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welcome to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada and around the world. i'm kind brunhuber. we're tracking two big stories. the first, hurricane ida, the storm is hurdling toward the u.s. gulf coast and it is expected to gain more strength in the hours ahead. the second, a new warning about a possible terror attack at the kabul airport.
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it could make the final days of evacuations even more complicated. focusing first on hurricane ida, it had been forecast to strengthen rapidly and over the past few hours, and it has done just that. just a little while ago the national hurricane center up graded the potentially catastrophic storm to category 4. it is forecast to slam the louisiana coast today hitting the state on the exact same date as hurricane katrina 16 years ago. the national weather service office in new orleans says storm surge and high winds could leave some locations uninhabitable for even weeks or months. both voluntary and mandatory evacuations have been ordered for several louisiana parishes as the national hurricane center warns of life threatening situations. officials say if residents are planning to leave, do it now. louisiana's governor is stressing the dangerous and historic nature of today's threat. >> when you talk about rain
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totals that could be up to 15, 16 inches in an isolated area above 20 inches, with that kind of wind, this is a very serious storm. it will be one of the strongest storms to hit louisiana since the 1850s and ironically it is scheduled to make landfall on the 16th anniversary of hurricane katrina. >> tyler mauldin is tracking the hurricane for us. if there is any hope that it would weaken, those hopes were dashed when it in fact strengthened. it looks to be a mondster storm. >> we've seen the winds increase and we have a category 4 hurricane, it is moving to the northwest at 15 miles per hour and it is only about 100 to 150 miles offshore of southeast louisiana. i want you to notice this, the recent satellite images make
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this look like a textbook major hurricane. you've got the really strong thunderstorms wrapping around the center, fully around the center, and you have this eye right here, notice how the eye is wobbling. sometimes these really powerful hurricanes, these major hurricanes, can go through what we call an eyewall replacement cycle. basically what happens is they start spinning so fast, that they can't control themselves and they collapse and then they build back up and they restrengthen. it is kind of like a pottery wheel where when you start spinning the pottery wheel a little too fast and it would bes and collapse and you have to slow it down. the same concept. the reason why i bring it up, sometimes when they go through an eyewall replacement cycle, that's can reemerge a little farther to the east or a little farther to the west. so if this track were to change a little bit, it would probably be because of the eyewall replacement cycle which are really hard to forecast. you can see that the eye is clearly getting more powerful as
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it approaches the southeastern coast. we already have these outer bands moving in to st. bernard parish. these storms are packing winds up to 50 miles per hour and this is a foreshadow of things to come. the conditions are just going to go downhill as we go through the coming hours. it is still expected to make landfall somewhere around grand isle to houma as a category 4 hurricane, gusts of winds as high as 150. and remember the eyewall replacement cycle could shift the center. so if it tracks a little to the east, because of the eyewall replacement cycle, it could go closer to new orleans. a little farther to the west, it goes closer to oregon city. regardless, we'll see major impacts especially on the east side of the system. that is where you see the worst impacts in the northeast
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quadrant, that is where you get the strongest winds, highest surge and biggest tornado potential. this is what the radar will look like later this afternoon going into this evening as it comes ashore. notice the thunderstorms piling up across southeastern louisiana, moving up into mississippi and alabama. on this side as it approaches, the winds will cause the water to pile up and we could see catastrophic storm surge up to 15 feet near the mouth of the mississippi. in terms of the rainfall, when it makes landfall, it will slow down and really rain itself out. where that center goes, we'll see rainfall get up to about a foot in some areas up to 20 and a wide swathe of 4 to 6 inches on into the lower mississippi valley and the tennessee valley and in addition, kim, yeah, we'll see tornadoes there on the east side of the system. >> i guess the only hope now is that it passes through quickly. tyler mauldin, thank you so much. we'll check back in with you
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later on. we want to show you incredible video of the storm. this is a hurricane hunter 1250e8 team that flew into it on saturday. they are gathering data that helps forecasters know what is going on with the storm in real time. the plane is named miss piggy by the way. people in the u.s. gulf coast states have been busy preparing for the storm. from florida to louisiana, they are no strangers to hurricanes and residents are making sure they are ready for when ida makes her presence known. michael holmes has that. >> reporter: filling up and getting out. many people in new orleans are leaving town. >> with katrina, hey, i had to stand in the water and slept on the bridge. not doing that again. >> reporter: the lines show just how many people aren't taking their chances with the storm named ida. many residents have been through
