中英對照讀新聞》German central bank inundated with money damaged in floods 洪災受損鈔票淹沒德國央行
Germany’s central bank says it has been inundated with more than 50 million euros’ worth of damaged bank notes after deadly floods that hit part of the country in July.
The Bundesbank said Wednesday that individuals and banks have handed in notes that were soaked in the floods and often also contaminated with oil, sewage or mud. The damaged money is dried, processed and then destroyed at a center in Mainz that analyzes forged and damaged money, and its owners are refunded without charge.
The bank said that the center usually receives damaged bills to the tune of 40 million euros per year. This year, it received 51 million euros’ worth of notes from the flood-hit areas in western Germany between mid-July and the end of August. Germans still tend to use cash more than people in many other European countries. （AP）
inundate：動詞，使應接不暇、洪水淹沒。例句：They have been inundated with requests for help.（協助請求讓他們應接不暇。）
flood：名詞，指水災、大量；動詞，指淹沒、氾濫、湧進、溢出、充斥。例句：We received a flood of grateful letters.（我們收到大量感謝信。）
to the tune of：片語，指達到數量、價格達。例句：They’re in debt to the tune of $50,000.（他們負債達5萬美元之譜。）