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and brings with it one of the deadliest conflicts in recorded history. hello and a warm welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. appreciate your company. i'm michael holmes. coming up here on "cnn newsroom," a changing mood in japan. we're live in tokyo amid signs the country is getting more excited about the games. details along with the latest medal count. plus repairing a frayed relationship. we will have a live report from
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hong kong as one of america's top diplomats begins talks with china. also coming up -- >> there's a lot of potential fuel for that fire to continue if it crosses. and so our efforts and our priorities over there are to keep that fire from crossing the road there. >> we'll bring you the devastating toll from the wildfires raging in parts of the united states. the tokyo summer olympics in full swing despite the pandemic. just a short time ago the tennis superstar japan's naomi osaka advancing to the round of 16. good news for the host nation. and let's have a look where the medal count stands at the moment. it could quickly change, though, with 21 medal events on monday. now, officials have meanwhile confirmed at least 153 covid
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cases linked to the games so far. one of the new cases was a resident of the olympic village, and that brings the total number of cases from the village to 16. japan now contending with the pandemic and also bracing for a tropical storm that's expected to bring rain and strong winds this week. but despite all of that, the mood isn't shifting in japan as the competition gets under way. let's ask our cnn's blake esik. we've been talking about the down mood of japanese people for months now. do you get a sense that it is shifting, that people are starting to enjoy this? >> reporter: yeah, michael, it's great news. i do get the sense that the mood here is shifting. and the reality is for months we've talked about how unpopular these games have been with the japanese people all the way up until about a week of the opening ceremony. poll after poll showed the vast majority, often 80% wanted the
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olympics either canceled or postponed, and the reasons for that concerns over the health and safety of the japanese people. and that hasn't changed. with cases in tokyo surging olympic related cases also continuing to pileup. but despite that since competition began last week, it does seem like the mood around here is starting to change here for this made for tv event. ioc officials say nearly 70 million people watched the opening ceremony here in japan. ceo of the olympic broadcast services says it was the most watched event in japan over the past decade. and so far 80% of japan's roughly 126 million people have tuned in at some point to watch these olympic games. >> translator: i've been glue today the tv every night because i enjoy watching the olympics and following the wins and the upsets. i think the athletes have been training really hard for this moment. just being able to see their efforts make me happy, and i think tokyo did a good job in pulling all this off.
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>> reporter: and now after two days of full competition japan's performance at these games is getting people even more excited. so far japan has won six golds and a silver, and they're doing it in historic fashion, dominating the skateboarding competition as it makes its olympic debut. even though the buzz and excitement is a far cry from what you'd expect in a host city here during the olympics, people are trying to experience the games in any way possible. proof of that large crowds of people line the course to tree on triathletes as they competed. now, they weren't supposed to be there, michael, but as you can see that didn't stop these large crowds from gathering to catch a glimpse of olympic action. >> that's some good news. blake, good to see you. joining me here in the studio cnn's "world sport" patrick snell following the achievements. we heard blake mentioning skateboarding. basically a couple of kids on the podium. awesome. >> it was amazing this image
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earlier, michael, of three teenagers on the podium. day three of official competition monday and another day for japan once again in skateboarding. remember making its olympic debut, michael, at these games. historic as well in the womens competition this all three competitors, all three on the podium, teens. japan's momoji nishia has won gold, at just 13 years of age. she's one of the youngest gold medal winners in olympics history who got silver, that would be another 13-year-old, brazil's winning silver at 13. winning bronze, she was a bit older. she was at 16 years of age. you couldn't script this, could you. eighth total medal. and on sunday just to recap, just capping off a wonderful weekend going into monday,
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japan's yuto origome winning the medal in the mens. >> i've got to see the brazilian team actually compete, and she was terrific. she's tiny. good for her. >> amazing, isn't it? >> when you say they're teenagers, barely two of them. great story lines to talk about. and in the swimming pool as well. i mean, good news for my home country and good news for yours. >> incredible lot. we saw his prowess at the rio 16 games in brazil, powering his way to victory again to win gold in the mens 100 meters after the back of that triumph five years ago. not just the defending champ, also the world record holder in this event. swimming at time 57 seconds, 37. his third olympic career medal as well. why is this so special for the