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major hurricanes before, but officials say this one could be a monster. there are warnings this new orleans and the surrounding coastal regions to evacuate if at all possible by morning. one man says his neighborhood on a barrier island is emptying out. >> everybody packing up, getting out. i hear only going to be about a dozen people probably try to ride it out, but you know it's going to flood. >> reporter: louisiana has taken the punches of many of these walloping storms before. it is still recovering from hurricane laura and hurricane zeta which made landfall in the state last year causing nearly $20 billion in damage. and 16 years ago on this very day, hurricane katrina unleashed its fury on new orleans and other gulf coast cities, more than 1800 people were killed in the storm and its harrowing after math. the city taking early action based on mistakes made during that disaster. it spent billions of dollars
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reconstructs its levy system. joe biden approved emergency declaration to free up assistance. fema is moving trucks and generators to the area and more than 200 national guard members are already on the ground in new orleans. rescue teams from across the southeast also gearing up to help. some getting coronavirus tests before they deploy. officials and experts say the pandemic will make emergency responses more difficult, and with low vaccination rates in places in the storm's path, ida could bring a surge not only of floodwaters but of more covid-19 cases. michael holmes, cnn. earlier cnn spoke to a new orleans council member about how covid and the hurricane ida are stretching resources in his city beyond capacity. here it is. >> i talked to the health department earlier today and while there were some beds that were available, by the morning
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there is pretty much going to be a full lockdown at least in new orleans parish of all the hospitals. so it is critical to make sure that you've made your plans, that you are ready to be safe, and that obviously covid is another factor. we have a pandemic happening right now and you have this act of god that is coming simultaneously. two big issues hitting us both at the same time. >> ida will hit the louisiana coast on the 16th anniversary of hurricane katrina's landfall. and ida is barreling toward a section of the state that hasn't fully recovered from two hurricanes last year. jason carroll has the latest from houma. >> reporter: it looks more like a ghost town, boarded up buildings, sand bags in front of buildings as well. houma could end up being ground zero for hurricane sida. houma is under mandatory
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evacuation order. the sheriff basically saying that he estimates anywhere between 60% to 80% of residents have left town. the state's governor saying if anyone wants to leave town, time is running out. but given all of that, there are still some folks that we found out here mostly long time residents who say that they plan to stay put. so you are not going to evacuate, do you have any concerns about staying? >> it isn't the wind damage. i'm worried about what we'll come home to. don't want to go down that way. because if they have any bad damage here, we have nothing. >> reporter: is there anything that anyone can say to convince you to evacuate? >> drive me out, but i ain't getting on the interstate. i'm scared. >> reporter: meteorologists predicting that this will be a severe wind event, it will likely be a severe flooding event, but despite all of that,
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not only the woman that you just heard from there planning to stay put, but two people who live right here on this very street say they plan on doing the same. jason carroll, cnn, houma, louisiana. and time is running out for those hoping to leave louisiana by plane. at new orleans louie armstrong international airport, all flights have been canceled for sunday. our affiliate spoke to a young couple visiting new orleans who said they are stranded and looking for bus routes out of the city. t baton rouge airport still have some flights, but after 10:00 a.m., all local flights are canceled. passengers are advised to contact their airline for the latest flight information. mandy landry is a member of the louisiana state house of representatives, and she gijoin us from new orleans. thank you to making the time in what must be a very busy time for you. landfall probably just less than
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12 hours away from now. what worries you most right now, the wind or the water? >> reporter: you know, living in new orleans, water is something that always concerns us. we're below sea level, we're surrounded by water here, we all, you know, the entire city, the entire state is having memories of katrina right now. so it is certainly the water. but we've all done what we could to take in all our furniture, move all of our cars and do everything we can to protect ourselves from the wind as well. >> yeah, we're seeing some visuals of people sandbagging and so on. what preparations have you made to weather this? >> sure, so friday myself and my colleagues and city council in new orleans gave out sandbags to residents who think that that might help them. we do encourage so many people to leave town if they can, but
