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welcome to newsday. reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... hurricane ida makes landfall on the louisiana coast, with wind speeds of up to 150 mph. president biden warns things will be tough. this is going to be a devastating, devastating hurricane. a life—threatening storm. more explosions in kabul as the us carries out an air strike. officials say an "imminent isis—k threat" has been stopped. meanwhile, the clock continues to tick down to the us withdrawal from afghanistan, many afghans are still desperate to leave. flights are almost over. what are you going to do now? what about us?
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we worked with them, we support them. and hospitals are at capacity in tokyo. we follow a team of doctors that tries to keep covid patients alive. live from our studio in singapore. this is bbc news. it's newsday. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in the uk and around the world. one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit america's gulf coast in 200 years has slammed into louisiana. hurricane ida brought winds of around 240 kph, and is expected to cause widespred devastation. widespread devastation.
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president biden described the storm as "life—threatening" and urged everyone to pay attention to instructions from officials. nada tawfik sent this report from new orleans. dangerous winds with new orleans as hurricane ida 0rleans as hurricane ida continues its destructive path. the streets all around the city and its famous french quarter sit empty. from this point on, residents are on their own for the duration of the storm. earlier, masses rushed to the airport to evacuate before it shut down. many others took to the road. we shut down. many others took to the road. ~ ., ., ~ , the road. we have two kids in the road. we have two kids in the car, both _ the road. we have two kids in the car, both 12 _ the road. we have two kids in the car, both 12 months. - the road. we have two kids in the car, both 12 months. we. the car, both 12 months. we really wanted to evacuate for them. , , u, , really wanted to evacuate for them. ,, ,. ., ., them. light, best case scenario is ower them. light, best case scenario is power outages, _ them. light, best case scenario is power outages, minor - is power outages, minor flooding. worst case, i don't even — flooding. worst case, i don't even want to think about. eight feet of water _ even want to think about. eight feet of water inside. .. - even want to think about. eight feet of water inside... for - feet of water inside... for kenneth. _ feet of water inside... for kenneth, this _ feet of water inside... kenneth, this brings feet of water inside...m kenneth, this brings back painful memories. he evacuated during hurricane katrina and came back to find his home under water. this time, he says
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ida's fast approach left him with no time to leave. you still think _ with no time to leave. you still think about _ with no time to leave. you still think about hyo - with no time to leave. you still think about hyo strong the infrastructure - still think about hyo strong the infrastructure is, - still think about hyo strong the infrastructure is, there| the infrastructure is, there still— the infrastructure is, there still might— the infrastructure is, there still might be _ the infrastructure is, there still might be that - the infrastructure is, there still might be that little . still might be that little chance _ still might be that little chance the _ still might be that little chance the levy - still might be that little chance the levy could . still might be that little - chance the levy could breach. from — chance the levy could breach. from space, _ chance the levy could breach. from space, images - chance the levy could breach. from space, images capturel chance the levy could breach. i from space, images capture the magnitude — it came ashore with 250 mph winds and life—threatening storm surges. in washington, president biden received... he said his administration with the country's full might behind recovery. country's full might behind recovery-— recovery. everyone should listen to — recovery. everyone should listen to the _ recovery. everyone should listen to the instructions l recovery. everyone should | listen to the instructions of local and state officials as to just how dangerous this is. and take it seriously — it's not just the coast and new orleans, it's the north, as well, the rain falls expected to be exceedingly high.- rain falls expected to be exceedingly high. the region's storm defences, _ exceedingly high. the region's storm defences, which - exceedingly high. the region's storm defences, which failed l storm defences, which failed during hurricane katrina on 2005 in this date,... even with
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protections in place, hurricane ida is expected to have a catastrophic impact. nada tawfik reporting who, a short while ago, sent us this update. well the winds are growing more ferocious here in new orleans. if you take a walk around the street, you can see the debris from the storm already, and hundreds of thousands of lost power. now officials knew this was going to be a strong storm as it intensified, and they've warned residents that at this point, they are on their own for most likely up to 72 hours. emergency services will have a hard time overnight going out to assist people. but officials say that they are prepared despite how difficult this is. we do see signs that they are already readying for the recovery efforts, trying to get shelters open. but in the coastal areas, those are the places that have been the most vulnerable — there we are seeing title surges that will cause severe damage to those
