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tv   Our World  BBC News  November 14, 2021 9:30pm-10:01pm GMT

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hello, this is bbc news with me, philippa thomas. the headlines: three men in their 20s have been arrested under the terrorism act after a car explosion outside the liverpool women's hospital. the passenger died at the scene. the driver is in hospital. the uk's prime minister says the glasgow climate deal is a game—changer that sounds the death knell for coal power. but borisjohnson admitted it falls short of the 1.5 degree target. queuing to get the jab in austria — 2 million unvaccinated people are to be barred from leaving their homes, exccept
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from leaving their homes, except for essential reasons. it's to deal with a spike in covid cases. queen elizabeth has been unable to attend the uk's remembrance service at the cenotaph in london. buckingham palace says she is suffering from a sprained back, and greatly regretted not being able to go. now on bbc news, it's time for our world — and the story of what happened when hurricane ida hit new york city. news archive: a word of more warnings that have just been issued. flash flood emergency for all five boroughs of new york city. water was coming in from my drain in the back, from my drain outside, in the side of the house, water was gushing through that thing and made the water rise all the way up to about nine feet. it is manhattan, the bronx, westchester, until 9:30,
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i am picking everything up, unplugging everything because we did not want to be electrocuted. we activated our flash flood i plan and we had our agencies begin to prepare - for a flooding event. obviously, we were not - preparing for what we ended up getting. 2021 and here i am having exposure to sewage water in my own home. i screamed out to him and i said, "justin, iam "drowning, i'm going to drown!" sirens wail. very good morning, it is wednesday, september 1st. my name is yvette meier and i live in woodside, queens, in new york. my parents live down the block and i have grown up here. i promised to stay here to take care of them. everyone knows each other and we all kind of help each other.
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my name is holly, i am 25, i am a refugee from somalia. and i am a full—time candidate running for state senator here in harlem, district 30. harlem is a majority black and brown community. i leave on a very historic street, 137th, between 7th and 8th. my name is nanette and i live in woodside, queens. we have multiracial community and it is very friendly. our community, it is a normal day, whether it is raining or dry outside. we're still looking at a pretty potent storm system with a lot of rain and it is all starting to move into the tri—state area.
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my name is hakim. i am the owner of a cafe in brooklyn, new york. during covid we saw a revenue loss of about 75%, and so it was always really difficult to operate and let go of a bunch of our staff. now that things were finally back kind of to normal, with vaccinations, we felt that we were ready to kind of start bringing back our old business model. the wind is kicking in and also we are going to end up getting bigger rain in our area because, as it moves on a diagonal, it starts tapping into the ocean influence. the possibility that those storms do turn severe is something we've got to consider. we had the flash flood warnings. in new york they are pretty consistent, we get them all the time, but it has never been anything to worry about. a lot of us are not taking this one real seriously because maybe itjust does not have, like, the big name — the tropical storm, the hurricane — i'm telling you, this one, i'm really worried about this
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one, all right, so sit tight. the new york city emergency management's role is to - co—ordinate all emergency- responses within new york city but our larger role - is about preparedness, of trying to prepare - citizens and businesses for emergencies. back to our forecast, we are bracing for downpours tonight. the rain is going to get here, 0k. in fact, rain arrives during the overnight hours. we activated our flash flood - plan and had our agencies begin to prepare - for a flooding event. obviously, we were not. preparing for, you know, what we ended up getting. word of more warnings that have just been issued. the emergency alert services telling us, according to the national weather service, it is manhattan, the bronx, westchester, until 9:30, they're telling you, take shelter, right now. this has got twist in the atmosphere.
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i noticed that water was also coming into the basement, but i tried to use a sump pump to pump the water out. i was upstairs, making dinner and i heard a gush of water. i'm picking everything up, unplugging everything because we did not want to be electrocuted and i was trying to salvage what i could. we started to hear gurgling in the pipes and that is when the backflow started from the sewage. water wasjust gushing through the door and ijust didn't know what to do. i am at 4810th 65th street. this is my house and it is getting flooded. | water was coming in from my drain in the back, from my drain outside, in the side of the house, even the sewer that was in the back alley, water was gushing through that thing, and made the water rise all the way up to about nine feet. for the first time in recorded history, the national weather service issuing a flash flood emergency for all five boroughs
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of new york city. historic flooding as ida travelled across the north—east. the western hemisphere�*s busiest subway system shutdown. busiest subway system shut down. trains pulling in to find platforms submerged. people wading through waist—high water. we were expecting 3—6 inches of rain over multiple hours. i all right, they are just telling me now, this is coming in with rainfall that's coming down — are you ready for this one? three inches per hour. the water in the atlantic ocean and the gulf of mexico is warmer than it used to be, it's a lot warmer, 3 or 4 degrees fahrenheit warmer, and what this does is it brings more moisture to the storms.
