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newsroom." dramatic rescue efforts are under way in western europe, as the death toll from the catastrophic floods sweeping through the region continue to climb. at least 153 people are now confirmed dead, mostly in germany, with hundreds of others still unaccounted for. bridges have been washed out. thousands left homeless. and entire villages left under water. germ germany has sent nearly 1,000 troops. take a look at this house in belgium that collapses as floodwaters rush by you can see there people on the roof waiting to be evacuated. belgium will observe a national day of mourning for flood victims on tuesday.
now, in netherlands, dutch officials have just shored 10,000 residents to evacuate the see of venlo, ten miles north of where these pictures were taken. cnn's melissa bell is in the disaster zone with more on the historic floods. >> reporter: the floodwaters were moving northward by friday, leaving behind a trail of devastation. vast swaths of germany, belgium and netherlands only now beginning to realize the cost of historic storms. the question is more any of this could be as a surprise. not only as the heavy rains that came this week has been forecast but more change for years experts have been warning that this part of the world one of the effects of climate change. and yet, by the time the waters
came, no one was prepared. from germany to belgium, the pictures taken by locals give a sense of how fast the waters were sweeping away everything in their path. by friday morning, the scale of the devastation was becoming clear. in the belgium village people returning to what was left of their homes and livelilivelihoo. this family's wine shop engulfed in mud. has never seen anything like it before. in the nearby town, french military personnel and equipment have been brought in as part of what is now an international rescue effort. as you can see, the water here really rose quite high. what the locals who we've been speaking to have told us many still traps in their homes now running out of food and water, when the flash flood came, it was a mighty correy torrent tha
down the streets and it happened that streets filled up with waters within a couple of hours. the rescuers going house to house. in germany, the scenes are heartbreakingly similar. in one town, the residents of a personal care home were trapped. they'd been asleep and attempts to get them out failed. across the country, 125 people have been killed with many more missing. >> translator: we're doing everything we can to save lives, repair damage and dangerous conditions. >> reporter: even as europe sees the worst floods in a quarter century, its politicians are looking for lessons in the future. >> that is the intensity and the length of these events where science tells us is a clear indication of climate change. and that this is something where
we really, really show the urgency to act. >> reporter: an urgency all the clearer from above in the part of the world not used to the kind of humanitarian crisis is now faces. melissa bell, cnn. all right. let's get the latest on the ground in western europe. let's start with journalist chris burns in verniers, belgium. chris, the scene behind you tells the story. what's the latest there? >> reporter: yeah, so far, kim, we've got a death toll of 26 here in this province here. you can see some of the cleanup going on, as they're digging up, there's a digger behind me digging things up. he's got a lot of work to do, let's look at the overpass here. and this is what he has to clean
up. and there's a dramatic story involving this. among those people missing is a man's sister and her husband, who -- during -- as the wares w waters were rising they were clinging desperately on the side of this overpass and they were on the phone with the family and then they disappeared. there are many stories like that where the waters might be coming down but the drama is still very high. we also will have a visit here in a little village nearby which is also very hard-hit, in the next hour or so, there's going to be -- i just want to underline, the president of the european commission plus the prime minister of belgium, alexander de croo. visiting, tens of thousands of people without power and it's going to take time to restore all of this.
kim. >> yeah. on that just looking at the background behind you, all of the devastating pictures that you've seen, so much damage, as you say, people will be out of their homes for months, maybe years. what's next for them? i notice you said politicians are coming. what are they promising in terms of help to rebuild? >> reporter: well, yeah, i might mention, i talked to a hotelier, whose hotel is trashed. and they were dealing with covid. covid locked them down before that and they were trying to come back. and there's a baker just on the other side of the river who also has lost everything. so there are many people dealing with that. the government has announced millions in support, many in small business loans. but it's probably not going to be enough. they're going to need to boost that for these people to recover. it's massive devastation here, kim. >> thanks so much for that. really appreciate it.
