TROPICAL Cyclone Evan has left villagers of Yadua Island and Naivaka in Bua without food and water.
But the villagers were caught by surprise when the Commissioner Northern Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica and a group of heads of government departments visited them in a helicopter on Wednesday to ascertain the damage caused by the cyclone.
The visit was part of the Northern Emergency Operations centre's aerial assessment on the damage by TC Evan.
"From an aerial view, it's devastating to see most farms destroyed as a result of strong winds and rain as these are a major food source to families in the area," Lt-Col Moceica said.
"There is scarcity of water and we are doing everything we can to assist them. There is no major damage on infrastructure but only fallen branches of trees blocking access to the villages and the villagers are making an effort to clear the debris."
He said a team was deployed to cart food and water to the villagers.