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Cyclone Gita's trail of destruction exposes poor building standards in Tonga

20 February 2018

Cyclone Gita's trail of destruction exposes poor building standards in Tonga

National Emergency Management Office, Graham Kenna, said that while building standards "did already exist" in Tonga, they were rarely followed or enforced. Many Tongan roofs were held down solely with nails that popped out when strong winds lifted the corrugated iron they're hammered into. Metal strapping, lots of it, was needed to fasten them securely.

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Characteristics of technology Use this and other examples to explain the role codified knowledge plays in technological practice. 5
Characteristics of technology Use this and other examples to explain technology as a field of ongoing contestation and why competing priorities arise. 7

Keywords: cyclone, housing, construction and mechanical, characteristics of technology

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