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and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". ♪ >> this is bbc news. the worst flood in europe for decades kill more than 120 people. emergency services in western germany, belgium, and the netherlands search for hundreds of people still missing, trying to rescue those strengthened by floodwaters. th three days to go until most covid restrictions are lifted in england, the u.k. records 50,000 new cases in a single day, the highest since january. south africa's president has just addressed the nation after days of riding and looting. he says efforts to overthrow democracy have failed. >> using the pretext of political grievance, those behind these acts have sought to
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promote a popular insurrection amongst our people. ♪ >> and a decade after the death of amy winehouse, her parents tell her story in a new documentary. ♪ >> welcome if you are watching on pbs in the united states, or around the world. more than 120 people have been confirmed dead after parts of northern europe were devastated by some of the worst flooding in decades. hundreds more are injured and others unaccounted for. the work of the emergency services it being severely hampered by difficult conditions. the german president has called for a more determined battle against climate change. the german states were worst
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hit. over 100 people have died there. in belgium, at least 20 people have been killed. july 20 has been declared a national day of mourning. the netherlands is also badly affected. the power of the water has been immense. here you can see a village, what it looked like before it was hit by floodwater, and here its afterward. water gushed to the town, causing a huge landslide in surrounding fields. our correspondent sent us this report. >> this country is reeling from the enormity of its loss. the grounds here fell away under the weight of water. houses collapsed in the night. dramatic rescues. this morning, people trapped in their homes were calling for help but in many cases, rescue
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was impossible. those who did make it out came to shelters like this. we met johannes here. he and his wife were brought to safety last night, arriving barefoot and soaking wet. what were you thinking? >> i had to leave myat behind, he says. >> johannes has been here for 70 years, there have been floods, but t like this. >> you can run from fire but not from water. >> tens of thousands still don't have power, and they are on alert. water levels have dropped in some areas. you can see how powerful the water is still here. what is worrying people in this area is, upstream there is a dam. experts say it is unstable, they are inspecting it. people here think if the dam breaks, water is heading in this direction.
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with every hour, news of more deaths. people are still missing. with mobile networks down, it is hard to know how many made it to safety. they are desperate for help here. how even begin clearing up. we met the owners, still visibly in shock. >> indescribable. we have been here since 1979, we have never seen anything like this. if we don't get any help, we will have to go on benefits, bankrupt. >> germany, a country famed for its strength, its security feels vulnerable now. ros: anoer germantown severely hit by flooding is outside bonn. >> here in the center of this village, you can see the extent and impact of the destruction. usually the two sides of this village are connected by an old
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very solid stone bridge. that bridge has been completely swept away and now it's impossible to go from one side of the village to the other. local people are having to shout across to see if everyone is ok. you cannot phone or send emails because telecommunications are down. it is a really difficult situation for people here on the side of the village. people are clearing up and the mode is being swept away and the slime is being pulled out of peopl's houses. on that side, the situation is even worse. it is not a question of clearin up but rebuilding the destruction. >> so why is this happening now? some politicians in germany say the extreme weather is a result of global warming. they are calling for stronger climate protection measures to be accelerated. our chief environmental correspondent discusses the role of climate change and the record amounts of rainfaldevastating
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parts of europe. >> the floods in germany are not the only extreme weather event we have seen the summer. there was the dramatic heat wa in canada and western united states last month, and russia, mexico, and new zealand have been experiencing unusually high temperatures. the climate science is clear on this. it's been predicting not just for years but decades that if we continue to pump huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, we will experience increasingly high temperatures. and because more mayor hold more moisture, that means heavier rainfall, and therefore, floods. >> you only have to look at the pictures of these devastating floods to know that we have to do better. it is not ok for this number of people to die in 2021 from floods. >> the next obvious question is is the world doing enough to tackle climate change? again the answer is clear, it is not.
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the you and says we need to reduce carbon emissions by 7% every year for the next decade if we are going to stand a reasonable chance of staying within what is reckoned to be the safe limit, 1.5 degrees centigrade. we achieved that last year but in the teeth of the pandemic. the only good outcome from the recent extreme weather events is that it encourages the world to raise its carbon cutting game when it meets at the summit in glascow inovember. >> let's bring you some breaking news. within the past few minutes, the south african president cyril raphosa has been addressing the nation on television. it comes in the wake of widespread violence following the imprisonment of his predecessor jacob zuma, on charges of contempt of court. so far more than 200 people have been killed in rioting and looting.
