Typhoon Haiyan has devastated the island of Kayangel in Palau's north, according to an assessment of damages by emergency crews after the super typhoon struck overnight.

Blas Lawrence from Palau's Government Media Office has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat no casualties have been reported, although all homes on the island have been destroyed.

"When we approached on the helicopter, the whole island was devastated," Mr Lawrence said.

"I had goose bumps on the aircraft trying to think there are a lot of people laying down there.

"But fortunately, when we arrived, the first report that the citizens gave us was that there was no injury."

Greg Grimsich, humanitarian affairs officer at the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Fiji, says early warnings have been an important part of preventing casualties.

"A lot of the resilience that we see in the communities [comes] with the early warnings and the proactive steps of the government," he said.

"With those early warnings going out from the Met Services, from the governments of Yap State and Palau, the residents were able to prepare, some were able to evacuate, some were able to prepare their homes."

Mr Grimsich says while radio communication was cut off during the storm, some mobile networks allowed the communities to stay informed.

"The radio services, I understand, went down in both Yap and Palau, kind of in the middle of the storm," he said.

"However, mobile networks remained up for the most part, however intermittent.

"There's a lot of messaging going out by text messages, going out to communities... people are being kept informed."

Mr Lawrence says more than 60 people, who ignored a mandatory order to evacuate ahead of the typhoon, are staying in shelters with no access to power.

"The 68 residents, including two invalid men and a lot of children are still in Kayangel," he said.

"They are sheltered in the government building, the state of office and dispensary, and also one concrete house.

"There's no power now and all the communications are gone, so there's no communication between them and Koror."

Mr Lawrence says the residents also lack access to clean water.

"Kayangel is an atoll, so there is no large source of clean water for them," he said.

"The public works people were just talking about how it's going to probably take about three to five months just to restore water and power for the island.

"Within three days, there will be a decision... [whether] the island is not liveable for everybody."

He says emergency crews are planning to take all remaining residents away from Kayangel by boat.

"If the boat wouldn't be able to carry all of them, they would do another trip to get the remaining citizens," Mr Lawrence said.

"But now we're here at the National Emergency Management Office... and they're planning to send two large boats.

"With that, those three boats can carry all of the citizens."

Mr Grimisch says Palau government is working in tandem with international relief organizations to bring assistance to affected citizens.

"The Palau government is working closely with partners in the Red Cross to provide assistance to those populations that are affected, but it is a relatively small number, given the potential that this typhoon had," he said.

"Fortunately, local capacities in Palau are able to meet the needs... people are really pulling together and helping out communities in most need there."

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