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areas. —— title claimant i'm joined now by alessandra jerolleman, a disaster a disaster resilience expert and assistant professor at jackson state university. she's lives in new orleans and has evacuated to arkansaw. in the first instance, i want to say i'm glad you're out of the immediate— to say i'm glad you're out of the immediate harm's way, that ou've the immediate harm's way, that you've left _ the immediate harm's way, that you've left for — the immediate harm's way, that you've left for arkansas. - the immediate harm's way, that you've left for arkansas. but - you've left for arkansas. but can you talk us through the impacts of this hurricane, what people are going through in the worst affected areas goes yellow absolutely. in many areas, the worst is still to come. �* . , ., ., come. but we are starting to hear from — come. but we are starting to hear from the _ come. but we are starting to hear from the lower - come. but we are starting to hear from the lower lying - come. but we are starting to i hear from the lower lying areas along the coast reports of catastrophic flooding, rubes being lost, power going out, i think we're going to see some very significant impacts in the coastal parishes or counties in louisiana, and we've recently
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heard support to make a report of a hospital needing evacuating in the southwest of the greater new orleans area of which has yet to feel the brunt of the storm. the greater new orleans of the storm. the greater new 0rlea ns area, of the storm. the greater new orleans area, including 0rleans 0rleans area, including orleans parish and jefferson parish slightly to the west, have been experiencing 75 mph wind gusts, hearing reports of trees downed in the localised flooding. they are expecting up to 2a inches of rain and the worst of the winds still to come. we are seeinu winds still to come. we are seeing some _ winds still to come. we are seeing some of— winds still to come. we are seeing some of the - winds still to come. we are | seeing some of the pictures winds still to come. we are i seeing some of the pictures of the devastation and the high tides in that area. president biden has warned it will get tough — what kind of support or people getting? tough - what kind of support or peeple getting?— people getting? during the immediate _ people getting? during the immediate event, - people getting? during the immediate event, it's - people getting? during the immediate event, it's very| immediate event, it's very difficult to provide support to people. it's not really say for first responders to be out and trying to help families. folks were given guidance regarding
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evacuation and sheltering in place if they needed to, but we know that for many people, evacuation may not have been an option or they may not have had the means to take the necessary steps to ensure their safety. 0nce steps to ensure their safety. once the winds died down, we can expect to see emergency response personnel being able to begin to try and assist families, and i believe there'll be some assistance for folks who need to evacuate the area the hurricane.— folks who need to evacuate the area the hurricane. new orleans has suffered _ area the hurricane. new orleans has suffered before, _ area the hurricane. new orleans has suffered before, hasn't - area the hurricane. new orleans has suffered before, hasn't it, . has suffered before, hasn't it, with hurricane katrina, and there is a fear now that hurricane ida will test the flood defences, the infrastructure that was put in place after that. how concerned are you about that? it’s place after that. how concerned are you about that?— are you about that? it's very difficult not _ are you about that? it's very difficult not to _ are you about that? it's very difficult not to think - are you about that? it's very difficult not to think about . difficult not to think about hurricane katrina at this time. i will say that there have been a lot of improvements to the levee system, particularly the addition of some dates, and the
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levees are... ifeel addition of some dates, and the levees are... i feel much levees are... ifeel much more confident about the levees. that doesn't mean we can be complacent in this substantial rain event. new orleans has to be pumped out, and if we are seeing up to 2a inches of rain and power outages at any major pumps, i believe we will seek flooding as a result of that. so i'm concerned for that flooding, but not as concerned for catastrophic weather. thank ou ve for catastrophic weather. thank you very much _ for catastrophic weather. thank you very much for _ for catastrophic weather. thank you very much forjoining - for catastrophic weather. thank you very much forjoining us - for catastrophic weather. thank you very much forjoining us on| you very much forjoining us on newsday. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines... in southern yemen, at least 30 soldiers have been killed in an attack on an airbase. a fighter who witnessed what happened at the al—anad base said it was targeted by a drone. the army has blamed houthi rebels. france's president macron has urged iraq's different religious communities to work together to rebuild the country. he made the appeal from a church in mosul that was badly damaged in the battle to re—capture it from the islamic state group.