we want to turn now to our atika shubert who joins us on the phone. she's in germany with a look at the devastation there. atika, let's start with the ongoing rescue and recovery efforts in germany where we're told the death toll is the highest. >> reporter: yeah, we're in arweiler, this is one of the hardest hits towns. it's tucked into many bends and they're going to be deploying very quickly with heavy equipment. this area in particular has been devastated. you can see where i'm standing, that the river took almost a bite out of the road, it's flipped over a bus, a fire truck. there are hotels, hotel lobbies, washed away. and so what the military is doing now, is using it's telecommunications to access
towns where communications is very poor to try and salvage and rescue what they can. it's still very much a rescue separation considering we're now two or three days after the disaster. and that goes to show how wide the devastation is. the death toll is expected to rise. a lot of this has also become a search and recovery effort. we've spoken to residents who tell us that they watched their neighbors clinging for life at their windows, but they just couldn't hold on anymore and were washed away. so firefighters here are also using sniffer dogs to search for bodies and we do expect the death toll to rise. >> tell me a bit more. you mentioned that one person who's clinging -- you know, trying not to get swept away there. tell us a little more about what people have been saying. i know you've been going around talking to people affected by this disaster. what are they telling you? >> reporter: well, this is
completely unprecedented. nobody has seen flooding like this. they haven't had this kind of flooding in 100 years. a lot of people that we talked to compare this to a war. they simply have not seen this kind of devastation hitting their hometowns before. but i also have to say people here are resilient. it's amazing how many people have just got stuck trying to clean up. they pulled on their rubber boots, they're caked in mud, sifting through the materials, what's left of their homes and trying to recover whatever they can. right where i'm standing right now, i can see people using anything they can to cart stuff out. whether it's shopping carts, toy wagons, and wheelbarrows, they're wheeling their possessions over this partially collapsed bridge. it's just devastating. i think for a lot of people here, it happens so soon that really they're just trying to process what they can at this moment. even some of the most traumatic events.
seeing people swept away. they haven't been able to process this. it's going to take a long time for people to recover. >> yeah. touching image you paint there of how people are dealing with this devastation. atika shubert in germany. thank you so much. covid-19 cases are now on the rise in every single u.s. state. this is what health experts have been fearing for some time now, with deaths and hospitalizations climbing as well. in fact, cases are up nearly 70% compared to the previous week. and many experts are blaming the vaccination slowdown. the cdc says a little more than 48% of the population is fully vaccinated. and just hours an indoor mask mandate returns to los angeles county in an effort to bring cases back down. cnn's erica hill reports.
>> which is why we want to take action now. >> reporter: starting sunday, faces must be covered indoors even if you're fully vaccinated. nationwide, up 67% rising in every state and d.c. for the first time since january. >> danger is, as more unvaccinated people get imeffected, and delta is so contagious, it's really transmitting at a speed that i haven't seen since the very beginning. >> reporter: death up 26%, hospitalizations 36% in the last seven days. the president placing the blame on facebook and other social media platforms for not doing more to stop the spread of misinformation. >> the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. and they're killing people. >> reporter: the fda confirming friday it's prioritizing the review of pfizer's vaccine, noting it among the agency's highest priorities.
one official telling cnn, full approval could come in the next few months. >> for some people, the fda approval process may make the difference. but i do think we have a fair amount of experience right now, a tremendous amount of experience that tells us, again, the benefits of this vaccine far outweigh the risks. >> reporter: vaccinations are down 11% in the last week. tennessee, one of the states with the lowest vaccination rates in the country, just 38%, saw new cases increase 84% in the last week. florida, accounts for 1 in 5 new cases in the country. some states now asking for help. >> this week, at the request of the nevada governor, we are deployed more than 100 people to the state. to help enhance vaccine access and support vaccine outreach efforts. >> reporter: as the administration beefs up its own outreach -- >> wear your mask and get your vaccine. >> reporter: -- new questions about so-called breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated
americans. >> the reality is no vaccine is 100% effective. fortunately, these breakthrough cases are generally asymptomatic cases or mild cases. the vaccines do a tremendous job of protecting against severe infection and death. >> reporter: a message noelle collier is also sharing after losing her unvaccinated mother. >> i want people to understand that covid is not gone. i'm fully vaccinated, and i still got covid, but i recovered. the vaccine is worth it. >> reporter: on the heels of l.a. county bringing back indoor mask mandates over the weekend, new york city's mayor said on friday there's no plan to follow suit here in new york. the city's health commissioner telling cnn, they'll continue to follow the data in the coming weeks, but, again, no plans to change course at the moment. in new york, erica hill, cnn. president biden has ordered the intelligence community to
find out how the coronavirus pandemic originated. and some senior officials are now giving more credibility to a theory that the virus could have accidentally leaked from a chinese lab, a complete turnaround from what democrats were saying a year ago. natasha bertrand has details. >> we're learning that the biden administration now believe that covid-19 escaped from a lab, at least is possible as the theory that it originated in the wild. it was streeted as a conspiracy theory and unscientific. the intelligence came back in may saying they were still split on the issue of whether covid-19 originated in a lab or the wild. he then ordered a redoubled effort into this question.