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for those of us who are elected, we need to be here for dealing with the after math when it happens. and, you know, we have a lot of elderly people in new orleans and also people who cannot afford to leave town. so we have to be here for when they needed it and we also need to be here to make sure that when our first responders come in, there are people ready to greet them. >> from covering these i know how many folks sometimes ignore those evacuations, you know, they saw listen, i've been through it all, i'll ride it out. do you get the sense that people are taking it seriously? i'm wondering if they were on the fence if they haven't left by now, is it too late? >> you know, there is always going to be a little bit of that of course. i think my grandparents were like that. but people especially those who have been through katrina know to leave. the issue is a lot of people can't leave. you know, right now in the
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country, we're still dealing with the fallout of the pandemic and there is just a lot of people who just cannot afford to leave the city. we also -- i don't know if you saw this, but it was a little too late do a mandatory evacuation because the storm is moving so fast. and that is just something that we can't control. how fast things will happen. so i think that everyone who could do leave. and the people remaining are simply those who could not afford to. >> you've mentioned katrina a couple times and we all understand why of course, this is happening on the anniversary of katrina. emotionally to go through this again, how hard is that with all of those memories still fresh even though it was, what, 16 years ago. >> it was, but to many people, myself included, every time august comes, we get that nervous feeling again.
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you know, katrina was not really -- it was not a hurricane that hit the city, it was the levees that broke. a lot of people don't realize that. it was more of a manmade disaster. so we see the storm coming and we're concerned are our new levees going to work, did we prepare enough, is this going to protect us this time. and it is something that like you can't ever really prepare for, but we have a lot of small children -- excuse me, not small children, they were small children, we call them katrina babies, and you know, they lived their whole life here in the city with that trauma behind them. so it is something that we all think about and as soon as august 1 hits, we really feel it. >> are you confident that the changes that have been made since then will hold? >> i have to be, right?
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we had a lot of time and money put into it. i mean, we're the united states of america. we have the best science and technology available to us. so i think it will. but it is weather. you can't predict what is going to happen. part of the reason that we still have people in town, it was just a tropical storm a couple days ago and it snuck up on us. it snuck up on me as well because it was moving so fast. there is just a certain level of weather that we can't predict and that we can't prepare for, but i think that we do feel a lot better than we did prior to katrina. >> we wish you all the best as you try to weather this as best you can. you and all of the folks out there. mandy landry, thank you so much for joining us. really appreciate it. >> appreciate it, thank you very much. all right. ahead on cnn, much more on
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hurricane ida as it barrels toward the u.s. gulf coast. we'll take a closer look at where the storm is expected to make landfall and other areas that will feel its wrath. plus warnings about a new threat around the kabul airport in afghanistan. we'll hear why the u.s. embassy is telling americans to leave the area. touch after touch bacteria in your home never stops . that's why microban 24 doesn't just sanitize and stop. microban 24 keeps killing bacteria for 24 hours. spray on hard surfaces to kill 99% of viruses and bacteria initially, including the covid-19 virus. once dry microban forms a shield that keeps killing bacteria for 24 hours ... ...touch after touch. microban 24. touch after touch, it doesn't give up.
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you're getting a live look at the kabul airport in afghanistan where time is running out for the u.s. military as it races to evacuate americans and their allies. a deadly bombing on thursday claimed the lives of close 200 people including 13 u.s. troops and the deadline for american forces to leave is fast approaching. on tuesday. warnings of a new attack could be making evacuations even more complicated. the u.s. embassy is urging americans to leave the area arn t around the airport and joe biden warned that another attack was highly likely. this is as the u.s. hits back against the militants that it says were responsible for the blast. pentagon reports two high
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profile isis-k militants were killed apone wo one and one wou an air strike. president biden is vowing this strike against isis-k won't be the last. cnn international security editor nick paton walsh is joining me from doha. and white house reporter jasmine wright is in washington. nick, let's start with you and those warnings that another attack is likely in the next 24 to 36 hours. what is the latest? >> reporter: there is a persist pent drumbeat of what they call a threat stream. obviously tragically realized with the death toll we saw on thursday. but president biden clear to repeat the warnings he says he's received from his commanders that that threat could potentially occur in the next 24 to 36 hours. he made that warning yesterday. now this of course is going to inform the pace and nature of the evacuation operation that we see that is rapidly turning it seems into a withdrawal operation.
