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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 240 kilometres per hour. president biden warns things will be tough this is going to be a devastating, a devastating hurricane. a life—threatening storm. more explosions in kabul as the us carries out an airstrike, 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.
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flights are almost over. what are you going to do now? what about us? _ are you going to do now? what about us? we _ are you going to do now? what about us? we worked - are you going to do now? what about us? we worked with - are you going to do now? what about us? we worked with them, we surmort— about us? 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. 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 kilometres an hour and is expected to cause widespred devastation. president biden described the storm as life—threatening and urged everyone to pay attention to instructions from officials. nada tawfik sent this
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report from new orleans. dangerous wins with new orleans as hurricane ida continues its destructive path. the streets 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 have two kids in the car, they are both 12 months, we really wanted to evacuate for them. best case scenario is, like, power outages and some minor flooding. worse case, i don't even want to think about. 8ft of water inside. kenneth had to evacuate doing a previous harry kane.
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—— kenneth had to evacuate doing hurricane katrina. he says this time he has had no time to leave. you think no matter how strong the infrastructure is, there still might be that little chance. from space, images capture the magnitude of ida, which came ashore with winds of 150mph and is causing a life—threatening storm surge. in washington, president biden received a briefing on ida at the federal agency. he said his administration will put the full might of the country behind the recovery. everyone should listen to the instructions from local and state officials, just how dangerous this is. and take it seriously, not just the coast, notjust new orleans, it is north as well, the rainfall is expected to be exceedingly high. the region's new storm defences, which failed during hurricane katrina in 2005 on this exact date, will be tested like never before. but even with protections in place, ida is expected
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to have a catastrophic impact. nada tawfik reportin, who, a short while ago sent us this update. well, conditions are deteriorating rapidly now that hurricane ida has made landfall, the wind gusts are clocking in at about 60 mph here and new orleans where the storm is, but this isjust a tiny preview of what is expected and this is on the day 16 years to the day that hurricane katrina devastated new orleans, filled with so much trauma for the residents here. the storm could one of the strongest to hit the united states. in the media has already warned residents that emergency services won't be able to reach them to stay inside, and obligating all the efforts of recovery of course is a search and covid cases here. it is a dangerous mix here. it is a dangerous mix here in louisiana.
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talk to a disaster resilience professor who has moved to arkansas to escape the hurricane. in arkansas to escape the hurricane.— arkansas to escape the hurricane. . , ., ., , hurricane. in many areas the worst is still _ hurricane. in many areas the worst is still to _ hurricane. in many areas the worst is still to come - hurricane. in many areas the worst is still to come but - hurricane. in many areas the l worst is still to come but what we are starting here from the lower lying areas along the coast is reports of catastrophic flooding, groups being lost, power going out, i think we are going to see some very sick applicant impact in the coastal counties in louisiana, some levies overcome, for example a recently heard some reports of a hospital needing to be evacuated. these are the areas south and south—west of the greater new orleans area which has yet to feel the brunt of the storm. the greater new orleans area including 0rleans 0rleans area including orleans parish and jefferson parish have been experiencing 75 mph wind gust, hearing reports of
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trees down, some localised flooding, they are expecting up to 24 inches of rain and the worst of the winds are still to come. ~ . ., . , come. we are watching, seeing some of the — come. we are watching, seeing some of the pictures _ come. we are watching, seeing some of the pictures of - come. we are watching, seeing some of the pictures of the - some of the pictures of the devastation and the high tides in that area. president biden has warned it is going to get tough, what kind of support are people getting? tough, what kind of support are peeple getting?— people getting? during the immediate _ people getting? during the immediate event, - people getting? during the immediate event, it - people getting? during the immediate event, it is - people getting? during the immediate event, it is very difficult to provide support to people, it is not really safe for first responders to be out and trying to help families and folks were given guidance regarding evacuation and sheltering in a place if they needed to, but we do know that for many people evacuation may not have been an option, they may not have the means to take the necessary steps to ensure their safe. 0nce the necessary steps to ensure their safe. once the winds died down we can expect to see emergency response personnel being able to begin to try to
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assist families and i believe there's going to be some assistance for folks that need to evacuate the area after the hurricane. to evacuate the area after the hurricane-— hurricane. new orleans has suffered before, _ hurricane. new orleans has suffered before, hasn't - hurricane. new orleans has suffered before, hasn't it, l 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 is place after that, how concerned are you about that?— are you about that? it is very difficult not _ are you about that? it is very difficult not to _ are you about that? it is very difficult not to think - are you about that? it is very difficult not to think of - difficult not to think of hurricane katrina at this time. i will say that there have been a lot of improvements to the levy system and improvements to be certain that the levies are better able to withstand overtopping. i do feel more confident but that doesn't mean we can be complacent, there is still a substantial rain event, and 0rleans still a substantial rain event, and orleans is in a bowl so it has to be pumped out and if we are seeing up to 24 inches of rain and within power outages at many major pumps they do believe we are going to see flooding as a result of that so i am quite concerned for that flooding but i'm not that
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concerned for catastrophic levy spillover. 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. in israel, the third coronavirus booster vaccine is being offered to all citizens. it comes just after booster jabs were only being offered to older age groups. but as the country has been battling a surge in infections, it was decided that the boosters should be made available to all those aged 12 and over.
