Thousands of people are being told to leave their homes in Sydney, Australia, after parts of the city had had eight months’ rain in just four days.

Experts say they are caused by the La Nina weather pattern – made worse by climate change.

Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:22 – Story
1:03 – Headline 1: The BBC: Australia floods: 50,000 on evacuation alert after deluge hits Sydney
2:28 – Headline 2: CNN: Sydney is flooded, again, as climate crisis becomes new normal for Australia’s most populous state
3:42 – Headline 3: Evening Standard: Sydney floods ‘far from over’ as 50,000 face evacuation
5:13 – Language summary

Key words and phrases

heavy and sudden fall of rain; large number of tasks at the same time

  • The storms brought a deluge.
  • After my holiday, I have a deluge of emails.

new normal
new way of doing things that is different from the old way

  • Working from home became the new normal because of Covid.
  • Extreme weather is the new normal.

far from
not at all

  • Home schooling during Covid was far from ideal.
  • The film was far from perfect but still entertaining.

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