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each degree celsius of warmer water adds 7% more precipitation. eventually that moisture is going to be unleashed in the form of rain, increasingly in these huge events where you have three, four, five, six inches of rain in an hour. there's two areas where there are drainage in the front and back of the house. when we open them up, so that water can drain out, those were starting to come up and they were coming up through the toilet, it was coming up through everywhere and it happened within a half an hour. a lot of the messaging that comes out of the national. weather service, which is the cellphone alerts, - the wireless emergency alerts, is controlled by fema - and the national | weather service. so we also grabbed those, i we'd notify nyc, and we can distribute those in i multiple languages. i have heard that there was some confusion. l even my own family, - we were flooding while this was happening.
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we got a tornado and a flood warning at the same time. i if you are in manhattan, if you're in the bronx, if you're in southern westchester county, look, until 9:30 — this is not a long time — but you have go to go to the basement, if you have one, you go to an interior room, if you need to, something without windows. the sewer system in new york city is built to accept - a certain amount of water. once you exceed that, - it does have to go somewhere and unfortunately it did go into people's basements, i and to lower levels of their- home, into the subway system. my son, justin, he's blind and he had no idea how high the water had risen. i screamed out to him and i said, "justin, iam "drowning, i am going to drown!"
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i was going under. basically the water was already rising and i needed to get to the window as soon as possible because i knew that i would not have a way to breathe. you know, ithought that the water would make me lighter, and it did not, it made me heavier. every time i tried to climb out the window, i absolutely could not get out. the window is about seven feet high up, or 6.5 maybe, and i am 5'5". and every time i touched the ground, i was underwater, and then i would have to push myself back up, over the water, and as much as i tried, i could not escape. basically, i was fighting for my life. my son is my hero. i heard something, i wasn't
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necessarily sure what exactly. and i basically went downstairs and i was taken aback by the amount of water. he's blind from cancer of the eyes and i had to train my son exactly how to manage walking around. i tried calling the cops, but that was pointless because everyone was calling the cops. he had to come down about five or six steps, then he had to walk through everything that was floating around — the garbage cans, the snow blower. i mean, the water was pretty high. it was like there were rapids coming out of the building. it was like there was a river coming out of the house. so this is the window that my son pulled me out of. this is where i escaped from the flood.
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the water was about almost to the top of the window so all of this was covered in water. when he was pulling me out, i could not breathe. i was holding my breath because i was still under the water. i suppose, if i was not here, who knows what would have happened. it is highly likely she would have been dead. the water came up to about this step, and the water travelled to about... right here, right below the switches. we were left with, like, a black sediment on the walls and on the floor. there was about $30,000 worth of damage between things we lost and reconstruction, yeah.
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i think it was saturday morning, we woke up with the intention of trying to salvage all of the photos from our photo albums. my husband thought of stringing them across our kitchen. i was the one in charge of taking them out of the photo albums and he was stringing them up and clipping them, just to save them all. my children's, our family albums... there were so many, and all the water from those photographs was dripping onto our table. we didn't think too much of it. and then the symptoms started at about 11:30. by sunday night, i was in pretty bad shape. i felt really weak. and that evening, i started having diarrhoea every 15 minutes. i told my husband, "i think i'm not in a good place. "i think i should go to the hospital." the nurse practitioner called and said i had norovirus
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and e.coli toxicity and that i was basically poisoned from the sewage water. 2021 and here i am having exposure to sewage water in my own home, which i thought was safe. my next—door neighbour said her son had experienced similar symptoms and was sick for about three days. my husband talked to another neighbour who lives two houses away, and she is 77, and she was having similar symptoms. a neighbour across the way said he felt the same way. by saturday, no—one had come for sanitation. just give me a moment... that was the most difficult... is losing a lot of photos that i had to end up throwing out. and i had saved some of the children's toys, some of their books. and, i guess, those were the most difficult things
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that we had to get rid of. 13 people — that numberjust updated — have died in new york city. multiple deaths reported - as the remnants of ida merged with a front to produce chaos. emergency officials have found more people who have died from the storm. a short time ago, we're told that three people were found dead in the flooded basement apartment. of those 13 deaths here in the city, at least 11 of them died — 11 of those people died in flooded basement apartments, most of them here in queens. the youngest victim was just two years old. these apartments wound up being death traps because they weren't regulated, because they didn't provide sufficient means of egress, sufficient means for people to escape in an emergency.
