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Australian man’s houses outlast Cyclone Winston…and more

Australian man’s houses outlast Cyclone Winston

Peter Drysdale's structures stood up to the worst Cyclone Winston dished up. Photo: ABC

Peter Drysdale’s structures stood up to the worst Cyclone Winston dished up. Photo: ABC

Aussie’s dwellings cost $13,000, can be built in five days and may be cyclone proof. Cheap, sturdy houses designed by an Australian man have survived Fiji’s devastating cyclone with barely a scratch and provide a potential blueprint for reconstruction efforts. In Koroipita, or Peter’s Village, on the north-west coast of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu, residents are cleaning up after Cyclone Winston. But it is not a massive effort like those seen in other cyclone-ravaged parts of the country…

 

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