A Solomon Islands government vessel is leaving Honiara today carrying relief supplies for the eastern parts of the country struck by Cyclone Pam last week.
The islands of Tikopia and Anuta are believed to be the worst affected, with extensive damage reported on Tikopia, and no contact made with Anuta.
The director of operations for the National Disaster Management Office, George Baragamu, says the police boat is carrying an assessment team and emergency relief supplies and will arrive in the area early next week.
"We are expecting significant damage, particularly to certain sectors like agriculture, probably fisheries, as well as water and sanitation and so to the health sector."
George Baragamu says another supply vessel will depart Honiara early next week.