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if you want to get in touch with me i'm on twitter — @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. gunfire.
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and next to the airfield, gunfire. this, a likely salvo from taliban guards struggling to control the crowds. machine gun fires. 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? so, what about us? we are work with them. we support them. i'm cia agent. you? 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
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that the military flights are all but over. but even in these last few hours, they still keep trying on the basis of what they've heard. the new face of security in this city. many taliban fighters wearing the same uniforms 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 hava, or eve, who may now have a better future. lyse doucet, bbc news, kabul. the withdrawal from afghanistan marks the end of 20 years of foreign troops in the country. nearly 2,500 us soldiers and more than 450 uk military personnel died during
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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 life—changing
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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.
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the manner of the exit 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. a reminder — you can keep up to date on our website with the situation in afghanistan as it changes in the coming days. there is analysis and the latest video on the developments as the deadline before the us withdrawal nears, all at bbc news online. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: the scramble to find hospital beds in tokyo for patients
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critically ill with covid. she received peace prize for working with the poor and dying in the slums. mother teresa, a wonderful example of how to help people in need. we identified the bodies and the coffins. parents are waiting, wives are waiting. hostages appeared. some hurried, some running, trying to escape the nightmare behind them. britain lost a princess today. described by all to whom she reached out to as irreplaceable. an early—morning
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car crash in a paris underpass ended alive with more than its share of pain, warmth, and compassion. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma. 0ur headlines: hurricane ida has made landfall in the us state of louisiana, bringing winds of up to 240kmph. 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. 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
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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, 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.
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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. 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 protected. 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
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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 mid—august, that hadjumped 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. last week, that had jumped to 50. telephone rings. 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 many japanese 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.
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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? no, no beds. dr tashiro and his team are keeping these people live. 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. i really worrying situation in japan there. as thousands flee for safety from afghanistan for a new life in the uk, another group abandoning their homeland of hong kong say safety
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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 ofjanuary this year under british national 0verseas visa applications. but many former hong kong residents are finding that once they arrive in the uk housing, education and support is severely lacking. 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.
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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, with two having been offered humanitarian protection. eight have been refused and 30 have been withdrawn. so we know the situation for hong kongers 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 —
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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 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
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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 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. julian chan. we have reaction to our story, the british government says backed by over £43 million for this financial year,.
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lee �*scratch' perry, one of the most influential figures injamaican music, has died at the age of 85. reggau music. a pioneer of reggae and dub, perry produced artists from the wailers to the beastie boys and released more than 70 albums. the jamaican prime minister was among those paying tribute. you have been watching newsday. a reminder of our top story: one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the us state of louisiana is moving inland, flooding coastal areas and cutting power to more than half
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a million people. that's all for now, stay with bbc world news. hello, there. sunday was a day of contrast — cool in the cloud, warm in the sunshine — and in actual fact, 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 away just 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
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a spot or two of drizzle. favoured western areas, perhaps 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 of significant change
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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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