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Typhoons, cyclones, earthquakes... sadly, they happen all too often. This unit is about disasters and how people survive them. In this session, we help you learn the language you need to talk about these events

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When disaster strikes...

After Typhoon Haiyan

In this unit we're going to be looking at natural disasters, and how people survive them. First, to help you learn the vocabulary for the unit, we're going to read about a tragedy that happened in the Philippines in 2013.

To do

Read the text and answer the questions.

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Typhoon Haiyan was one of the most destructive storms in history.

The statistics speak for themselves. It killed over 6,000 people, six million workers lost their sources of income and 30,000 boats were destroyed. In total, around 15 million people were affected. In many towns and cities over 90% of buildings were ruined, forcing many to live in shelters.

The storm struck on 8 November 2013. It was the most powerful ever to hit land, with heavy rain, winds of over 170 mph and sea levels rising by up to seven metres. At present the Philippines sees around 20 typhoons a year. The IPCC believes that climate change will mean an increase in cyclones, leaving even more people in the region at risk.

The scale of the tragedy also triggered a huge humanitarian response. Charities and aid agencies around the world raised money and delivered aid to populations affected, and volunteers from around the world offered their skills and assistance. Many people were critical of the pace of the Filipino government's efforts to rebuild communities, though officials said they responded well to their country's biggest ever logistical challenge.

True or false?

6 Questions

Are these statements true or false?

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True or false?

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Are these statements true or false?

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Well done. Now it's time to look at all the new language in a vocabulary test. 

Session Vocabulary

  • typhoon
    a very strong wind which moves in a circle in the Western Pacific Ocean

    disasters
    events that cause a lot of harm

    tragedy
    a very sad event

    destructive
    causing a lot of damage

    shelters
    places which give protection

    struck
    hit

    mph
    miles per hour (speed)

    cyclones
    very strong winds which move in circles

    at risk
    in danger (of)

    triggered
    caused

    humanitarian
    relating to improving human lives and reducing suffering

    charities
    organisations people give money to so they can help others

    aid agencies
    organisations that provide money and help to those suffering

    populations
    (here) groups of people in a particular situation

    volunteers
    people who give their time for free

    logistical
    relating to the careful organisation of things and people to achieve a difficult task