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brits. p.t. the italian swimmer nicola martinegi with the bronze. as i said you're going to like this one, michael. setting the scene for you. the buildup to this dominated in some degree by the u.s. swimming sensation katey ledecky. looking to add to her triumph in rio in 2016. but the world record holder as it would turn out against a really formidable rival. this a thrilling contest between these two, and it would only be one winner and it goes the way of the australian in this highly anticipated showdown. tutmus winning time. and that now the second fastest time ever behind ledecky's world record. she won the silver with the time actually impressive. that's the fourth fastest time
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ever. and fifth medal overall, but michael, once again we're sitting on day three some compelling story lines. and we haven't even mentioned the triathlon. >> what a day. it's been great fun. it's been fantastic. some wonderful performances. >> now we know what you do during the commercial breaks. you watch the skateboarding. >> i know. i'm watchy the telly. patrick snell there. you can follow the games on cnn's instant coverage on cnn.com/olympics. turning now to the coronavirus pandemic and experts are saying delta is the most prevalent there and in the u.s. right now, which i think pretty much everyone knew. cases continuing to spike at an alarming rate. the majority of the u.s. saw a more than 50% increase in new covid infections last week
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represented on that map there in a sea of dark red. but vaccinations, well they've hardly moved in the same time period with less than half of all americans fully vaccinated so far. top health expert dr. anthony fauci says the most pressing need now is to get shots in arms. >> if you look historically at the modeling that has been done over the last 18 months for the most part it's been pretty accurate, so i'm not so sure it would be the worst-case scenario, but it's not going to be good. we're going in the wrong direction. since we have 50% of the country is not fully vaccinated, that's a problem. particularly when you have a variant like delta which has this extraordinary characteristic of being able to spread very efficiently and very easily from person to person. and we know we have many, many, many vulnerable people in this country who are unvaccinated. >> now, cnn's team is across the
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u.s. with the latest on the virus. suzan malveaux is in missouri where a controversial mask mandate is going into effect. but first let's go to paul vercammen in los angeles where covid hospitalizations are surging. > the delta variant helping to drive up the number of cases. the most alarming statistic, hospitalizations we did see the number of new cases drop. but the hospitalizations jumped up 700 in l.a. county. hospitalizations for covid-19. and that is absolutely alarming. and so county health officials are saying that people need to wear their masks indoors and get vaccinated. the result of these hospitalizations is we're seeing a county hospital such as this, county usc is seeing more patients. they would have one or two patients in june, and now
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they're seeing 10 to 15 for covid-19. so what is driving this? >> as of right now this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. it's just extraordinarily important. the people who are vaccinated now seem to have a high level of protection. the people we've seen, it numbers that are increasing are all among people who have not gotten the vaccine. and moreover, it's changed. we can't say anymore it's the old people who are going to die. it's young people now who are coming in very sick. >> reporter: so dr. holcombe saying this new wave of patients are younger and many of them had excuses like i just didn't have time to get a shot. he's urging people who have only had one shot in los angeles county to get that second shot, and that's because they are vulnerable to a break through case of the delta variant if they haven't had both of the required shots. reporting from los angeles, i'm paul vercammen. now back to you.
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>> reporter: for more than two months people were breathing a sigh of relief for not having to wear a mask, and all of that is changing monday for people here in st. louis and st. louis county. we're in the state of missouri, and this is where the mask mandate will take effect. they'll have to wear masks for indoor public spaces. that is everyone as well as public transportation, everyone 5 years old and older. the vaccinated as well as the unvaccinated. the only exception will be for those who are eating or drinking at a bar or a public restaurant or those who have a disability who cannot put on or take off their mask. there'll also be a strong recommendation to wear masks outdoors as well. now, the mayor as well as the county executive says this is for the health and safety, well-being of the people here. there has been an incredible surge in covid cases recently. the pushback to the mask mandate has been swift. to the attorney general eric schmidt who's running for the gop nomination of the u.s.