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affordable housing is the big issue in new york city. it's a desperately needed part of the city environment here. for undocumented or immigrant population, there is a problem with earning enough income because they often find jobs that aren't at an hourly rate that would provide for... ..enough money for housing. consequently, they have to double—up or triple—up in housing accommodations. when climate disasters hit, they make an already strained society that much harder. poor people, people of colour in new york city, generally don't have the kind of wealth and social power to easily bounce back from a climate disaster. ida was a different type of storm. it didn't push up
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sea levels as much. rather, it dumped down an incredible amount of rain very rapidly, and that also flooded the subways, it flooded people's basements. i feel an incredible responsibility to get our decision—makers, corporations and government to slash pollution because i know that the place i grew up in will not survive. my office is responsible for preparing the city for the impacts of climate change. the inequities of these climate impacts came to light in such a significant way from this particular storm because it was, in most cases, low—income immigrants who were trapped in their basement apartments during the storm and were
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the ones who lost their lives. it also underscored, for me, how our affordable housing crisis is coming into direct tension with our work on climate resiliency. one of the challenges that we face is that most of the federal dollars that can be invested into resiliency measures are triggered after an extreme event. the tax dollars just don't go there. they don't go where they need to go, to make sure that low—income and middle—class homeowners like ourselves are safe. the infrastructure of new york city needs to be modernised and i think ida underscored that — in particular, our sewer system was built for the conditions that we experienced 100 years ago. there is no amount of sewer system upgrades or sea walls or resiliency improvements that will protect the city
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from the amount of climate change that would happen if pollution is not checked and reduced rapidly and radically. i went out to one of the blocks that was most affected by ida right after the storm, and it was extremely sad. it was tragic. a family had drowned in a basement apartment on a street that had flooded over and over and over again, without the city doing anything to improve the infrastructure over the last two decades. i certainly hope that in the future, we will be able to prevent deaths in basement units through better notification and ensuring that basement units are safe and resilient to the impacts of extreme precipitation. i think those deaths would have been preventable had we had better forecasting, better
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notification, and had... i don't want to say this. i think i'm going to leave my answer where it was, about — what i said about the future. we are responsible for the safety of everybody in the city. all new yorkers, it is our responsibility, so we felt terrible. the storm changed so quickly on us and the amount of rain that we received was much more significant in a short period of time than we ever imagined. all cities are unprepared for the climate eventualities. now we have to act to protect our citizens, and that means more funding for cities and other areas around — notjust around the united states, but around the world.
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when i saw everything submerged in water, i was heartbroken. ifelt like i was homeless again, that i had to start over again. it was wild to see there was water coming from everywhere. it felt pretty apocalyptic. downstairs, we got about five feet. and then upstairs, our neighbour's backyard flooded, which subsequently caused our indoor dining space to flood. we had about 3.5 feet of water, almost four feet. i guess the water receded about 3am. and it was a clean—up — just pulling everything out of the house. the floor was black, everything was tipped over. some stuff had already started to develop mould. there was oil everywhere, just sludge. i lost everything. right now, i'm sleeping on my friend's sofa, i have no bed to sleep on. it has been a month of me sleeping on a couch.
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we were on our own — this whole communityj was underwater andi we were on our own. it was just very, very. scary and unfortunate. there is destruction everywhere. - the walls are - completely destroyed. the floor is damaged. i lost everything. we didn't have flood insurance and they only offered to cover damages from the oil kind of tipping over, it only came out to about $1,500, which is about nothing. so we definitely could have reopened. we put up a video of the flooding and just told everyone that we would be closed and that is when the messages started to pour in, where people were like, "let us help you". "start a gofundme. "let us donate. "let us help."
