Author: Maeve Campbell

Students design a ‘floating house’ to save people from floods

Source(s): Euronews

A revolutionary concept for a flood resistant ‘floating house’ has been designed by students in the UK.

The idea is that the house would float whenever a flood approaches and shelter people for at least six weeks during catastrophic weather. It could be used as storage for food, water, medicine and sanitation products and is developed to enhance disaster resilience within local communities.

The design has won a place in the top six in the international HUMLOG Global Disaster Preparedness Competition.

It was provoked by recent extreme flooding in Vietnam. ​​According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), globally nearly 70 million people are endangered by floods each year.

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