and what we're learning now is that the intelligence community, being really on the fence about where this originated has also led senior biden administration officials to that theory that it escaped from a lab accidentally very seriously. now, it is important to note that this is not necessarily a theory that this was engineered as a bio weapon. this is not gaining credence within the biden administration. what they believe is that this could have escaped from a lab as they were conducting research on bat. and therefore, it's also somewhat of a natural origin theory. but right now, the two theories being treated very credible, both of them and the administration emphasizing to us that they're reserving judgment until the intelligence community completes its review in 30 days. natasha bertrand, cnn. a new court ruling put a questions over hundreds of thousands of immigrants here in
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the dream of a new life is on the line again for hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the u.s. they were brought to the country illegally as children and they've been allowed to stay under the so-called daca program. for many of them, the u.s. is the place they grew up and the only home they know. as evan perez reports, the new report ruling on friday is putting their lives in limbo. >> reporter: a federal judge in texas has ruled that the obama era program that allowed some undocumented immigrants to remain in this country is illegal. and he blocked the government from accepting new applicants. hundreds of thousands of people came to the united states as children protected under the program known as the deferred action for childhood arrivals. the ruling from judge andrew
hannon didn't cancel it who are participating in it but leaves themselves in devastating legal limbo. hannon is an appointee of george w. bush and he ruled that congress didn't authority the homeland security department to create daca. but hannon also wrote it wouldn't be fair for the program that so many rely on. the u.s. justice department is widely expected to appeal the ruling which could be sent back to the supreme court which previously blocked the trump administration attempt to end the program. the high court didn't rule whether the program was legal. evan perez, cnn, washington. the funeral for haiti's assassinated leader is set for friday. we've also know that the fbi has begun its own investigation. that's because some of the suspects in the key plot seem to have connection to florida. we get that from matt rivers in
port-au-prince. >> reporter: well, we got updates on the assassination in midday conference here in port-au-prince haiti. among those attending was claude joseph, it was joseph who offered his opinion on what he termed a miscalculation, on the part of some of the people involved in this assassination. he said, quote, the killers thought they could kill the president and force the rest of the government to flee. he said, obviously, that hasn't happened. the investigation goes on. that's where the chief of police of haiti's national police force jumped in. he said at this point, more than two dozen police officers on the island are being investigated in one way or another, as a result of this assassination. among those police officers being investigated, we're told there are some officers who were actually at the presidential residence the night of the assassination. also, haiti's national police chief saying that members of the fbi that have come here from the
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he was both trying to stay politically relevant, trying to stay in the political arena but also being aware that the republican party is still very much the party of donald trump. he did acknowledge what former president donald trump never has. take a listen. >> truth is we've been through a lot in the last year. with the global pandemic, civil unrest, a divisive election. a tragic day in our nation's capitol. >> reporter: now, while he did call it a tragic day, he also did not fully separate himself from the former president. he praised the administration. the work the administration had done and said that he was proud to serve as part of that, and be a part of that. but it's very clear now that the former vice president is trying to form a political identity that is separate and outside of donald trump's shadow. but no matter vague he is about january 6th, or how much he tries to avoid it, it is eventually going to be unavoidable. because we have talked to so many trump supporters who are
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♪ welcome back. to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber. you're watching "cnn newsroom." the death toll from catastrophic flooding in europe has now passed 150. power and communications have been knocked out in the affected areas, making it difficult to know how many people are actually missing. hundreds of soldiers have been mobilized in germany to help with relief efforts. in the netherlands, dutch officials have or theed 10,000 soldiers to evacuate the city. i spoke to tanya knopp ahead of the german red cross. she said the challenges facing flood workers are daunting. here he is.