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it was, like, the outpour of love, it was incredible. so yeah, we started a gofundme, and we had our goal set out at $15,000, but within six hours, we reached $20,000. it was humbling — humbling to say the least. climate change science is proven and indisputable. 0ur planet is warming because of greenhouse gas emissions that are manmade, and it's going to get much warmer and much more dangerous as extreme weather events affect average people in their daily lives. we have got to prepare for this. it is going to happen. the truth of the matter is that everyone — from politicians to climate advocates and even scientists — have underestimated how much climate change is going to affect our daily lives. i think climate change is the greatest challenge of our time.
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as a new yorker, as an american, i feel that we are not giving it the attention, the urgency that it needs. we need to be more proactive about the things we do and put in place for the future. i'mjust angry. i am tired of watching - the world burn when we can do so much to protect it. hello. by the end of this forecast, we'll be looking at something colder across the uk. before then, it's another fairly mild week ahead by day and by night, with most of the rain affecting the north and the west of scotland. let's have a look at the rainfall accumulation, the expected rainfall accumulation over
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the next five days. what we are looking at are the deeper blue and green colours here across the north and west of scotland. elsewhere, very little, if any, rain expected over the next five days. and in temperature, we start mild. briefly turns a bit cooler through the middle part of the week before that milder air topples back in through thursday and friday. but let's start with monday. high pressure the dominant feature. we have this frontal system pushing its way south and eastwards. as it moves into that area of high pressure it does tend to weaken, so what we are left with is a lot of cloud and some outbreaks of rain through initially southern scotland, then northern england, parts of north wales, maybe the far south—west of england. to the north of this, across scotland and northern ireland, a much brighter day and some sunshine, but to the south of that cloudier, damperzone, still a lot of cloud with some mist and fog through the morning. 11—13 celsius the top temperature on monday afternoon. through monday evening and overnight that cloud base over england and wales likely to lower to bring some patchy drizzle, but some more persistent rain will begin to push into the north and west of scotland,
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coupled with some gusty winds. it will be a mild night, 7—10 celsius for most, could dip down to 5 or 6 under any clearspells, but certainly frost—free. notice the squeeze in the isobars on tuesday. quite an unsettled day across scotland and northern ireland. notice the squeeze in the isobars on tuesday. that is indicating a strong wind. also some heavy and persistent rain pushing into northern ireland, northern and western scotland. as it moves eastwards it will tend to weaken. we could see a few showers across the far west of scotland, across the far north of scotland, but elsewhere it should be mainly dry, if rather cloudy. 11—13 celsius the top temperature on tuesday afternoon. now, a similar pattern, as that front moves its way into the area of high pressure it will tend to weaken, so as we head through wednesday, a quieter day, but also behind it notice the colours have changed slightly. this is looking at temperature. so we are likely to see something a bit cooler on wednesday, perhaps cool enough that the showers we will see across scotland in the morning could be wintry over the highest ground. they will move away for most on wednesday. a quiet day, mainly dry,
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a bit more in the way of sunshine, but temperatures will be in high single figures across scotland on wednesday, so it will be feeling a bit cooler, 8 or 9 celsius, 11—13 elsewhere. wednesday, we have high pressure to the south of the uk, low pressure to the north. notice still some fronts around bringing outbreaks of rain eastwards across parts of northern scotland. further south it should stay mainly dry, certainly for england and wales and for much of northern ireland it is a mainly dry day on thursday. again, 11—13 for most. still on the cool side across scotland. still some outbreaks of rain across the north of scotland on friday. for most, it should be mainly dry. could see a few showers pushing into north—west of england, but notice the rise in temperature, 1a or 15 celsius the top temperature to end the week. as we head through the weekend and into next week, initially we see some frontal systems pushing their way across bringing some wetter and windier weather, but also notice the change in wind direction to something more
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northerly and this high pressure starting to build back in, so looking further ahead, wetter on saturday and then behind that things will turn colder, there will be some spells of sunshine, it will be dry, but we are likely to see a return to overnight frosts.
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