iving Planet | 26.02.2009 | 04:30
The Netherlands Facing More Challenges to Flood Control
There have been notorious flood disasters in the Netherlands; in 1995 torrential rain nearly caused two rivers in the Dutch province of Brabant, Holland to flood and around 100,000 people were evacuated. Now the Netherlands faces a new challenge to its flood control defences. Living Planet takes a look at how the country plans to protect villages and towns from the expected sea level rise due to global warming.
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haywire Show phonetics
go haywire to stop working properly, often in a way that is very sudden and noticeable:
The television's gone haywire.torrent
1 [S] a sudden large or too large amount, especially one which seems to be uncontrollable:
He let out a torrent of abuse/angry words.
They are worried that the flow/trickle/stream of tourists could swell into an unmanageable torrent if there are no controls.
2 [C] a large amount of fast-moving water:
Heavy rainfall turned the river into a rushing/raging torrent.
torrents of rain
The rain came down/fell in torrents.
We have received torrents of letters/requests/criticism.
used to refer to very heavy rain:
a torrential downpour/storm
The lingering summer heat in September marked a record high, but heat was not the only problem this year. After a long, dry spell, the rain set in, and then it poured.
Such extremes of drought and then torrential rain are beginning to set in at an alarming pace. Such climate change is causing nature to go haywire. The specter of global warming lurks.