>> the situation for all of the people and for us is a really serious one as the infrastructure is totally destroyed. houses are destroyed. and floods and all. and we had to evacuate. and all of these people from really extreme and serious situations. and now, the people who are evacuated need support. they need shelter. they need clothing. food, drink. medical support. their regular medicine. and we from red cross from hand in hand with all of the others give them this support, with our special unit. and a lot of them need psychological support because they've lost everything they've -- yeah, they've lost their things. and some are still looking for close relatives which they are missing. and we try to help, to save them, and to solve all of these problems. >> yeah. i want to go into a little bit more. i mean, first of all, you know,
how are you helping to provide shelter for them, concretely? and second of all, you stalk ta about the state that they're in, the huge emotional trauma that they must be going through. they obviously not have very much with them as well because they have to evacuate so quickly. what are sort of some the needs you're helping with there? >> we have special units prepared to give shelter to people. we bring these people to gyms and schools, and all of these things so people can stay there. especially the most vulnerable of people we are focusing on. these are people who need care. people who are evacuated from hospitals. and, of course, we have to give all of this support to them. we cook food and drink. and for all of this, we are prepared. our volunteers are trained to do exactly this.
and the people are -- they are -- they are absolutely shocked on what's happened. and the situation, as the water goes back, all of these people realize that their problems stay. their houses are destroyed. they care about what's happening next, of course. and we try, at the moment, to do our best, but our special red cross philosophy is worldwide. we say red cross is a network everywhere. and also as our units go back to their homes, the red cross in all of these towns stays and we'll try to help all of these people. >> yeah. you talked about, you know, the volunteers being prepared to help. but also that the people weren't prepared for this type of emergency. are you surprised by the lack of advance warning and preparation for a disaster like this?
>> i think it's -- i can't analyze the special situation in every city. but i'm absolutely sure that we have in future to focus much more on being self-prepared. it's something red cross and a lot of other people always talk about. and we say everybody has to focus on this, think about what you are doing in such situations. but just through tough situations as we have lived through now, people become aware that this is reality. and i think because of climate change such situations will become more often and more serious. and i think now is the time to switch and to think more about and everyone should be prepared and think about what am i doing,
if i am in such a situation. >> that was tanya knopp of the german red cross speaking to us a short time ago. i want to bring in meteorologist derek van dam for more on this. derek, so many experts as you know are pointing their fingers at climate change, but is it that simple to make that direct link between these very specific rains and climate change? >> it's a fascinating interview you performed there a moment ago. and you know, thinking about this link to climate change, floods will always happen. they will continue to happen in the future. but it's a little bit, kim, like rolling the dice. we are changing the odds on rolling the dice. as a meteorologist, climatologist who studies this for their profession, we see the strongest evidence linking climate change in our rapidly changing planet with extreme changes like heavy rain and frequency ofincrease.
and we have the evidence to prove that. just think about warmer atmosphere has the ability to hold more moisture. and extreme events especially what's happened in western germany and portions of luxembourg and belgium and netherlands. and draw that link to climate change. in 2016, may of 2016, a similar heavy rainfall event took place. scientists studied it, scrutinized over it. they found that a warmer climate made that particular event 80% to 90% more likely before man-made climate change was introduced to a similar situation. cutoff low pressure system, it's slowly meandering across central portions of europe, that is setting up rainfall. in the same locations just an incredible amount of precipitation in a short period of time, allowing for many of the local rivers to overflood their banks, this is the meuse
river in belgium. you got to think about water that sinks to its own level. it only has location to go up, right? the rivers, streaming into larger rivers like the rhine river, it's only going to see that river go up. it's risen 100 centimeters in the past hours in cologne, germany, and rhine river because of that. and the bulk of the precipitation moving away from the hardest impacted areas of the flooding, that's good news. now we need to focus on switzerland, austria. adriatic region. croatia. look at our radar picking up on 200 centimeters of rainfall. cut off low from the flow of atmosphere. there's nothing to push it out. so it's very stagnant. sits over the same area for a long time.
