OTROS IDIOMAS
English
Português
mas idiomas
Jueves, 5 de febrero de 2009 - 15:00 GMT
Fuertes nevadas en el Reino Unido
Snow in London

UK hit by heavy snow

Heavy overnight snow has caused widespread disruption across much of eastern England and the Midlands. Road and rail services have been badly affected, there has been disruption to flights and many schools have closed.

Rob Broomby reports:

 Listen to the story

It was the heaviest snowfall in 18 years. Bus services in London carrying 6 million people have been cancelled. 10 of 11 underground lines are completely or partly suspended. The capital's main airport Heathrow has closed both runways for a while and there are still significant delays and cancellations, and there are no flights at all from City airport. Others are suffering long delays and cancellations too.

Several docks to the west have become iced up. And thousands are without piped water in Wales due to the frozen pipes. Hundreds of schools have been closed across the country and children at least are enjoying conditions.

The British like to complain that other countries handle the snow better than they do, that the merest sugaring of snowflakes brings normal life to a standstill amidst transport chaos. So why does it happen? Well truly icy conditions here are rare indeed. So why make a massive investment to combat extreme weather conditions that may not be replayed for another 18 years?

At an individual level the costs of being prepared like some Alpine countries would be high too. The British, for instance, are not required to have winter tyres fitted to cars at the start of the season, nor do they routinely carry snow chains. On the other hand the Brits do like to complain, and secretly they also like being told... sorry you can't get to work.

Rob Broomby, BBC

 Listen to the words

suspended
suspendidas (en este caso dejaron de funcionar)

docks
los puertos

iced up
congelados

conditions
condiciones (climáticas)

handle
abordar, manejar

the merest sugaring of snowflades
una leve capa de nieve

a standstill
paralización

winter tyres
neumáticos "invernales" (especiales para andar en la nieve)

routinely
normalmente

snow chains
cadenas para transitar sobre la nieve



Aprenda inglés

ÍNDICE DE NOTAS

Romania´s capital Bucharest Rumania recibe ayuda

100 QUIZZES PARA PONERSE A PRUEBA
 

VIDEO: ¿CUÁNTO COMPRENDE?
 

ARCHIVO 2007

ARCHIVO 2006

ARCHIVO 2005

ARCHIVO 2004

ARCHIVO 2003




 

banner watch listen