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the pentagon announced yesterday that they have begun what they call the retrograde which is pentagon speak for withdrawing troops from the airport. they said that they were putting equipment on to planes, it will be i think hard to have clarity of precisely when the numbers dwindle and what number we have by tomorrow which is the last day essentially where the agreement with the taliban permits them to remain on the airport. one number we did get though was that the u.s. has evacuated 1400 people in the last 12 hour period. that is a massive reduction from the figures we were seeing of 20,000 a day over the past week or so. also another 600 evacuated by u.s. allies, that 1400 is a similar figure to the 1400 that we were told were actually on the base at the last pentagon briefing. so it is clear the evacuation operation is significantly reduced, they have always said that they will evacuate until the very end, but it is also clear that they are now
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beginning withdraw of the troops under the heightened security threat. >> and we're learning more about that retaliatory u.s. strike against isis-k. what more can you tell us about that? >> reporter: barbara starr my colleague was reporting that actually these two individuals who were killed were not necessarily considered to be particularly senior but the pentagon repeatedly saying that they were a planner and facilitator and another person wounded as well. images show i think what is fair to say a relatively targeted strike. the pentagon were clear that they have no reports of civilian casualties at all. it will be interesting to learn in the days ahead quite how this facilitator and planner may have related to any fourth coming threat against the u.s. it is clear it seems that they were not directly related to the attack in question that happened on thursday as far as i recall from the pentagon's briefing. they are not being specific but
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i think the concern is that they might be linked to future attacks against the airport. so we'll see the u.s. i think continually taking out targets that they consider to be isis-k-related in the weeks ahead i would imagine. they have done that in the past as well, but i anticipate because of the tragic awful lot of life related to that explosion at abbey gate on thursday that we'll see the tempo of the strikes increasing. >> interesting. all right, thanks so much, nick paton walsh. and jasmine wright is in washington with the latest on the white house response. jasmine, let's pick up on what we just heard from nick. president biden vowing friday's air strike won't be the last. obviously they won't telegraph when the next one might be. but what more can you tell us about his threats of retaliation? >> reporter: it is a two part strategy. president biden is attempting to message that the u.s. will defend itself and its troops on the ground in afghanistan but also it is part of a prevention strategy trying to disrupt and prevent any potential attacks on
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troops as they head towards this august 31 deadline. and we know that that mission is difficult given the nature of suicide bombing attacks. and the president warning of another highly likely attack on the kabul airport in the next 24 to 36 hours makes the circumstances even more dire. so today pentagon spokesman john kirby wouldn't detail any specifics of what we can expect from that threat of more strikes, but he did say that the u.s. will leverage their ability to do over the horizon strikes. and that term is something that we've heard from president biden over the course of the last few months as he repeatedly defended his decision to withdraw from afghanistan saying he felt comfortable to do so because of the u.s.'s ability to do the over the horizon drone attacks, really trying to keep their thumb on any threats in afghanistan that would threaten the homeland of the u.s. so the question really now going
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forth is how successful were these strikes in preventing anything going forward. now, today john kirby pentagon spokesperson, he said that, and i'll quote it for you, that this will have some impact on their ability going forward but we aren't thinking for a minute that what happened yesterday gets us in the clear. not a minute. so there is no doubt that this tool, the over the horizon capability, is something that the president and the administration will lean on not only in these two days as this becomes the most dangerous part of the evacuation mission as troops begin to drawdown, but that they will use it past their august 31 deadline as they try to keep a handle on any threats inside of afghanistan. >> all right. thank you so much, cnn white house reporter jasmine wright in washington. coming up on "cnn newsroom," the fall out in afghanistan creates a desperate situation for afghan children.