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if you want to get in touch with me, i'm on twitter at @bbckarishma. us military officials say one of their drone strikes in the afghan capital kabul, prevented another deadly suicide attack at the airport. thursday's bomb killed at least 170 people, including 13 us troops. the us will continue evacuation operations until tuesday. 0ur chief international correspondent lyse doucet reports. a house on fire in a fast—burning crisis, said to be a rocket attack streets away from kabul airport. it may have been the target. the us says it unleashed a drone strike, too — hitting a vehicle of suicide bombers heading to the airport. and next to the
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airfield, gunfire. this a likely salvo from taliban guards struggling to control the crowds. today, military flights are still taking off, but britain's airlift has ended. not long now before america packs up, too. in a fleeting twilight, afghans hold fast to documents, to hope. my life is in danger injalalabad. but the flights are almost over. what are you going to do now? what about us? we work with them. we support them. i'm a cia agent. i have documents. this man tells us he worked for us intelligence. some people, like this man, received an e—mail saying going to the gate. other people say they don't have access to e—mails. they hear the news that
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the military flights are all but over. but even in these last few hours, they still keep trying — 0n the basis of what they have heard. the new face of security in this city. many taliban fighters wearing the same uniform and driving the same vehicles as the afghan government forces they ousted. a new order takes shape. and on a plane out, a new life starts. this 26—year—old gave birth to a girl as she flew to britain. a baby named eve, who may now have a better future. the withdrawal from afghanistan marks the end of 20 years of foreign troops in the country. nearly 2,500 us soldiers and more than a50 uk
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military personnel died during the campaign, while tens of thousands of afghan civilians lost their lives. our world affairs correspondent caroline hawley looks back at the conflict, and considers what may lie ahead. it was in the wake of the al-qaeda attacks on new york in 2001 that the then—president george bush declared a war on terror. america has no truer friend than great britain. britainjoined the fight to topple the taliban, invading afghanistan, where the militants had training camps. military action against targets inside afghanistan has begun. the presence of international troops enabled girls to go to school. but there was blood, sweat, dirt and danger. the war cost trillions and took an enormous toll. the wiltshire town of royal wootton bassett paid britain's respects so many times. john white lost three limbs in afghanistan — one of hundreds of soldiers who came back with
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life—changing injuries. i don't feel like it was a waste of my time, i don't have any resentment towards it or anything like that. we saw stuff out there which quite frankly disgusted, sickening, at times, that's what we were hoping that we could get rid of. it's just incredibly sad knowing that people are going to have to suffer in that way. now, the taliban are in control and the uk needs to deal with them. it wants their co—operation, notjust on safe passage but on preventing afghanistan being used once again as a base for islamist militants that aim to harm the west. but what influence can britain have now that it is gone? we shouldn't kid ourselves that we've got the same levers. we don't, our influence is much diminished. the influence of china has increased, the influence of pakistan has increased, the influence of iran has increased, and ours has consequently diminished. the manner of the exit
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from afghanistan will haunt america and its allies. today, joe biden mourned the 13 soldiers who died in the suicide attack at kabul airport. the latest and, america hopes, the last casualties of the country's longest war. but the consequences of the west's defeat in afghanistan will continue to reverberate for a long time around the world. caroline hawley, bbc news. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: the scramble to find hospital beds in tokyo for patients critically ill with covid. she received the nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and the dying in india's slums. the head of the catholic church had said mother teresa was a wonderful example of how to help people in need. we have to identify the bodies,
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then arrange the coffins and take them back home. parents are waiting, and wives are waiting. hostages appeared — some carried, some running — trying to escape the nightmare behind them. britain lost a princess today. described by all to - whom she reached out as irreplaceable", described by all to whom she reached i out as "irreplaceable", - an early—morning car crash in a paris underpass ended i a life with more than its share of pain and courage, - warmth and compassion. this is newday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. 0ur headlines...
