tv DW News Deutsche Welle July 17, 2021 8:00am-8:16am CEST
under the rebel and mine. also on the show security situation, dana, stan deterioration as taliban fighters capitalized on the last stages of us troop withdrawal. people caught up in the fighting are desperately looking for a way out. ah unexpired are welcome to the program. record breaking floods have killed at least 120 people in western europe. most of the desk are in germany or more than 100 people have been confirmed dead and more than a 1000 are still missing. president frank walter, sean minor, has promised support for victims, families, and to the damage towns. another mock of these devastating floods a landslide collapses houses into the mud evacuated. residents had already started
to return home. now many a few dead in other towns, the cleanup effort has already started invalid part time. residents peak through what's left of their home. they say they had almost no time to react before raging flood waters hit the town of miles. and all of a sudden the water breached the dam. all the houses here are the same height. so when the water came up from the salad lightning speed, we all jumped in our cars and drove up the mountain out of the park. this often babcock, a farm. we had to get ourselves to safety. ah, hundreds of thousands of houses without power of clean water. the internet is being cut and phone reception is down. fall into years have come from nearby areas, bringing whatever equipment they have to help clear roads and houses. yeah,
i've been here under come. when i arrived here, it was a disaster, or the entire road behind me was covered in branches and brick cars all mashed into one up to these heights. and you couldn't access the building left and right. and we didn't know what we'd find in the rubble. we were warned that we might come across bodies and that we should let the fire brigade and the police the police say, oh, many towns are still cut off. some major roads flooded or broken apart. germany's defense minister his cold for the army to make rescue f. it's a top priority. as late as share, the shock at the ferocity of the disaster. this is time to target. it is a tragedy that so many have lost their lives. it leaves me stunned. have a few dimensions on the land. many people in our country feel for those who are grieving for their loved one with is mercy. i'd like to express my sympathy to
those families. and in my thoughts with the authorities say overflowing dams could still be threatening more homes enforcing residents to stay away while the weather has cleared in some areas more rainfall is expected. and d to be reported julia sally is on the ground force in valid for sun. julia, can you tell us where you are in the town and what people are doing there? yes, i'm where the main square of the town used to be. you can see here behind me there's still a lot of debris and these are all mostly volunteers who are here with tractors and escalators trying to clear up the streets and the square. and i must say they have done quite me quite some progress compared to yesterday. they removed a lot of things. now in terms of the flooding here, the situation is quite stable. there is more
a question of cleaning up and trying to make the houses livable again, but the extent of the damage and the losses also in terms of human lives. they're really starting to emerge. the area of the i've, i will, we are, the police said that they are counting now at least 90 deaths in the expected death told to keep rising. and we're seeing real tragedies have occurred here in the town near by 12 people who were living in a facility for disabled people drowned in there because on the ground floor water suddenly came in and the facility managers were not able to save them. so it is a real, real tragedy really have occurred and further north from here. we've also heard that in the night a dam has broken to the situation is still evolving. in some parts of the region. there's a heart breaking stories you're sketching out for us. let's come back, it is damn break and i mean that, that can't be good for people down stream. can it?
yeah, we heard from report it was expected that some dams could break and late last night in the town east from from cologne for the north. from here, a damn did break. and the florida managed to evacuate of the town that was down stream, where they had to evacuate around 700 people. the water was flowing in and all stories were helping the residents tried to put sand back and try to limit the damage that the water was doing already to the, to the houses there. and i know things are still unfolding and it's not over yet, but it, what kind of help is coming people's way? yes. so all these trucks and escalators you see behind me, those are all volunteers. they are volunteer firefighters. they are farmers from the surrounding region who all came here and they really want to help the residents here because the situation is really dramatic. and we've also seen
a lot of donations coming in clothes, food so much so that the red cross in the area had to tell people to stop donating at the moment. because because they've received so much, the government has also promised tax breaks for people who live in be effected areas. and they've also promised financial help to the, to the people affected by the volunteers here have told me that they are not very satisfied with the response of the author already. they say there is no central coordination. they say that they are lacking assistance. also, for example, for basic basic things like gasoline to use for their tractors. so they would really wants to see the authority is more involved in the rescue operation here. ok, d. w reporter julia sally reporting for us on the ground invalid part time. thank you. and we turned to belgium,
where at least 20 people have and another 20 are missing in the flooding. the national day holiday that would normally be celebrated this week is being scaled back. instead, there will be an official day of morning with the rivers still menacing the residence of pippins to begin the long hard task of cleaning up the floods have wrecked home, destroyed cars and ruined lives. in this small belgian town, everyone, everyone is crying. everyone is only now seeing the real damage of them on that. most people have had no luck deductible that they're going to it's distressing. like you were all your life to build something and then even with the water levels receding. the danger remains during an interview with
the towns mayor and a tv cru captured the moment a house partially collapsed. that rex that is just a music eclipse with its residence still inside. the such scenes of devastation have unfolded across the country and are set to continue new deliver gale and the extension of the weather related disaster. a national state of emergency was triggered yesterday afternoon. let's see, just your situation is changing minute by minute. all right, and in many places it remains extremely critical. as the sift through the wreckage pincers, residents can only hope that the worst is behind them. time out to take a look at some of the other stories making news around the world. colombian authority say they now believe former haitian justice ministry official shows s.
