On April 9, Fiji authorities have begun damage assessments following Harold's devastation as a Category 4 storm. Widespread flooding and damage to homes were reported across the country.

Although the full extent of the damage is still not clear, authorities are advising the public to remain in their homes.

According to Misa Funaki of the Fiji Meteorological Service, communication networks were down in the outer islands, including Kadavu which was severely hit. Most of the damages were reported in that area as well.

"Reports are coming in on the devastation caused by Harold-- not only on the main island of Viti Levu but more so in the maritime islands of the Lomaiviti and Lau group," said Funaki.

"Reports are coming in of the damage-- of houses being ripped apart and of storm surges in the remote islands," he continued.

The village of Naioti bore the brunt of the cyclone as houses were pounded and debris was scattered across the place. A full assessment of the damage in Kadavu, southern Lau, and smaller islands nearby is being conducted.

A major clean-up operation is now underway, with police officials and military clearing debris and evacuating people from flooded rivers. The last time the island was during the 206 Cyclone Winston, the strongest in the southern hemisphere which killed 44.