1,000 evacuation centres across the country.

While more than 180 islands were hit by the cyclone, Koro Island was among the hardest hit.

These photos show the extent of the damage:

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Namacu village on Koro Island.

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Vatulele village on Koro Island.

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Nathamaki village on Koro Island.

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Nasua village on Koro Island.

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A closer look at Nasua village on Koro Island.

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Soso village on Yasawa island.

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