Fires in South Korea – level 3

10-04-2019 07:00

South Korea declared a national emergency after massive wildfires spread across the country. Thousands of people evacuated, fires destroyed more than 100 homes, fires injured eleven people, and at least two people have died.

The BBC reported that a spark from a transformer in a city northeast of Seoul probably started the fire last Thursday. The fire then quickly spread from strong winds – it burned more than 1,300 acres of land.

The military joined the firefighters to battle the flames. They contained one fire, but half-contained a second one by Friday.

Difficult words: spark (a small piece of fire or ‘electricity’ which can start a large fire), transformer (a machine for changing one type of electricity to another), contain (bring under control).

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