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Australia election: How climate is making Australia more unliveable

"It's devastating. The amount of time and effort you put in your home and then to see it go under water."

Sam Bowstead is an architect who specialises in preparing houses to withstand natural disasters. But when floods engulfed his Brisbane home in February, he felt helpless.

  • Shaimaa Khalil and Tiffanie Turnbull
  • BBC

“I’ve worked with people who’ve been in similar situations – now this happened to me,” he says.

“I was shocked at how fast [the water] rose… more than a metre in a couple of hours. I went from being worried about our property to being worried about our safety.”

In the end, a boat was the only way out.

Mr Bowstead’s experience…

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