- disruption /dis-RUHP-shuhn /
- stranded /STRAN-did/
- widespread /WAHYD-SPRED/
- vulnerable /VUHL-ner-uh-buhl /
- drought /drout/
[noun] – the action of preventing something, especially a system, process, or event, from continuing as usual or as expected
The storm caused disruption to flight schedules.
[adjective] – unable to leave somewhere because of a problem such as not having any transport or money
We were left stranded on the third avenue due to the flood.
[adjective] – existing or happening in many places and/or among many people
There was widespread support for the president.
[adjective] – able to be easily physically or mentally hurt, influenced, or attacked
The food company is in an economically vulnerable position.
[noun] – a long period when there is little or no rain
Severe drought has afflicted many regions in Asia.
The power grids of the three countries are interconnected and linked to Russia’s network through a Soviet-built power line that runs through Kazakhstan. It enables them to source power from Russia’s grid when there are sudden shortages. Outages were reported in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, and several cities in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Many residents lost access to tap water, heating, petrol pumps, and the internet, based on a report by a news agency. Hospitals had to rely on generators to keep critical equipment working and some underground trains were left stuck in tunnels. Moreover, skiers were reportedly left stranded on a cable car at Amirsoy, Uzbekistan’s largest ski resort. The outage has once again drawn widespread concerns about how vulnerable the 1970s-built power line is. Kazakhstan has experienced power shortages before, following the success of crypto-currency mining – the process by which transactions are verified and new “coins” are created. Hydroelectric power is used in the country, however, it has been hampered by drought.
- Have you experienced a blackout? If yes, did you get any alerts or warnings from your government?
- How would you describe the electric power industry in your country?
- What should you do during a power outage?
- Should countries in Central Asia improve their emergency response plans?
- Why do you think disaster preparedness is important?
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