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Words in the News
Wednesday 20 February 2002
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  Cairo train disaster
Cairo train fire
Summary: Local authorities in Egypt say that 238 people or more have died in the train tragedy south of Cairo. This report from Paul Wood.
   
The News Listen  
  The carriages were engulfed in flames with terrifying speed. Passengers were packed together, it was standing room only, and when the lights went out in the choking smoke many stood little chance of escape. Bars on the windows of the train probably cost many lives. Among the dead were dozens of children. One of the few survivors told me it was a tunnel of death and those who did escape had to jump from the train while it was still moving.

The cause of this tragedy isn’t known for certain. The train was packed as people are travelling now to see their families for the Muslim festival of Biram. As the injured are treated in mosques and a nearby hospital, the security forces have been put on high alert. The authorities are apparently expecting an angry reaction from the relatives of those killed in what’s become Egypt’s worst ever transport disaster.

Paul Wood, BBC, Al Ayatt.

 
   
The Words Listen
 
  engulfed
completely covered

 
   
  terrifying
very frightening

 
   
  packed
if people are packed together, they have no room to move

 
   
  survivors
people who continue to live after being close to death

 
   
  tragedy
an extremely sad event or situation

 
   
  the injured
a group of people who have damaged some part of their body

 
   
  security forces
people employed by a government to make a country or area safe, such as the police or army

 
   
  disaster
an event which causes a lot of damage

 
   
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