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senate was the first to go ahead and be very vocal in his pushback about this tweeting saying the citizens of st. louis and st. louis county are not subjects. they are free people. as their attorney general i'll be filing suit monday to stop this insanity, framing thisicize an issue of freedom and not public safety. the mayor of st. louis was quick to respond in her own tweet saying our top priority is protecting the health, safety and well-being of the people of st. louis county. nobody is surprised that the attorney general plans to file yet another frivolous lawsuit to serve his own political ambitions. in the meantime you have the restaurant owners, the bartenders, the employees and people who are going out and about who are now stuck in the middle. >> whenever we have the mask mandate we had to fight a lot of people who didn't want to wear masks. we had a customer pull a gun. we had customers like threaten to fight and just go crazy. >> reporter: city officials
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later on monday will hold a press conference to try to explain how this mask mandate will work. in the meantime the city of st. louis is undergoing a covid crisis. a 40% increase, a surge in cases just over the last week. suzan malveaux, cnn, st. louis, missouri. >> now, one doctor in arkansas is pleading with people in his community to get a covid vaccine. his hospital posting this message online. >> what i really wish you could see is to look into the eyes of a young father or a gentleman who knows that they may be short for this world because they didn't get their vaccine and the regret and remorse on their face
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and fear. >> powerful stuff. covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in his community. he appeared on cnn earlier to share more about what it's like to treat extremely ill patients with the virus. >> i just -- literally just came from a patient's room in his 20s, and it took six people to get him in a prone position on the ventilator. and we are seeing 20 and 30-year-olds dying now from a preventable illness. and it's heart breaking. we are seeing -- you know, you can't be too healthy for this virus. we are seeing people that are on a ventilator on friday. i can't get the word out enough of what we're seeing back here in these units.
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i see someone daily for the last three weeks that is possibly dying, certainly very sick that asks if they can get their vaccine. and it is heart breaking to tell them that that time has passed, that that was five to six weeks ago to prevent this. i grew up in rural america. i'm -- you know, i'm watching this kind of disparity between the unvaccinated and the increased mortality of our state and states similar to ours. and i can't scream it enough. you know, these are my people, and they're dying. and it's -- and it's tragic. and it is very much a case of misinformation. >> and preventable. just 36% of arkansas residents are fully vaccinated. that is the third lowest rate in the country.
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a special committee will begin its investigation of the attack on the u.s. capitol, and republicans aren't happy about their colleagues who will serve on the panel. we'll have the latest on this battle coming up. also we're hearing from the pakistani taliban leader as he reacts to fighting across the border in afghanistan. his exclusive interview with cnn when we come back. iduciary, it's our responsibility to always put clients first. (other money manager) so you do it because you have to? (naj) no, we do it because it's the right thing to do. we help clients enjoy a comfortable retirement. (other money manager) sounds like a big responsibility. (naj) one that we don't take lightly. it's why our fees are structured so we do better when our clients do better. fisher investments is clearly different.
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we don't have any on there. if the issuance of a subpoena by me as chairman is what we have to do to get individuals to come and testify, we'll do that. if we have subpoena records be they telephone logs or whatever, we have absolutely no problem in pursuing the truth. >> that was u.s. house democrat bennie thompson who will chair the special committee investigating the january 6th attack on the capitol. the first hearing set for tuesday, and partisan battle lines are clearly being drawn. two republicans are on the committee. adam kinzinger, an outspoken
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critic of donald trump, will serve along liz cheney. the house republican leader accusing nancy pelosi of structuring the committee to satisfy her political objectives. and now there are growing calls within the gop to have kinzinger and cheney removed from their other committees in retaliation. cnn's melanie zanona has more on what's ahead. >> reporter: on tuesday that is when the january 6th select committee is scheduled to hold its first hearing featuring the testimony of police officers who responded to the capitol attack that day. some of the officers were beaten, maced, dragged out into the crowd, one of them crushed between doorways. so we are expecting it to be very powerful and emotional. we're also expecting video clips and body worn camera footage to be played. one other thing to now look out for is the presence of two republicans on the select
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committee who were both appointed by speaker nancy pelosi. liz cheney was already on the initial roster of this committee, but after kevin mccarthy, the gop leader pulled his picks from the panel, pelosi announced on sunday she'll be appointing adam kinzinger to the committee as well. now, republicans are saying this is just another example how pelosi is trying to stuckture the committee around her own political interests, but pelosi making clear she's not worried about what republicans have to say. take a listen to what she said to say on abc this week. >> our select committee will seek the truth. it's our patriotic duty to do so, and we do not come into our work worried about what the other side who has been afraid of this -- maybe the republicans can't handle the truth, but we have a responsibility to seek it, to find it and in a way that retains the confidence of the american people. >> reporter: so that is just an early preview of the battles to come here on capitol hill as the