fingerprints of climate change written all over this, kim. >> derek, appreciate it. we're getting an idea just how deadly the recent historic heat wave in canada might have been. officials report at least 808 deaths in british columbia in late june, that's almost four times the number of deaths there during the same period last year. now, at this point, officials can't say how many of those deaths were directly caused by the danger of heat, but they say, the connection is clear. that same heat wave contributed to 17 wildfires across the united states. the national intra-agency fire center says more than 1 million acres have occurred throughout 12 states. in oregon, the latest wildfire the country has seen this year, the bootleg fire has scorched 273,000 acres since it started ten days ago. but there is a bit of good news. the fire is now 22% contained. all right. coming up, a serious spike in new coronavirus cases is raising questions about the plans for england's so-called freedom day
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♪ dream until your dreams come true ♪ israel's prime minister says vaccines alone aren't fixing the coronavirus pandemic. bennett blames that the vaccines give significantly less protection against the delta variant. israel reported 850 new kays on thursday, the highest number in four months but fewer than 50 of those were serious cases which is much better than at the height of the pandemic in january. in just two days, england is set to fully reopen. that means no more mask requirements in shops and most public places. and bars and restaurants will be able to pack in more customers. but a sharp rise in cases is throwing all of that into
question. on friday, the uk reported more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time in six months. phil black joins me now from essex, england. phil, so there's been more blowback to the reopening plan. i was reading 1200 scientists signed into to a letter in the medical journal "the lancet" saying england lifting restrictions could be a threat to the whole world which is basically adding to the chorus of naysayers. >> reporter: yeah, kim, a lot of people watching to see what happens here. case numbers are already very high. they're expected to get much higher. as much as 100,000 a day, according to the government. and yet the government says it is determined to proceed with this plan to effectively throw away the pandemic rule book here in england, from monday. it is an unprecedented experiment. no other country has tried to reopen society in the middle of a growing wave. and there is tremendous
uncertainty. even the government's over advisers say they don't know how this is going to turn out because it will ultimately be determined by how cautiously people decide to behave. and the modeling shows if people return to a prepandemic way of life, you could see a wave of hospitalization that is as great or even greater than what england has experienced in previous infection ways. so there's a great deal at stake. the government believes it can work because of the advanced vaccine program. and it also believes dealing with the inevitable wave that comes with reopening, it's better to try to manage that through summer, where there is less what hospitals experience during fall and winter. and they also believe with students not in school there's less opportunity for virus to spread there. but they are determined to proceed as i said. but there is much criticism here, internationally, and from scientists who believe this is reckless and unethical because we're talking about the delta variant.
