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For people living in low-lying areas in Southeast Asia, flooding is already a problem—and it will get worse as sea levels rise from climate change. An architecture firm in Vietnam has a new design for housing designed to float when the area floods. The basic, low-cost building is made from local materials like bamboo and leaves, and recycled oil containers at the base make it float. It's constructed using anchors and ties, and can be assembled by the families who will live inside.

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This Flood Video Shows the Mighty Power of Nature

Watch as these Australians film a small creek that becomes a rushing river and eventually carries an entire parking lot of cars away.

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Watch as these Australians film a small creek that becomes a rushing river and eventually carries an entire parking lot of cars away. Make sure you wait (or skip ahead) to the end, where you can see all the cars heaped in a pile where the river deposited them. Australia's Queensland state, if you haven't heard, is experiencing devastating floods.

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If you're like me, you've been watching the tragic floods in Pakistan with a sickening sense of helplessness. Although the death tolls to this point "only" number in the thousands—and thus the event hasn't grabbed the world's attention like the 2004 tsunami or the earthquakes in Pakistan in 2005 or in Haiti earlier this year—more people have been affected by this disaster than by all three of those events combined. A month ago the United Nations was already calling this the worst humanitarian crisis in recent history, and it's now thought that around 21 million people have been injured or displaced by the floods.

Millions upon millions of lives are still at stake. Rescue and relief efforts are ongoing, but many folks I talk to seem to feel sort of helpless to help.

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