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hurricane ida has made landfall in the us state of louisiana, bringing winds of up to 240 kph. the us military says it's carried out an air strike to thwart a further militant attack on the airport in the afghan capital, kabul. as week two of the paralympics gets under way in tokyo, the covid—i9 situation in the city is continuing to get worse. in the city is continuing there are now more than 10,000 seriously ill people waiting for hospital beds. at least 21 coronavirus patients are reported to have died at home since the beginning of august. hospitals say they can't deal with the growing numbers of serious cases, let alone an outbreak in the paralympic village. 0ur tokyo correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes has been travelling with a medical team in southern tokyo as they fight to keep patients alive and try to find them hospital beds. in the back of the car,
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dr kazuma tashiro is trying to find a hospital bed for one of his covid patients. in this densely—packed part of southern tokyo, there are now dozens of covid patients who need to be in hospital but can't get a bed. dr tashiro and his team are a literal lifeline. in this block, a 61—year—old man is very sick and on oxygen. so, last night, i called him to check if he was alive and he could talk with me at the time. but this morning, i couldn't talk with him by phone, so i'm very anxious for his healthy conditions. as soon as he enters, its apparent the man is alive. it turns out he hasn't been able to pay his phone bill, so it's been cut off. he's also removed his oxygen mask, and as he checks, he finds his blood oxygen level is very low.
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his blood oxygen level is only 92%. it is not good for you. so i put the mask to his mouth. and, "please keep it to keep you alive." so what'll happen now with his bill? oh, this is for the telephone bill! he's living alone, so he couldn't pay the telephone bill because of his very bad condition. so i've received it, and now i'm going to the convenience store to pay for it. it's the arrival of the delta variant here injapan that's led to this explosion of covid cases. if you look back to mid—july, there were around 1,500 new cases a day. by august, that had jumped to 6,000. now we're seeing the same with the seriously ill. at the end ofjuly, dr tashiro and his team were treating just one seriously ill person.
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last week, that had jumped to 50. back at base, staff are constantly working the phones, trying to find beds. so what if there's a covid outbreak at the paralympics? i think there's no room to treat the paralympics members, because manyjapanese people cannot get into hospitals. it's time to move again — a new address and a new set of ppe. like the first man, this patient has not been vaccinated. this is the pattern now. the man is in bad condition — his lips are turning blue and he's having difficulty breathing. dr tashiro thinks he may have pneumonia — he really needs to be in hospital. it is very difficult for us to make a definitive diagnosis. so he needs to go to hospital now? yes, yes, definitely. and what did they say? are there any beds — do you know yet?
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no, no beds. dr tashiro and his team are keeping these people alive. but across tokyo, there are now more than 10,000 covid patients waiting for a hospital bed. each extra day they're forced to wait, the more likely it is they will die. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. really worrying situation there in japan. as thousands flee for safety from afghanistan for a new life in the uk, another group abandoning their homeland of hong kong say safety and security are being provided in name only once they arrive in britain. after a crackdown on dissent and protests in hong kong by the chinese authorities, the uk government offered a route out at the end of january this year under british national visa applications. but many former hong kong residents are finding that once they arrive in the uk housing, education and support is severely lacking.
