Pakistan's climate catastrophe: BBC News Review reviews

January 28, 2023

Floods caused by record monsoon rains in Pakistan have killed over a thousand people and affected over 33 million others.

It’s thought the cost of dealing with the crisis will reach over 10 billion dollars. One of Pakistan’s regional governments has called the disaster a “climate change catastrophe”.

Key words and phrases

on steroids
a more extreme version

* This video game is like the old version on steroids.
* Smartphones are like mobile phones on steroids.

suddenly filled with water; have too much work to do

*The land became swamped after the storms.
*The students were swamped with work before their exams.

typical signs of something

* The crime had all the hallmarks of the mafia.
* Flooding is one of the hallmarks of climate change.
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0:00 – Introduction
0:21 – Story
1:12 – Headline 1: CNN: Pakistan floods caused by ‘monsoon on steroids,’ says UN chief in urgent appeal
3:30 – Headline 2: The Times of Israel: A third of Pakistan is underwater as tens of millions swamped by deadly floods
5:22 – Headline 3: The Economic Times: Explained: Why Pakistan’s fatal flooding has hallmarks of warming
6:55 – Language summary

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  1. thankful to BBC English they was help us in dangers situation

  2. Thanks for the lesson🙏 Beth is Cute ❣☺️

  3. Vocabulary from this video:
    1) On steroids (idiom) more extreme version of something
    exp: Pakistan floods caused by monsoon on steroids; Smartphones are mobile phones on steroids.
    2) swamped (v): suddenly filled with water; to have too much work to do (about to get even worse, and difficult to cope), synonym: snowed under;
    a swamp (n): an area/ land/ ground that is very wet, soft, marshy
    swamp (v): to make something very wet, to cover or fill with water
    Exp: A third of Pakistan is under water as tens of millions were swamped by deadly floods.
    3) Hallmarks (n): literal meaning – a mark/symbol on a precious metal like silver or gold; non-literal: a typical sign/feature of something.
    Exp: BBC news review bears the hallmarks of a BBC learning English programme.

  4. thank vvery good

  5. Thanks BBC 😊

  6. It is very helpful for ielts listening

  7. Thank you so much for digging out the real truth of what is happening in Pakistan with Pakistani people under the fake roof of the currently unacceptable government. Our true leader is Imran khan who is a true Muslim, he only works, struggles, and makes people united, collecting funds for rebuilding the country on their steps. The best thing I felt is you people are exactly like true Muslims who felt the pain of other Muslims and dug the truth of the situation before helping them. The video you people have made is very informative, and vocabulary is also new for all of us to learn. Keep up the good work!

  8. The condition of Pakistan is not good these Pakistani people are facing a lot of challenges these days we request the whole world help to Pakistani people in this worse and tuff situation.

  9. Good Bye Sir. and Bye Mam🙂

  10. Reply
    Reprogram Brain with Tiny Book Stacks January 28, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    Thank you. Worth learning

  11. I very like Beth’s voice! It’s very pleasant to hear!

  12. Thanks you bbc i am trying to do my best to learn english

    From somalia🇸🇴🇸🇴🇸🇴

  13. Loved everything except "the time of Israel". Israel is a illicit state made by US and UK.

  14. Reply
    Thilakasiri S Pathiranage January 28, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    Thank you so much.

  15. Smartly chose words and beautifully defined each words, thanks from Pakistan

  16. Thank you so much for this wonderful lesson!

  17. Your teaching method is awesome and you provide lots of stuff to improve english

  18. 🤲🏻💜💜💜🌍💌💫

  19. So as an example, Beth are you swamped at the moment? Lol.

  20. 跟着bbc学英语

  21. on. Steroid : extreme in nature

  22. on. Steroid : extreme in nature

  23. May Allah protect Pakistan

  24. Thanks so much for useful videos , they help me to expand my knowledge

  25. Reply
    Kênh cầu hạnh phúc January 28, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    Tiếng Anh học giỏi sẽ cân thiết với mọi người. Mà chúng ta xem video này là coi như đã hiểu biết được phần nào rỗi.

  26. Very useful feedback from BBC learning for IELTS speaking test

  27. 🇧🇩💔

  28. Advanced Happy onam

  29. will they gonna donate the income earned from their channel from this video to humanitarian cause in pakistan flood affected areas?

  30. Very easy to understand

  31. Hii Nail, Nice to see you. Watching from Ethiopia.

  32. Reply
    The light of islam Abdullah al mahbub January 28, 2023 at 6:06 pm


  33. Recommended me this clip pls.ohala

  34. Reply
    protocooperation tistory January 28, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    It is contradictory to discuss climate change in Britain, which caused most of the world's pollution during the Industrial Revolution.

  35. Thank you very much for the “hallmark clip” 😁 It becomes more interesting itself when you guys make it clear that way ❤️

  36. If climate change was actually happening then weather events would be weaker not stronger because the strength is the difference between hot and cold and cold areas should be heating more than hot. Therefore there would be less difference. But the facts are there is NO increase in number or strength of storms throughout the world.

  37. Before mocking other countries condition you itself change your reality may pakistan learnt from this

  38. Appreciate your great works guys! 🎉

  39. It will be the best if you provide us with pdf not #BBC.

  40. Deserved❤

  41. Reply
    Thành Nguyễn Tiến January 28, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    on steroids : my phone is on steroids. meaning extremely good
    swamped = to be snowed under. Last week, I had finished my project, it was very busy. I was swamped
    hallmarks = symbol, characteristic of something or someone. Saigon is a hallmarks of Vietnam

  42. Your's report is wrong not thousand peoples this amount you show is very little you think 70 percent Pakistan in flood you imagine how many thousands and thousands people are die

  43. Thanks for this type of useful and helpful videos,it helps the beginners to learn english very easlily.

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