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Matching: Natural Disasters

Match each of the words with a definition.

____ 1. drought

____ 2. mudslide

____ 3. emergency shelter

____ 4. flood

____ 5. famine

____ 6. evacuation

____ 7. blizzard

____ 8. tsunami

____ 9. aftershock

____ 10. avalanche


  1. the act of making people leave a place because of danger
  2. a place where people can sleep in an emergency
  3. a big wave that can destroy towns near the sea
  4. a disaster when there is no rain for a long time
  5. a very bad snowstorm
  6. a disaster when there is no food
  7. a disaster in which snow and ice move quickly down a mountain
  8. a lot of water
  9. a disaster in which hills become too wet and the soil moves
  10. a small earthquake after a larger one