- swiftly /SWIFT-lee/
- stranded /STRAN-did/
- persist /per-SIST/
- closure /KLOH-zher/
- adjacent /uh-JEY-suhnt /
[adverb] – quickly or immediately
The rescue team swiftly responded to the emergency call, arriving at the scene within minutes to provide immediate assistance to the injured hikers.
[adjective] – unable to leave somewhere because of a problem such as not having any transportation or money
Due to the sudden snowstorm, many motorists found themselves stranded on the highway, unable to continue their journey until the weather improved.
[verb] – if an unpleasant feeling or situation persists, it continues to exist
Despite the doctor’s advice and medication, her headaches persisted, causing her ongoing discomfort and concern about her health.
[noun] – the act of stopping operations of a business, school, hospital, etc.
The company’s financial woes led to the closure of a local factory, impacting many employees.
[adjective] – very near, next to, or touching
The park is located adjacent to the river, providing a picturesque view of the water from its scenic walking trails.
In addition, the threat of landslides in the mountainous region led to the issuance of the highest “black” rainstorm warning for the first time in two years. The government also warned of potential flooding in the northern New Territories district, adjacent to mainland China, after the city of Shenzhen announced the release of water from a reservoir. Shenzhen itself experienced record-breaking rainfall, disrupting transportation and causing school closures.
- Have you ever experienced a natural disaster or been in a situation where you felt a sense of desperation or helplessness, similar to the people trapped in the Hong Kong flash flooding? If yes, how did you cope with it? If not, can you imagine how you might respond in such a situation, considering the challenges faced by those stranded in their vehicles during extreme weather?
- Can you relate to the disruption of daily life caused by extreme weather conditions, such as transportation delays or school closures? If yes, how did you adapt to these disruptions? If not, how do you think you would handle such challenges, taking into account the impact on the residents of Hong Kong?
- Do you think the Hong Kong authorities took appropriate and timely actions in response to the extreme rainfall?
- How might the record-breaking rainfall event in Hong Kong be indicative of broader climate change trends? What implications does this have for urban planning and disaster preparedness in densely populated cities worldwide?
- In the context of the Hong Kong incident, what do you believe are the most pressing challenges governments and communities face in adapting to increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather events? What strategies should be prioritized to mitigate the impact of such events in the future?