and it is so contagious. the vaccine program is advanced but not complete so it's their view that their decision will inevitably lead to vast numbers of infections in the near term. and many of those people will fall seriously ill. there is another concern here, one that could impact the whole world. that is the belief among scientists that this creates the circumstances which allows for more mutations. allows for new variants to develop. and it increases the risk of a variant that is better at beating, working around the current vaccine. kim. >> yeah, that variant throwing everything into question. cnn's phil black, thank you so much. well, singapore has seen clusters of new infections linked to karaoke bars. authorities are delaying reopening plans and starting monday they'll be tightening restrictions again. joining me from singapore, singapore provides a real
contrast to england as we were listening how to deal with the pandemic. and how to navigate our way out of this. i understand the country had a zero covid but now that's changing. but take us how they're planning to return to normal. i guess the watch word is slow and steady? >> reporter: yeah, it is slow and steady to a certain extent. i think what's quite interesting about this, kim, you have the uk and singapore basically saying the same thing which is we must expect that covid-19 isn't going away. but singapore, as you indicate has a very different tact to the uk. what we're being told here, test regularly in all of the pharmacies but also it's all about vaccinations, kim, by national day which will be happening in august. we can expect that two-thirds of all singapore residents will be vaccinated. that means a double dose. that means full vaccination. but what we have here in southeast asia is a real
patchwork of experience. of course, this is one whole country in a myriad of other where is we have trade relationships and economic relationships and it's been really tough in this situation to get everyone on the same page.independentnesia, you've got a surge in cases, 270 million people have actually been vaccinated. over in the philippines, you as have a slow rollout of the vaccine. 3 million doses of johnson & johnson single dose shot arrived from the united states earlier this week. so that is beginning to get under way. but again, the delta variant has just been picked up in the last week. even though cases were coming down in the philippines, we may see them rise them. some in thailand and malaysia, coming back to singapore, you indicated this, we have seen a surge in case. a surge from the zero community cases we had a week ago. and that occurred in nighttime
establishment, karaoke bars that have flipped to get dining there. and there is tight testing going on. the government is testing anyone related to those clusters even though it accepts this road map of the covid-19 pandemic. going to mean more vaccinations, more testing regularly now we all have a track and trace as it's called in other parts of the world are when it shows up that will be your passport getting into restaurants or gyms or whatever it might be. so we're beginning to accept that this is very much a new way of normal live. >> thank you so much, in singapore. straight ahead on "cnn newsroom," covid-19 has found its way into the olympic village with tokyo 2020 just six days away. we'll go live to japan next. stay with us. ze that energy demand is growing,
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has seen a surge of covid cases. still, organizers are determined to push ahead. the ioc is holding an executive board meeting to go over all of the final details. cnn's blake essig joins us live from fukushima, japan. blake, covid in the athletes village, just as athletes are starting to arrive. i mean, this must be adding to already growing worries there. >> reporter: yeah, you know, kim, across the country right now, cases are increasing. and there was always the fear that the olympics would bring in potentially more cases. and, you know, it's small right now, but the numbers are growing by the day. now, even though fukushima isn't under a state of emergency, cases here are also increasing. and as a result, no fans will be allowed to attend the baseball and softball games scheduled to be played inside the stadium behind me in the distance during the olympics. back in tokyo.
covid-19 cases are surging this past week. the daily case count hit its highest case mark in six months. because of health and safety concerns these olympics games have been and continue to be deeply unpopular with the majority of japanese people. the effort by organizers to cement the positive legacy and create an upbeat tone through events like the torch relay simply has not worked. i spoke to anti-olympics protesters who told me it's not too late to cancel the games especially with the surge in cases. >> translator: i really think the olympics will come at the cost of human life. if the games are held, i'm worried about the covid cases spiking even more than they already are. the games should be cancelled. >> translator: i think it's definitely possible to cancel the games. just because there's a week to go, we shouldn't be giving up on trying. there are athletes hesitating
cancelling the game sends a clear message that human lives are valued. >> reporter: and despite the health concerns ioc president thomas bach incredibly unpopular here in japan says that cancel is not an option. and the risk of spreading covid-19 because of olympics is zero. he spoke here yesterday to hiroshima to promote peace, that was unacceptable to people feeling that bach using here yo shima's image in support of the olympics. after riving in japan, the first case as you mentioned kim being reported today from inside the olympic village. at this point, all we know the person who tested positive isn't believed to be an athlete and they were taken to be in quarantine outside of the village. positive cases have come from contractors and others from serbia, israel and nigeria.
the member from the nigerian team that tested positive has been hospitalized. while this is only the first case requiring hospitalization, one of the big concerns from medical professionals and the general public is the potential strain on the health care system. now, it's important to remember, even though an estimated 80% to 85% of people living in the olympic village are vaccinated and won't likely end up in the hospital if they become infected still about 20% of japan's population has not been vaccinated and are vulnerable if the olympics turns into a superspreader event. kim. >> thanks so much, blakes essi appreciate it. that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm kim brunhuber. "new day" is just ahead. for everyone else, it's "connecting africa." washed your hands a lot today?
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