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Thousands affected by flash flooding in Peru
秘魯豪雨成災 數千民眾受困

Rescuers help local residents of the town of Huarmey, 300 kms from Lima, cross the road on Mar. 19 following flash flooding brought by heavy rains.

Photo: AFP

Intense rains in the Peruvian capital of Lima have brought a natural disaster to the area, causing flash floods on March 17 and affecting several thousand people. The floodwaters have turned streets into rivers, forcing emergency rescue personnel to look for ways to evacuate those in affected areas.

According to the central disaster response center, natural disasters have claimed at least 65 lives so far this year in Peru, the latest being three people losing their lives in floods in the northern region of La Libertad, and another two people unaccounted for.

Following continuous heavy rains for the past few weeks, some residents of the suburbs of Lima, a city with a population of 10 million, woke on the morning of March 17 to find their bedrooms flooded.

In addition, sections of the main roads linking Lima with central Peru have been cut off by mudslides.

The flooding from heavy rains have been caused by El Nino, and this year Peru has been hit particularly badly.

(CNA, translated by Paul Cooper)







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El Nino is an oscillation in the ocean and atmosphere system in the tropical Pacific, causing unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific. An El Nino event has major implications for weather around the world, among these being increased rainfall in Peru. El Nino does not happen every year, but can be predicted by taking measurements of changes in the ocean temperature, currents and winds in the tropical Pacific. The term El Nino is Spanish for “little boy” and is short for “El Nino de Navidad,” or “little child of Christmas,” a reference to the newborn Jesus Christ.


1. intense rain; heavy rain n. phr.


(hao2 yu3)

2. flash flood n. phr.


(bao4 hong2)

3. evacuate v.


(che4 li2)

4. claim a life v. phr.


(duo2 zou3 ren2 ming4)

5. unaccounted for phr.


(xia4 luo4 bu4 ming2)

6. flooded adj.


(yan1 shui3)

True or False 是非題

1. Peru has had severe flooding for the past few weeks.

2. Several thousand people throughout the country have been affected by the floods.

3. At least 65 people have lost their lives in the country as a direct result of natural disasters.

4. The residents were fortunate in that it was only their bedrooms that were affected by the flooding.

1. F; 2. F; 3. T; 4. F

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