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Floods in Europe

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Floods have been causing havoc in central Europe.

Some areas had two months' rain in two days. Rivers are swollen and still rising.

In the Czech capital, Prague, streets normally packed with tourists are filled with soldiers and volunteers.

Several people have been killed and thousands evacuated.

At the zoo, the tigers are being sedated and moved; the monkeys climbed to safety.

havoc

chaos and confusion

swollen

bigger than usual because of a problem

packed

crowded

evacuated

forced to move from a place of danger

sedated

given medicine to go to sleep

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.

havoc / swollen / packed / evacuated / sedated

1.
The ward is so __________ with babies and young children that they are sharing beds. At one stage, up to 70 new patients were arriving at the hospital every day.

2.
The sixth Fast & Furious movie stars Vin Diesel as a gang leader who is ordered by a US agent - played by Dwayne Johnson - to stop a team of mercenary drivers causing __________ across 12 countries.

3.
John McNair, 77, became trapped after his vehicle was picked up by the water and carried down a __________ stream in Chew Stoke, Somerset, on 22 November.

4.
The Great Western Ambulance Service spokeswoman Mel Glanville said: "Paramedics and a critical care team attended the scene where the patient, suffering from head and chest injuries, was __________ before being transferred to hospital."

5.
A fire then broke out in the right engine of the Airbus A319 British Airways flight to Oslo. The jet landed safely and its 75 passengers and crew were __________.

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How did you do?

1

packed

2

havoc

3

swollen

4

sedated

5

evacuated