The president of Palau says the country is gradually recovering from Typhoon Haiyan, but more international support is needed to meet immediate and long-term needs.
Tommy Remengesau junior says most of the island of Kyangel has been cleaned up and some structures have been rebuilt, after it was totally devastated by the typhoon.
But Mr Remengesau told Pacific Beat power is still out, water is contaminated, communication is limited, and Japan and China are the only nations to provide significant assistance.
"I would say we are doing the best we can," he said.
"You always want things to move faster than normal.. we're doing with whatever resources we have at this time.
"I would love for things to move faster ...but we have limited resources and so we can only do so much at a time.
Mr Remengesau says while the recovery effort is slow, steady progress is being made.
"We've managed to clean up most of the island," he said.
"We've fixed three structures now that people can move there and instead of being housed here in the capital Koror, they're with the residents of Kayangel.
"Power is still out, water is contaminated and salty, communication is basically on a VHF radio."
The president says China is among the few nations to have provided some real assistance.
"We are now on the first day of trying to put together prefabricated homes that have been generously contributed by ... China," he said.
"There's a military ship from China (which) arrived yesterday with a cargo so our people are beginning today to put up those temporary homes and they will be transported to Kayangel.
"Hopefully in the next month we might be able to put up the prefab houses and individual familes can also move there and begin to restore the life to normalcy."
Mr Remengesau says more international assistance to help rebuild Palau is needed.
"I guess we are a victim of our smallness and lack of media coverage because so far the most helpful nations that have come to our assistance I would say is Japan and ... China," he said.
"The rest of the assistance has really just been assured in words but the actual financial assistance that has been given to us is very minimal.
"So we are relying on mostly on our own efforts and (the) generosity of individual donors from Japan and the government of Japan as well as the Republic of China.
The president says Palau's national emergency committee and other organisations reviewing the damage agree ten million US dollars is needed just to restore basic services.
"They all agree that the immediate damage needs for Palau is around 10 million US just to put the power, the water, homes, schools and dispensaries to normalcy," he said.
"The amount of money we need is 10 million but so far we only have approrpriated from our own local resources about $1.5 million, and we're working with that.
Mr Remengesau says despite the typhoon, the people of Palau remain resilient and are grateful they survived.
"In the end people realise this is not just a matter of being grateful for assistance," he said.
"Basically people are grateful for their lives because we look at what is happening in the Philippines with the loss of lives, and the loss of family members and (things) could have been worse for us.
"At least we just have to worry about ...putting back normalcy to the people's everyday life.