2015年3月24日 星期二

go haywire, torrential rain, flood control

TAIPEI/TOKYO (Reuters) - A mudslide triggered by torrential rains from a typhoon may have buried up to 600 villagers in mountainous southern Taiwan, disaster officials said on Monday.

iving Planet | 26.02.2009 | 04:30

The Netherlands Facing More Challenges to Flood Control

Over 60% of the population in the Netherlands lives below the sea level and they have been fighting to protect their land and homes from the sea or flooding rivers for centuries.

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.




haywire
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adjective INFORMAL
go haywire to stop working properly, often in a way that is very sudden and noticeable:
The television's gone haywire.torrent
noun
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
plural noun
large amounts:
torrents of rain
The rain came down/fell in torrents.
We have received torrents of letters/requests/criticism.

torrential 
adjective
used to refer to very heavy rain:
torrential rain
a torrential downpour/storm

tor・rent

━━ n. 奔流; (奔流のような)ほとばしり; どしゃ降り (in ~s); (質問・悪口などの)連発.
tor・ren・tial ━━ a.
tor・ren・tial・ly ad.



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.




trickleLine breaks: trickle
Pronunciation: /ˈtrɪk(ə)l/


Definition of trickle in English:

verb

[NO OBJECT, WITH ADVERBIAL OF DIRECTION]
1(Of a liquidflow in a small stream:solitary tear trickled down her cheek
1.1[WITH OBJECT AND ADVERBIAL OF DIRECTION] Cause (a liquid) to flow in a small stream:Philip trickled a line of sauce on his fish fingers
1.2Come or go slowly or gradually:the first members of the congregation began to trickle in

noun

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1.1small group or number of people or things moving slowly:the traffic had dwindled to a trickle

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): imitative.

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