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dateline: 25 June 2013

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80,000 Rescued From Floods In India

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • flash flood: a sudden flood caused by heavy rainfall
  • terrain: an area of ground
  • evacuate: to leave a dangerous area
  • drone: an unmanned aircraft
  • makeshift: constructed quickly for short-term use
  • stranded: being stuck in one place
  • pilgrimage: a long journey for spiritual reasons

80,000 Rescued From Floods In India

Approximately 1,000 people have died in a region of northern India over the past week due to flash floods caused by early monsoon rains. Homes and roads were washed away, and communication was . The high terrain has made it difficult to reach the survivors, though 80,000 people were evacuated. Drones and makeshift bridges were used to locate and rescue some of the survivors in remote areas. Rescue efforts by the Indian air force had to be scaled back over the weekend due to dense fog and heavy rain. Many of those stranded were on a Hindu pilgrimage to a temple in the Himalayas when the flash flooding hit. The pilgrims the rains to begin this early. show that this is the heaviest rain India has experienced in 80 years.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why did the air force have to scale back rescue efforts?
  2. What was used to locate survivors in remote areas?
  3. What weather record is mentioned in the report?

Discussion Question:
Flooding is becoming a huge problem in a number of countries. Environmentalists blame flooding on manmade climate change. Do you think humans are to blame, or do you think floods and heavy rains are completely natural?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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