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Winter Storms Hit Japan

dateline: 18 February 2014

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • a dozen: twelve
  • collapse: to fall down
  • stranded: unable to go anywhere; stuck
  • blizzard: heavy snowfall

Winter Storms Hit Japan

winter storms hit Tokyo last week, killing up to a dozen people and leaving many more injured. buildings collapsed due to the weight of the recording-breaking snowfall. Tokyo and surrounding areas received over a of snow. Hundreds of flights were cancelled and many roads were closed, leaving travellers stranded. Winter storms are currently north where parts of Japan are under a blizzard and avalanche .

  1. What is the main purpose of this report?
  2. Why did some buildings collapse in Japan this week?
  3. Why does the report mention avalanches?

Discussion Question: Many countries have experienced extreme weather in the past few years. Are you personally concerned about the effects of climate change in your country? Why or why not?

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