BBC News Review: Water pollution at the Rio Olympics

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BBC News Review: Water pollution at the Rio Olympics 5

The Rio Olympics are starting in a few days, but there are concerns over water and air pollution in Rio. Join Sian and Catherine in News Review as they bring you this story and the language you need to understand it.

The story

With just four days until the start of the Olympic Games in Brazil, reports indicate that levels of pollution in Rio de Janeiro remain alarmingly high.

Guanabara Bay, where sailing events will be held, is heavily polluted by raw sewage and chemicals. Research also suggests the authorities have failed in their promise to clean up Rio's air quality.

Wyre Davies - BBC news

Cleaning up Rio's chronically polluted waters was a promise that the city made when it was chosen to host the Olympic Games, but it simply hasn't been kept.

We're out now on Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events will take place. The smell from the oil on the surface is overpowering and these are waters full of physical waste. Furniture, even dead animals, have been found in the water here.

But most of all it's the sewage from the favelas, and even the middle-class parts of town, that floods down into the bay, making this one of the world's most polluted waterways.

Key words and phrases


very dirty

waste water from toilets

teeming with
containing a large number of (usually) living things

not surprised or worried

poor and crowded area of a city in Brazil

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The stadium teeming with supporters! All is ready for start the Olympic Games.

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Swimming & Boating Events in Rio Olympics' Ganabara Bay could give athletes “Terminal DiaRio”.

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filthy it mean very dirty
unfaze it mean not be surprised
meeting with : I don't understand what it mean

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