©The Indian Express
- pummel /PUHM-uhl/
- mobilize /MOH-buh-lahyz/
- surmise /ser-MAHYZ/
- levee /LEV-ee/
- catastrophic /at-uh-STROF-ik/
[verb] – to hit someone or something repeatedly
The hurricane winds pummeled the shoreline.
[verb] – to organize or prepare something, such as a group of people, for a purpose
Military troops were mobilized for the search and rescue operation.
[verb] – to guess something, without having much or any proof
They could only surmise the positive outcome of the seminar.
[noun] – a wall made of soil or other materials that is built next to a river to stop the river from overflowing
Levee improvements are being discussed to increase the city’s defenses.
[adjective] – causing sudden and very great harm or destruction
Water shortage in the village has become catastrophic.
Ida made landfall in the state as a category four hurricane, powerful enough to severely damage buildings, trees, and power lines. It was previously deemed “life-threatening” similar to Hurricane Katrina that struck the country—and had the same path as Ida—in 2005 and claimed over a thousand lives. New Orleans’ flood defenses, however, have improved. The levee systems had “performed magnificently,” according to Governor John Bel Edwards. He added that none of the systems had been breached. Still, the damage was catastrophic and authorities continue to be in a “life-saving mode,” said Edwards.
- How often do you encounter a power outage after a hurricane or typhoon hits the area you live in?
- What was the strongest typhoon that made landfall in your country? Please tell me more about it.
- If given the chance, what help would you extend to the residents of Louisiana?
- How do you think the Louisiana locals would live without electricity for weeks?
- In your opinion, how long would it take for Louisiana to recover from the aftermath of the hurricane?
- rescue efforts