India: Flood in Himalayas: BBC News Review reviews

September 12, 2022

India: Flood in Himalayas
At least 18 people are dead and 150 missing after a piece of a Himalayan glacier fell into a river and triggered a huge flood in northern India. The floodwaters burst open a dam and a deluge of water poured through a valley in the state of Uttarakhand. Tom and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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Video chapters:
0:00​​ – Introduction
0:31​​ – Story
1:23​​ – Headline 1: Uttarakhand glacier disaster:Eighteen dead after India glacier bursts dam
4:55 – Headline 2: Rescuers search for 170 missing after Indian glacier causes devastating flood
7:22 – Uttarakhand flood: Raini villagers had raised alarm before HC around 2 years ago
10:49​​ – Language summary

The story
Indian troops have rushed to the scene to help, as emergency workers battle through thick mud and debris in the effort to reach survivors.

Many of those missing worked at one of the hydroelectric plants which was devastated by the torrent of snow, ice and water which swept down the valley.

Key words and phrases

breaks suddenly

There was sugar everywhere after the bag burst in my hands.
The floor is wet as one of the water pipes has burst.
very damaging

New trade restrictions may have a devastating effect on the economy.
Julia had to sit down after she heard the devastating news.
raised the alarm
made people aware of danger

A young boy raised the alarm after spotting the flames.
Doctors have raised the alarm about new strains of the virus.

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  1. Conversation with written is perfect

  2. 1. Devastating hurricane hit my village a month ago.
    2. My brother has raised the alarm that studying abroad is really risky
    3. This bag of rice burst and a large amount of rice came out

  3. Thank you, BBC>

  4. Government raised the alarm to stay at home after getting devastating news about spread of Covid-19 pandemic around the world, and it almost seemed like "car crashed and burst into flames". This is because it was unexpected and virus spread out at an alarming rate.

  5. I like Cathrine so much 😇 for specific and all BBC staff…you guys are so cool!

  6. Bursts:breaks suddenly. its to do with containers. any containers that hold something can burst. when i filled my cup with water, it burst.
    devastating: very damaging. it's to do with things like death or serious illness or divorce
    when she knew her parents had passed away, she was devastated.
    raised the alarm: make people aware of danger, a very formal expression. it's similar to warn but warn usually is used in a informal way
    the police man had raised the alarm before he shot.

  7. burst out laughing ?? is it correct ?

  8. Thank you Madam

  9. I listen you often on podcasts always interesting and instructive …I’m sad for this people ..I love india country

  10. Global Climate is actually an important and serious issue

  11. Thanks Bbc

  12. Hope you remember today's vocabulary:
    Brusts: break suddenly
    Devastating: very damaging
    Raised the alarm: made people aware of danger

  13. When I heard the devastating news, I often need to breathe deeply to keep myself calmer. For example, my boss raised the alarm about my weekly deadline. 😂
    Hopefully, I'll get more perfected in managing my time in 2021 to not only make him not bad-tempered anymore but also help save my life 😉

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  15. Whenever I procrastinate my assignment the situation becomes devastating

  16. The coffee container burst and the beans were everywhere

  17. The military coup in Myanmar is devastating to the citizens' future, democracy, and media freedom.

  18. A devastating earthquake bursts everything.
    At times animals raise the alert people about a sign of it.

  19. The police officer burst into a cry and went into a devastating condition when no one raised the alarm of California tree fires

  20. Hello both of you, Hello Everyone
    Every time I watch your previous videos from 2018 and even before, I get very nostalgic. You gave off a lot of energy, face to face, and it was almost palpable. How much I regret that time slot. At the moment and for some time now, you continue to release a lot of energy but it will never be the same. You are very good at managing this situation. Hats off !!!

  21. 2:30 there *ARE two things…
    He works for BBC and keeps making the same mistake. 🤦‍♂️

  22. Subscribe 😍

  23. It looks like Catherine in Russia 😉

  24. It’s a little bonus joy peeping personal space of Catherine and other’s as working at home. And I hope their safe.

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