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an advocacy group says not enough is being done to support those fleeing persecution. a little earlier, julian chan from the group hong kongers in britain told me more about what hong kongers face when they come to the uk. in the next year, until the end of january 2022, it is expected that 123-153,000 bno status holders can come to the uk. and the latest figures from the government show that around 65,000 of hong kong bno visas have been issued, with about 47,300 having arrived in the uk. but what we would like to point out is that, as you were mentioning with the current situation in afghanistan, is the number of asylum—seekers who are trying to arrive in the uk. because amongst the 120 cases of hong kongers who have applied for asylum in the uk, only two high—profile asylum visas have been approved,
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with two having been offered humanitarian protection. eight have been refused and 30 have been withdrawn. so we know the situation for hong kong citizens coming to the uk, especially if they are applying for refugee asylum protection, is very difficult. what do you think then, julian, needs to be done to improve the situation that you have outlined? well, because there are about, let's say, around 3—500 young hong kongers who have been deterred or hesitant to apply for the uk asylum system — because it can be slow and cumbersome, as it takes up to five years for a decision to be made — we hope that the uk government can offer more discretion and understanding in terms of approving asylum seeking amongst hong kongers, because many of them need dire support because, first of all, we regard it as unfair the only
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high—profile hong kongers are successful in receiving their refugee protection in the uk. but we should remember that the pro—democracy movement in hong kong in 2019 was leaderless, which means masses of young protesters have been fully masked and their identities hidden in fear of reprisals. but many of them sacrificed their freedom and future to uphold our core values and beliefs of freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law. julian, with all due respect, given the situation you're describing for hong kongers who want to leave — the immediate threat, would you not acknowledge, for people in afghanistan who are trying to get to the uk seems far more dire? you're right. i mean, afghans have been offered a peaceful route which will seat 20,000 refugees settling in the uk over five years. unfortunately, there's no such quota for hong kongers seeking asylum, nor is there the infrastructure
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support for hong kong asylum—seekers in the uk. so, what we would like to see is the uk government, whether there's the possibility for any discretion beyond the current route for asylum for hong kongers, which would be humane and robust. in reaction to our story, we have this statement from the british government. they say... the influential reggae producer and performer lee "scratch" perry, has died injamaica at the age of 85. known for his work with musicians as varied as bob marley, the clash, and the beastie boys, he was a pioneer of remixing and dub music, reportedly
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producing more than a thousand recordings over 60 years. jamaica's prime minister paid tribute, saying he was truly one of the most important creative figures to come out of jamaica. certainly many tunes that i have enjoyed listening to over the years, he will be missed. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. 0ne one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the us state of louisiana is moving inland, flooding coastal areas and cutting off power to more than half a million people. meteorologists say hurricane ida is bringing sustained winds of up to 215 kph and has even reversed the flow of the mississippi river in the area. that's all for now,
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stay with bbc world news. hello there. sunday was a day of contrast — cool in the cloud, warm in the sunshine — and in actualfact, across southwest england, we saw temperatures into the mid—20s. a beautiful sunday afternoon for many. the next few days look likely to stay quite quiet across the whole of the country. quite a lot of dry weather around as well, but it will be mostly cloudy, and i suspect the temperatures easing awayjust a touch, around average if we're very lucky. high pressure still dominates the story. it's a blocking high that's preventing weather fronts from moving in off the atlantic. but a little bit more of a breeze always down towards the south, and that's going to continue to push this cloud in off the north sea, which could be thick enough on monday morning for a spot or two of drizzle. favoured western areas, perhaps
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as we go through the afternoon, seeing some sunny spells, but i suspect not as much as recent days. so, the temperatures not as high. cool in the cloud and drizzle, 15—17 celsius, maximum values of 21, possibly 22. now, that cloud will continue to push back in off the north sea through the night. that's going to act like a blanket. it's not going to be a cold night, with overnight lows perhaps staying into mid—teens for some. it will be a quiet start to tuesday, but once again, a rather grey and gloomy one. the high pressure keeping things very quiet, but again, that breeze just coming in off the north sea, and a few more isobars, so the breeze picking up, and the cloud will continue to sit across the country for much of the day. favoured spots for any brighter, sunnier spells perhaps into northern ireland and western fringes of scotland once again, but those temperatures are going to be a little bit more subdued. again, we're looking at maybe around 15—19 celsius at the very best. wednesday is the beginning of september. the high pressure is still with us, little in the way
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of significant change to the weather story. so, i suppose the good news is you will be able to plan ahead. there's going to be a lot of dry weather to look out for. and maybe on wednesday, more sunshine coming through scotland, northern england and northern ireland. top temperatures in the sunnier moments maybe of 21—22 celsius. it looks likely that that dry theme is set to continue as well thursday into friday. no significant rain in the forecast of the next few days to come. enjoy.
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this is bbc news. we will have the headlines and all the main news stories for you at the top of the hour as newsday continue straight after hardtalk. welcome to hardtalk with me, stephen sackur. today, i'm in the rural east of england in the studio of one of the country's leading painters and sculptors, maggi hambling. her work has defied convention. she has won international acclaim and stirred plenty of controversy, too. so how has her creativity evolved over six decades? maggi hambling, welcome to hardtalk. hello. let me ask you about this location.
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