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Cyclone Yasa caused an estimated loss of almost $US250 million to infrastructure, livelihoods and agriculture, Fiji's government said.
The category five storm left four people dead and thousands homeless when it hit the country in December.
Speaking in Parliament, the Disaster Management Minister Inia Seruiratu said about 139,000 people and 31,000 households were directly affected by the super storm.
Seruiratu said more than 8000 homes were destroyed.
The former Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna is the new Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum after a marathon online meeting.
Puna was voted in over Micronesia's candidate Marshall Islands Ambassador to the US, Gerald Zackious by nine to eight.
The outgoing secretary-general, Papua New Guinea's Dame Meg-Taylor had been in the role for over six years.
Regional divisions over who should replace her emerged last year.
The huge clean up has started in Fiji following the recent cyclone, but thousands of Fijians are still in evacuation centres.
Tropical Cyclone Ana went through Fiji and left behind a trail of damage to fragile settlements, properties and livestock.
RNZ Pacific correspondent Lice Movono said the flooding and rain activity recently is one of the biggest rainfalls the country has experienced.
Dozens of international passengers who arrived in Rarotonga over the weekend have tested negative for covid-19, and have been released from supervised quarantine.
The group of 54 were passengers onboard the first Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Rarotonga since the announcement of new community cases of Covid-19 in Northland and north of Auckland.
The intensity of Cyclone Ana surprised many in Fiji which was hammered with 140km/hr gusts and heavy rain over the weekend.
The storm developed into a Category 2 storm after initially sweeping past the Yasawas as a Category 1 system.
It proceeded to cut a swathe through the northern and eastern parts of Viti Levu, including Suva.
As of Sunday the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) said a 49-year-old man had drowned and was the first casualty from the storm.
The people of a village Fiji's prime minister described as the "worst-affected" by Cyclone Yasa in December have decided to completely relocate, instead of rebuilding on the same exposed patch of devastated land.
Cogea, which sits at the junction of two rivers in Vanua Levu, was nearly wiped out by floodwaters on the night of 17 December, as Yasa tore a path directly over the village, leaving 32 families homeless.