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you are looking at footage from new orleans saturday as people evacuated ahead of what forecasters call a life-threatening storm. traffic backed up as residents fled inland. states are bracing themselves for hurricane ida. the catastrophic storm is closing in on the gulf coast. the national hurricane center recently upgraded ida to a
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category 4 storm, it is forecast to pummel the louisiana coast sunday, the same date hurricane katrina hit the state 16 years ago. power outages are a major concern. fema says that it is moving supply trucks and generators into louisiana ahead of ida's landfall. there are 10,000 linemen in the state already and another 20,000 on standby. and making matters worse, many hospitals in the area are already maxed out due to covid-19. health officials are asking residents to not go to the hospital unless it is dire emergency. let's check back in with tyler mauldin. what is the latest? >> preparations should be complete by now, kim. hurricane ida is maybe 10 hours away from making landfall. it is now a category 4 hurricane, max winds of 130 miles per hour, gusts higher than that, probably reaching about 150 at this point. and it is moving to the northwest at 15. we have seen this system rapidly
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intensify for a system, a hurricane, to be considered a rapidly intensifying hurricane, the winds have to increase by 35 miles per hour within 24 hours. and ida has intensified by 50 miles per hour in less than 24 hours. you can see the eyewall here clearly approaching the coast of louisiana. we have outer bands already beginning to push into some of the parishes down here in southeastern louisiana. new orleans, you are about to see a nice thunderstorm push through. houma, you are about to see rain push into your area. and as we go through time, we see this make landfall about 2:00 in the afternoon in new orleans, somewhere around houma to grand isle. it then pushes to the north basically goes right over the city of baton rouge. it throws showers and thunderstorms aplenty to the east, all the way up into mississippi, alabama and eventually on into the tennessee valley as well. we are going to see a lot in the
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way of storm surge, flooding, and severe weather. it makes landfall this afternoon as a category 4 hurricane and then quickly loses its intensity as it comes ashore and pushes inland, it goes over the ohio river valley and eventually on in to the mid-atlantic once we get to mid week. in terms of the threats for the coast of louisiana and those in the immediate -- those affected immediately, i would say the heavy rain and flooding will be the number one threat. then you have the storm surge, the catastrophic winds and then the tornadoes. in terms of the storm surge, i think that it could get up to about 15 feet along the coastline of louisiana. and then you factor in the flooding and those winds, we're going to see wide presented power outages in this area. >> tyler, thank you so much. and even as hurricane ida barrels toward the gulf coast of louisiana, it was already dealing with skyrocketing covid
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cases. on saturday the governor explained to cnn the strain the storm could put on health care resources. >> we had four hurricanes last year during covid, but we had a small fraction of the number of people in our hospitals that we currently have. we have more people in the hospital today, 2450 with covid, than we had at any point before this current surge. and when hurricane laura hit last year, we only had about # 00 i 300 in the hospitals. so evacuating hospitals is not going to be possible because there is no excess capacity anywhere else in the state or outside the state. and so we're really worried about prolonged power outages. >> so as you heard from the governor there, louisiana hospitals are packed with covid patients. cnn spoke with director of the new orleans health department and asked what they are doing to prepare for two sigh mull taken yus crises. >> our hospitals prepare for this every year.
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last year we were in the cone of uncertainty for hurricanes eight times. so even then during the pandemic we had a lot of practice sort of understanding what we needed to do. and they are doing the same, they are making sure they have appropriate staffing, discharging anyone that can be discharged and urging our residents if you do not have an emergency and you do not need hospital care, this is not the time to come to the hospital. coming up on "cnn newsroom," a new report details the growing number of afghan children now at risk of being displaced. up next, we'll talk to the head of a group dedicated to helping them. surfacesng kills more germs on e than lysol spray. it's a simple fact: it even kills the covid-19 virus. science supports these simple facts. there's only one true lysol. lysol. what it takes to protect.