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select committee heats up in the coming weeks ahead. melanie zanona, cnn, capitol hill. a top u.s. general says american forces will continue air strikes in afghanistan to support afghan forces battling the taliban. militants have gained ground in recent months after launching a sweeping assault as the u.s. withdraws. those afghan taliban gangs grabbing the attention of pakistan's taliban leader just across the border. cnn's nic robertson has the details in this exclusive report. >> reporter: as afghanistan's taliban gain ground so pakistan's taliban, the ttp, take heart. in his first ever tv interview their leader answers questions cnn sent him via intermediaries at an undisclosed location near the afghan-pakistan border, a gun at his side, a message of war. >> translator: the afghan-taliban victory is the
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victory of entire muslim people. our nations are based on brother hood, sympathy and islamic principles. >> reporter: masood's three predecessors were all killed in drone strikes. their bloody record includes the 2009 attack that killed nine people including seven cia officers and contractors at a base close to the pakistan border. and the massacre of 145 people mostly children in a pakistan school in 2014. masood became leader in 2018 when the u.n. later designated him a global terrorist and added him to the sanction list for his ties to al-qaeda. today he denies those al-qaeda links and that his group is still fighting alongside the afghan taliban. >> translator: our fight is only in pakistan, and we are at war with the pakistani security
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forces. we are firmly hoping to take control of the pakistani tribal border regions and make them independent. >> reporter: but while pakistan's army has fought a decades long counter insurgeerancy against the ttp in pakistan, pakistan's intelligence service, the isi, and the army have backed the afghan taliban although they deny it. now as the afghan taliban win territory, blowback from pakistan looms. >> the risk for pakistan is that a stronger afghan taliban can actually reduce its cooperation with the isi in controlling the ttp. and it's that which empowers the ttp. >> reporter: the ttp are already demanding sharia law curtailing girls education. >> they would like to implement sharia in pakistan and pakistan's territories. already there is a lot of fear. >> reporter: for the past two
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decades u.s.-pakistan relations have been complicated by pakistan's alleged approach of support for the u.s. while covertly backing the afghan taliban. it's a delicate balance afghan taliban gains threaten. >> the ttp are now banking on an afghan taliban victory. and they are confident that they will be able to continue their fight against pakistan in the event of the taliban taking over in afghanistan. >> its pakistan which will be in greater pain than afghanistan. it will be threatened much more. >> reporter: from his undisclosed location masood is coy, hinting that the gains that could be coming his way. >> translator: according to the teaching of islam victory of one muslim is necessarily helpful for another muslim. but how the victory of afghan taliban will prove helpful for
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the pakistani taliban time will tell. >> reporter: in the meantime despite his denials expectation is masood's fighters will keep backing the afghan taliban. nic robertson, cnn, london. tunisia's president has dismissed the prime minister and frozen the parliament in a move that sparked cheers in the capital. large crowds turning out in support though his opponents accuse him of launching a coup. the president said his actions are in line with the constitution and that he will assume executive authority with the assistance of a new prime minister. many protesters in tunisan voitsing their anger. jordan's king is calling his half brother's role in an
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alleged plot amateurish and disappointing. you might remember jordanian officials accused the former prince of being part of a plot to destabilize back in april. in videos he criticized jordan's leadership and denied the allegations. he had he'd been ice latded over concerns about alleged criticism of the government or king. but days later hamsa pledged loyalty to the king. here's what the king now tells our fareed zakaria about the situation. >> we've had to look at many characters trying to use peoples f frustrations and legitimate concerns of challenges they have in making their lives better to really push on their own agendas and ambitions. what i think made this so sad that one of the people was my brother who did it in such an
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amateurish and really disappointing way. from our point to the intelligence services as they always do gather information, it got to a point where they had legitimate concerns that certain individuals were trying to push my brother's ambitions for their own agendas and decided quite rightly to nip it in the bud and quietly. >> earlier this month a top advisor to the king and a member of the royal family was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sedition. quick break. when we come back, even as the covid-19 delta variant spreads, protesters in europe resisting vaccinations. we'll have details when we come back. and thousands of brazilians are demanding their president bolsanaro be removed. i'll talk to an expert in brazilian politics for more on why the so-called trump of the tropics has become politically vulnerable.