joe may have ordered the assassination of hades president robert louise. this comes as the former haiti president john returned to the country after receiving medical treatment in cuba over the last 3 weeks. supporters and opponents of cuba government have clashed outside the countries. consulate in chillies capital santiago, more than $200.00 people gathered to protest supporters called for an end to the us embargo on the island nation. opponents of the government demanded a free cuba police say one person was arrested in barcelona in the surrounding northeast corner of spain, a public restrictions are being reintroduced. the slow, the spread of the delta of the corona virus. catalonia is imposing a nightly curfew in towns with more than 5000 people and high infection. africa and forces have clashed with taliban fighters in an operation to retake
a key border crossing with pakistan. the unrest, it's been bolduc follows weeks of growing violence. as the taliban filled the void left by us troops, the security situation is stretching. government forces to the limits, forcing many people to leave the country. desperate and looking for way out, a 100 gather at this close border crossing between afghanistan and pakistan with whatever they can carry. claire the hood, there's a war going on between the government and the taliban. on the other side, the border is closed. they have to stop fighting and let us go through. so we can go home. that's the best battles between afghan forces and tell a band fighters have escalated across the country in recent weeks. there really is challenges to cover this kind of story on friday award winning photo journalist danny should eke was killed. new spin bull dogs crossing. he was embedded with
special forces when the military attempted to regain control of the crossing. it's an economic lifeline for southern afghanistan, a crucial artery for exporting farm goods. controlling it would be an economic windfall for the taliban. insurgents, recent attack seem tactical, taking advantage of nato and us trip withdraw. us president joe biden had made it clear nation building was not part of the war on terror launch. 20 years ago. he says it's time to leave afghanistan future to its people. russia's foreign minister took a swipe it by calling the mission of failure because of some we faced the truth as president biden had confirmed americans left because they considered their mission accomplished. obviously he tried to present the situation in the best way possible, but everyone understands their mission failed. even as districts topple to the taliban, afghan leaders look with optimism towards piece talks and they say piece will only
come from negotiating table and not the battlefield. in for more in this i'm joined by journalist alley le tv in iraq, afghanistan alley, the government and troops. and the taliban have both declared victory in the fight at the spin ball back crossing. who's actually right here. in reality, could be that both. right? because what we've seen over the last few weeks is that, well, exactly what just happened is that the call on the claim to take over the place. and then not long after that. we'll take, we'll have re taken that place. and that's really been the pattern over the last few weeks. and is there a significant risk that the taliban will take back power after the american a nato troops leave the risk exist. but
you know, the question is, if they're not able to keep the districts, if they're not able to keep these checkpoints along the dram line, or these border crossings with it on or if they weren't even able to keep, you know, the capital of, by the 8th province, which is actually a small capital, it leads a lot to question whether or not they could take a major city like condo or have author, jewel about they haven't shown yet that they can really sustain their control over an area. okay, journalists, allie lativia in herat, afghanistan, thanks so much for that update. thank you. and we turn to sports now, and the organizers of the tokyo olympics have confirmed that a person has tested positive for cove at 19, at the athletes village. tokyo, 2020 c e. o 20 mucho confirmed that a visitor from abroad who is involved in organizing the games had tested positive
because he would not reveal that person's nationality. exciting privacy concerns. and here's a reminder, the top story we're following for you. record breaking floods have killed at least 120 people in western europe. most of the desk are in germany, or more than 100 people have been confirmed dead, and more than a 1000 are still missing near the western city of cologne. watching the news blood from berlin next visor, ah people in trucks injured one trying to see the city center more and more refugees are being turned away. the families to the correct trade. the people seeing extreme around