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Incêndio florestal deixou mortos no Arizona

Atualizado em  5 de julho, 2013 - 04:52 (Brasília) 07:52 GMT

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Fire eats up the forest in Arizona.

This is the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the US for 30 years.

The blaze spread rapidly amid high heat, low humidity and windy conditions.

Helicopters and planes tried to douse flames from above. Thousands of people have been evacuated.

As some American states experience extreme temperatures and drought, meteorologists have warned that more forest fires may hit California and New Mexico.


Transcrição em português


O fogo consome a floresta no Arizona.

Este é o incêndio florestal com o maior número de vítimas entre os bombeiros nos últimos 30 anos nos Estados Unidos.

As chamas se alastraram rapidamente em meio ao calor intenso, baixa umidade e fortes ventos.

Do alto, helicópteros e aviões tentaram extinguir as chamas. Milhares de pessoas foram evacuadas.

Com alguns Estados Americanos registrando seca e temperaturas extremamente elevadas, meteorologistas alertaram que outros incêndios florestais poderão ocorrer na Califórnia and Novo México.


Vocabulary

wildfire
amid
douse
evacuated
meteorologists

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

wildfire / amid / douse / evacuated / meteorologists

1. TV pictures showed chaotic scenes as crowds swarmed the crash site, some helping pass along hoses to __________ the smoking wreckage.

2. A smaller area is ablaze on Tenerife. On the mainland, two firefighters died while helping to extinguish a __________ in Torremanzanas, a village north of the eastern coastal town of Alicante.

3. The severe weather is also affecting neighbouring Bulgaria and Romania, where six people have reportedly died. __________ warn that the cold snap in the region could continue and temperatures may drop even further.

4. The manufacturing and export sectors have been key drivers of China's economic growth in recent years. However, they have been under pressure lately __________ a slowdown in key export markets as well as China's own economic growth.

5. The quake caused buildings to sway in Tijuana, where Easter celebrations were interrupted as families rushed for open ground. There were power cuts and hospitals and public buildings were __________ in Mexico's Baja California state.


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Source: Lagos air crash: No survivors, officials say
http://bbc.in/Lcg5rh

2. A smaller area is ablaze on Tenerife. On the mainland, two firefighters died while helping to extinguish a wildfire in Torremanzanas, a village north of the eastern coastal town of Alicante.

Source: Fire in Spain's Canary Islands forces La Gomera exodus
http://bbc.in/OdLBKu

3. The severe weather is also affecting neighbouring Bulgaria and Romania, where six people have reportedly died. Meteorologists warn that the cold snap in the region could continue and temperatures may drop even further.

Source: Dozens die in Ukraine's cold snap
http://bbc.in/VU8Rh6

4. The manufacturing and export sectors have been key drivers of China's economic growth in recent years. However, they have been under pressure lately amid a slowdown in key export markets as well as China's own economic growth.

Source: China manufacturing growth rate slows
http://bbc.in/19Nwm4U

5. The quake caused buildings to sway in Tijuana, where Easter celebrations were interrupted as families rushed for open ground. There were power cuts and hospitals and public buildings were evacuated in Mexico's Baja California state.

Source: Earthquake rocks western Mexico
http://bbc.in/9MVdjz

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