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protesters in france also demonstrating against proposed requirements. the country battling a fourth wave of coronavirus infections, and the french parliament passing a bill requiring vaccinations for health care workers. it also expands the use of the health pass system to enter many businesses. cnn's jim bitterman reports. >> even before it reached the parliament, the new health pass law seems to have had the impact the government wanted. after president emmanuel macron's july 12th announcement they'd soon have to carry a certificate for even the simplest of daily activities appointments for vaccinations skyrocketed. according to the vaccination reservation center website at least 4.7 million people have signed up in the two weeks since. on a visit to the french overseas territory of tahiti, macron said the anti-vaccination protesters in the streets like those in the streets this
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weekend who believe that they should be free to reject vaccinations are wrong. >> translator: that is not freedom. that is called irresponsibility. it is called selfishness. a society only holds together the freedom of each person is respectful of the other. and there is it is based on rights and duties. >> reporter: but perhaps just as influential as the president's vaccination shaming is the influence of other countryman. according to health ministry statistics about half of the adult population has now been fully vaccinated. a number that will no doubt only grow in coming days as the health pass is required for more and more activities. jim bitterman, cnn, jill, france. a vaccine scandal is a cavalier attitude towards covid have many in brazil calling for the president's removal for the second time this month. protesters demanding the impeachment of jair bolsanaro. he's being investigated in the senate over corruption allegations tied to the purchase of an indian coronavirus
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vaccine. president bolsanaro's popularity has plunged to record lows, and polls show him losing to his main rival, leftist former president lua desylvia in next year's election if he were to run. >> he's pretty vulnerable right now. i'd say he's going through the most turbulent period of this period in office. so i think at this point what we have to focus on is first of all the number of deaths from the covid-19 pandemic is really high in brazil. we rank second in total number of deaths. we have millions of cases. so that's the first thing that might have taken his approval ratings down in the last few months. and then there's the second thing which relates to the economy. i mean the brazilian economy hasn't recovered as the economic
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team of the government has imagined in the first place. a top chinese diplomat is blaming the u.s. for the country's strained relationship just a couple days after china's foreign minister warned the u.s. to stop boasting of its spearty. the pointed rhetoric comes as america's number two diplomat, wendy sherman, is in china for the two-day visit. let's go to christie lu stout in hong kong. one presumes they weren't expecting big things. what happened? >> reporter: yeah, expectations had not been high for this high level meeting that is still currently under way between the united states and china. ahead of the meeting u.s. officials said wendy sherman, she's the deputy assistant secretary for the united states, would be seeking guardrails to
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better manage competition with china but she's been getting an earful from chinese officials. in the days leading up to the meeting the minister of china has been running that no country is superior to others, and earlier today we've been hearing from his deputy who's been issuing a series of statements rebuking the united states including blaming the united states for the current, quote, stalemate in relations. let's bring up an example of one of these statements in which he says this, quote, the china-u.s. relationship is now in a stalemate and faces serious difficulties. fundamentally is because the u.s. portrays china as an imagined enemy. we urge the united states to change its mylhighly misguided mind-set and dangerous policy, end quote. after that first high level meeting between biden administration officials in china in march that erupted into that very public confrontation.
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since then there's been this sort of ongoing trading of diplomatic barbs between the u.s. and china as well as tit for tat sanctions, most recently sanctions placed and in response china on friday slapped sanctions on american officials including the u.s. commerce secretary, wilbur ross. it's in nice climate with relations so challenged and so fraught that's prompted a number of china watchers includy louie lamb to say the significant outcome of the meeting is not that high. take a listen. >> given the fact that both sides have so many things not in common including mutual imposition of sanctions, accusations of hacking, geopolitical contention in the south china sea, hong kong, it's
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not a meeting to resolve differences. >> reporter: if talks do go well, it could set the stage for a possible xi-biden summit that could take place in italy in october. >> christy lu stout with the latest on that. when we come back, the rescue crews are in a race against the clock to find survivors after heavy monsoon triggered rains and land slides. we're live in new delhi coming up. also the victim's florida's surfside condo collapse remembered at a memorial concert.