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advaevacuees undergo screening vetting before and after arriving in the u.s. the long journey to resettlement takes many of them through countries allied with the u.s. meanwhile some families are still waiting to be reunited amid the chaos of the evacuations from kabul. jessica van dorren is joining me from paris. you've looked at one family touched by this. take us through their story. >> yes, exactly, the big question now is what happens to those who have been left behind. as the evacuation efforts draw to a close, uk, france, italy, germany, they have all finished their evacuation flights. so now we're speaking to those who have been left behind, whose hopes have been dashed of ever being airlifted out and people around the world who have those loved ones who are now stranded. i spoke to a french woman who has been married to an afghan for 20 years, they have been
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living here in france for 20 years. and despite having a french residency permit and being on the french ministry passenger list for evacuation flights, he never made it past the airport gates. on the very day that he was meant to leave, that he was in french care, that suicide attack happened which prevented him from leaving. i spoke to his wife, take a listen to what she had to say. >> my husband is completely lost, he is stressed. he's scared. he doesn't know which way he can come back to france.
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>> and she said she feels abandoned, that the french government has abandoned her huf husband and that she is terrified that he will take the road, she doesn't know what will happen if the taliban find him, she fears of course that he will have his french identity card with him and that they would surely kill him if they found him. so she is incredibly worried. and president macron was speaking today and he was saying that tomorrow with britain he would put forward a resolution in order to have, you know -- to keep a safe zone thiin kabul fo
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people desperate to leave but we don't know what that safe zone will look like. >> okay. thank you so much. children from afghanistan are among millions that face uncertain futures. as migrants or refugees. in a new report from the united nations children's fund, afghanistan tops the list of countries of origin for migrant or refugee children. last year more than 35 million children lived outside their country of birth. and that number could grow significantly this year. hassan is the regional director for asia save the children and he is joining me from singapore. thanks so much for being with us. as always in times of done flikt conflict it is the children who pay the heaviest price. skyrocketing food prices, covid, give us a sense of what the conditions are like for many afghan kids right now on the grounds. >> good morning, kim. i think that we have to
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understand what was the situation even before this crisis started. we had 11 million people including more than 6 million children who didn't have enough food for the day. we had 2 million children who were completely dependent on nutrition services for their survival. and this situation has risen because of the long drought, covid and economic recession in afghanistan. and with the current situation, there is so much uncertainty about what the future holds, the situation and the plight of children will get quite worse. so we know at the moment there is a lot of people displaced, in last two months more than 500,000 people displaced, which includes more than 50% children. and they are the ones who will take the heaviest price of this crisis. >> many aid agencies that were
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this afghanistan are leaving or have already left. i understand save the children is staying. how are you planning to operate given the security situation, given that the taliban have often targeted foreign aid workers? >> we have been working in afghanistan since 1976 and we never left. and so looking at the situation and humanity, yes, they are going to stay and we will deliver. it is important to know that even in taliban-controlled areas, we were working past seven years. and we had recently got access. however that was a different situation. now they are the regime and therefore we are looking into what would be the modalities to operate in afghanistan. [ inaudible ].
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>> i think we might have lost our guest there. we'll have to say good-bye to hassan who was in singapore from save the children. thank you to him. communities across the u.s. come to grips with the deaths of service members in kabul. next, family members share their memories and pain after their loved ones died in the line of duty. new zzzquil ultra helps you sleep better and longer when you need it most. it's non habit forming and powered by the makers of nyquil. new zzzquil ultra. when you really really need to sleep.
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this is a live look at the kabul airport in afghanistan. the u.s.-led evacuation mission is in its final phase with the deadline to leave fast approaching. the pentagon says it still controls the airport and that will be crucial for evacuating the remaining foreign nationals and afghans fleeing taliban rule. the u.s. has released the names of its military members killed in thursday's attack at the kabul airport. for their nation they were men and women this uniform. but for people who knew them, they were sons, daughters, brothers and friends.