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a memorial in bal harbour in florida honoring the victims of the surfside condo collapse. it's now been a month since the
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shamplain towers south building came crashing down in the middle of the night killing at least 97 people. authorities believe there is still one victim of the clams y collapse yet to be found. cnn's boris sanchez was at the memorial and has a report from surfside. >> reporter: it was a solemn and somber evening near surfside, florida. on the water just a few blocks away from where shamplain towers south came crashing down one month ago. it was very emotional, and people in the crowd shed tears as the names of the 97 people who were confirmed dead in that tragedy were read aloud. there were songs and hymns and a symphony playing music for the crowd. it was an early step in the long process of closure. i got to speak to the mayor of surfside about that process. here's some of what he shared with me. >> we've got peoples lives in that debris. the things as small as diamond
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rings. i was talking to a family member who told me her daughter who was just married in january had two rings and described the rings in great detail. so all of these things have to be found. these people have no closure yet. this is long process. it's painful. they asked about the psychological support. we have psychological teams here. we're just getting started really. >> and there's no question this is going to be a long process of closure. there's still so many questions to answer for that investigators are working through right now. i do want to leave you with some of the lyrics from the final song that was sung here on sunday night both in hebrew and in english. surfside, of course, being home of a large jewish community. the song is called "heal us now." and some of the lyrics say, quote, we pray for healing of the soul, we pray to once again be whole. back to you.
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dramatic video from northern india showing the moment boulders began rolling down a mountain side, and this is during a deadly landslide. have a look for yourself. you can see the large rocks slamming into a bridge below. that bridge then collapses. officials say at least nine people were killed, two others injured after boulders hit the vehicle they were traveling in. at least one bystander was also hurt. and in western india at least 149 people have now died after monsoon rains triggered landslides and flooding there. bring us up-to-date on the rescue and recovery. >> reporter: michael, well, those efforts are still going on in many of the districts in india, the capital city remember is mumbai for our viewers. a lot of these districts are still inundated. there have been landslides through most of these districts.
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over 230,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas because the worry is the dams are overflowing, the water is being released so these are vulnerable spots from where these people are being pulled away. the indian army, the navy, the air force as well as the state disaster response teams are on the ground trying to help people. some people cannot even find their family members as of now. some of the state disaster response forces are now planning to pull out from some areas because they're saying that bodies are decaying, and they really can't find more of the missing. it's really important to note here that we've spoken with say this area is eke logically sensitive. india has seen two cyclones as well as a glacyr burst, and this is another sign of climate change according to environmentalists, and they're saying this should be not only a wakeup call for india but the
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officially the monsoon time here in india has seen 35% additional rainfall than usual. these are all warning signs environmentalists are warning up and hoping india takes these issues up very soon because climate change is not only something to do with india but the world currently, michael. with at least 86 large wildfires burning in the united states right now mostly in the west the dixie fire in northern california is the state's largest and it grew rapidly on saturday. so far scorching nearly 200,000 acres, almost 81,000 hectares. thousands of firefighters fighting it as we speak, and california neighbors facing their own infernoes. firefighters struggling to control it. hot, dry weather only making
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things worse. meteorologist pedram javaheri joins me now. pedram, any hope in sight? >> the long-range models do actually a change in the pattern here bringing monsoonal moisture from the southwest into this interior portion of the northwest. and that's excellent news because you notice upwards these 86 large active fires around the western u.s., this is scattered about 12 states, and the vast majority of them into that interior northwest region. we've talked about how the smoke has made its way into the upper atmosphere. the winds has brought some of that across portions of of the upper midwest, even on into the northeast. the condition, again, widespread when it comes to what's happening outwest and the impacts being felt across the eastern u.s. notice the excessive heat. it's once again back in action here, climbing up to the 90s in the next few days.
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that puts you well over 100 degrees. again, staying there for a couple days before it cools off. you noted the bootleg fire, 46% containment, third largest fire in state history for friends across oregon and not far south of there, we've got these active fires as well across the northern half of the state of california. southern air here shifts and brings moisture from the southwest into portions of of the north west. so we do expect a 40, maybe 50% chance of some showers. some could mix in with thunderstorms. but still the best bet we've seen in rainfall into portions of of western idaho. that's excellent news, but notice what's happening down acrausz the southwest. no excessive heat had been in place in recent weeks. well, we've flipped the switch and the monsoonal moisture in full effect here with that rainfall continuing. in fact, as much as 3 plus inches had come down in vale, arizona, that's about four months of rainfall for this
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region coming down on just friday alone. it kind of speaks to the amount of rain that has been in place. you'll notice the drought situation here has been certainly expansive, and that's improving with the rainfall in place. michael, the good news here is that moisture is going to shift towards the north and maybe give firefighters a little bit of an upperhand going into this weekend. >> i'm sure they'll gratefully accept it. and to learn more about the climate crisis go to cnn.com/climate for our full coverage. thanks for spending part of your day with me. i'm michael holmes. you can follow me on twitter and instagram @holmescnn. my colleague isa soares with more after the break. ♪ ♪
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