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as natasha chen reports, they were also a cross section of the country they died fighting for. >> reporter: they were young. they were passionate. they believed in their mission. >> ladies and gentlemen, as we all know, the freedom we enjoy as americans isn't free. >> reporter: across the u.s., the families and hometown community of these 13 service members are grappling with loss after a suicide bomb attack killed them and more than 170 others outside kabul's international airport on thursday. a moment of slins wilence was hr jared schmitz. and a gathering of friends remembered 23-year-old deegan page. his family said that he was a long time boy scout, loved hunting and the outdoors. >> he was kind. he was one of the nicest persons
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i've ever met. i mean, he was there for you when you needed it. he was there for you when you didn't want it. but he was the definition of the best friend i've ever had. >> reporter: the father of 31-year-old taylor hoover of salt lake city said his son was called to action by a defining moment of his generation. >> he was 11 years old at 9/11. at that time he decided that that is what i want to do. best kid in the world. couldn't ask for any better. loved his family, his sisters absolutely adore him. >> reporter: and the sister of riley mccollum says he was on his first deployment and was expecting a baby due in three weeks. and another marine of sacramento, california had posted a week ago on instagram a photo of her holding an afghan infant writing ze i love my job.
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and a friend posted a tribute on social media saying she cared about people, she loved fersly, she was a light in this dark world. she was one of two u.s. service members among those killed. the other was 25-year-old marine sergeant johanny rosario from lawrence, massachusetts. >> in a conversation with her mother yesterday, she spoke of her daughter as a vibrant young person who wanted to give back to the community. and as a result of that, it is her mother's desire that johanny will be brought back to the city of florence as the hero she is. >> reporter: in addition to the 11 marines killed, one army staff sergeant 23-year-old ryan knauss and one navy hospital man 22-year-old maxton soviak were also killed. 9 last time soviak spoke to his mother, she told him to be safe. his last words to her over face time were don't worry, mom, my guys got me, they won't let anything happen to me.
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his mother said she realized they all just went together. and the tribute given about nicole gee also talked about the fact that some of the younger generation may have only served on peaceful missions. they had heard war stories but may have felt removed from the combat experience. that is until thursday. that post talked about how the explosion made the realities of america's longest war extremely personal for them. back to you. and we're turning to our top story, hurricane ida. about two hours ago the national hurricane center upgraded the potentially catastrophic storm to category 4. it is forecast to slam the louisiana coast today on the same day as hurricane katrina 16 years ago. derek van dam filed this report from houma, louisiana as residents prepared. >> reporter: last minute
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preparations taking place in the parish where i'm standing over 100,000 residents call this particular parish home. you can see the individuals from the tarabone parish dumping fresh sand within this area, men, women and children coming to fill as many sandbags as they possibly can to help protect property and lives and of course their businesses. this is a particularly vulnerable part of southern louisiana. where i'm standing now, only 10 feet above sea level with a storm surge projection of 10 to 15 feet within this particular parish, that makes this area under threat. flash flooding a major concern as well with the potential for several inches of rain, but it is really the storm surge and high wind threat because we are literally in the bull's-eye of the projected path from the national hurricane center as what will be a major hurricane upon landfall. look at this individual working through the heat and through the humidity to do their best to protect again their homes and properties. this is a state that has been
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hit hard by covid with low vaccination rates and very high hospitalization rates as well. there is what is called the moraganza levee system meant to protect this parish with a 1 in 100 year storm surge event. of course we have a category 4 forecast at landfall, that particular levee system and flood protection system is set to withstand a category 3 hurricane. so we'll be testing the limits of this particular flood management system. i'm cnn meteorologist derek van dam in tarabone parish, back to you. >> and that wraps this hour. i'm kim brunhuber. "new day" is next with the latest advisory on hurricane ida. please do stay with us.
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good morning. welcome so much to you on "new day". we're glad to have you here. there are two big stories we're following this morning. breaking news moments ago. hurricane "ida" strengthens into a category 4 hurricane. it's taking direct aim at louisiana. in the latest advisory, the major weather service is warning of life threatening storm surge and catastrophic damage. also, developing this morning, the u.s. embassy in kabul warning of a, quote, "specific credible

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