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in a national address, president ramaphosa described the violence as an attack on democracy but failed. >> it is clear now that the events of the past week were nothing less than a deliberate, coordinated, and a well-planned attack on our democracy. the constitutional order of our country is under threat. the current instability, ongoing incitement to violence constitutes a direct contravention of the constitution of our country and the rule of law. these actions are intended to cripple the economy of our country, to cause social instability, and severely weaken or even dislge the democratic
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state. using the pretext of a political grievance, those behind these acts have sought to provoke a popular insurrection amongst our people. they have sought to exploit the social and economic conditions under which many south africans live, conditions of poverty, of inequality and unemployment, that have worsened since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, and to provoke ordinary citizens and criminal networks to engage in opportunistic acts of wonton rioting and looting. >> let's get back to our top story and the flooding in germany. thousands have been forced to
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fleeheir homes. he fled with his family as water rose around him, and a number of his neighbors are still missing. thank you for taking the time to speak with us. it must be a very worrying and frightening time. can you tell us what led to that moment when you knew you would have to leave your home? >> hello. yes, there were some terrible scenes yesterday. evacuations started yesterday morning, about 200 meters down from our side. the waters were rising. the flooding had started already. it was coming to our side, so our basement was one meter underwater already. actually, the military was there because they had no backup, the
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fire brigades, so they had to call the military. they told us we had to go to a meeting point where we would be collected in some time. i have kids, my wife was at work. that morning, there was no flooding in our streets, so that was the point that we decided to go away. >> you and your children left your home, but what about your neighbors? what do you know of them? >> as i said earlier, about 200 meters down from our home -- our home is on a higher latitude. farther down, there were some catastrophic scenes. many elderly people were still staying at their homes even they were told to leave, evacuate. many stayed there.
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about 6:00 p.m. yesterday, most of those homes were fully flooded or first floor. many are still missing. there were military helicters, fire brigades taking people from their houses. i think there are still hundreds of them missing. a sister who is always in contact with me, she was saying her husband was saying he could not contact her. the phone networks were down, no electricity since yesterday. >> very briefly, what do you know of your home? is it all right, have you been able to go back? >> we have not been able to go back because we are not allowed. i think the basement is already underwater.
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i hope that it has not risen more in our house. the neighborhood, from the information i got, from what we w, videos from friends in the neighborhood, it was mostly flooded. a very historic building -- >> thank you for taking the time to speak with us. i'm afraid we will have to leave it there. speaking to us from erfstadt, germany. stay with us. still to come, fresh reports of ethnic cleansing in northern ethiopia as ground forces extend their control of the region. >> after months of talks and missed deadlines, and deal has been struck to keep greece within the eurozone. the immediate prospect of grease bust in the worst crisis in the
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eurozone has been averted. >> emergency efforts are stepping up to contain the worst floods in a century. >> broadway is traditionally called the great white way by americans but tonight is completely blacked out. it's a reminder to all americans of the problems the energy crisis has brought to them. leaders meeting in paris on a summit for plution and inflation. >> wildlife officials in australia have been coping with a penguin problem. penguins have been staggering ashore and collapsing after gorging themselves on their favorite food. some eat so much they can barely stand. >> this is bbc news, the latest headlines.
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at least 120 people have been killed, hundreds are unaccounted for in europe's worst floods in decades. south africa's president has just addressedation after days of rioting and looting. he says first tooth overthrow democracy have failed. the u.k. has recorded more than 50,000 coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time since mid-january. in the past 24 hours, there were a further 51,870 confirmed cases of the virus in the u.k. and another 49 people died within 28 days of testing positive for covid, bringing the u.k. death toll to 128,642. earlier this afternoon, official gures suggested one in 100 people in the u.k. had the coronavirus last week. growing numbers of workers have been told to self-isolate after being pinged by an app used by
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the health service to track their movement. >> the pressure on business is unrelenting. >> in the last week, we had our head of production. then the guy below him, the manufacturing director got pinged. then the distribution manager. >> this brewery should have been welcoming 100 business customers to the opening of a new on-site bar, but when nonmembers self-isolating, the event is off and the bar will remain closed. >> the numbers are going down, we have a deadline, everything will be fine, and now you are thrust straight back into it. the fear of pinging, getting coronavirus, having people on-site. all of that makes our industry very nervous, but they were all desperate to open because it has been such a financially crippling period. >> across town, one of the bar's
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customers. it was close for 10 days after a staff member tested positive. >> everything is fresh fruit here, -- food here, so we will lose money. there is a concern. if we are pinged today or tomorrow, we have to do the whole thing over again. >> more than half a million people in england and wales were pinged by the app. the impact has been huge. if you are not self-isolating because of work, you may well be because your child's classroom bubble has burst. at this school, at times, a third of staff and almost three/hundred people have been self-isolating. >> this is the most stressful we have all felt. children and parents have felt
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that as well. there is real fatigue. lots of positive messages that we are heading back toward normality, we have gone to stage four on the roadmap, that is not being felt in the last couple of weeks. >> 145,000 people are expected to watch the grand prix at silverstone. many more ping seem inevitable, but today downing street insisted the nhs app is doing what it was designed to do and remains one of the best tools available to help tackle coronavirus. >> in spite of the u.k.'s high vaccination rate, the spike in cases has led to calls for the government to reverse some easing on restrictions, particularly on the move to drop the mask mandate for public transport. the u.k. wouldn't be's the first to reverse such a decision. israel reinstated its own mask mandate in june, days after dropping it, after it recorded 100 cases on two consecutive days. , in the united states los
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angeles followed suit. yesterday it reintroduced its mask mandate for indoor public spaces after only a month amid a significant rise in delta very cases in the city and water u.s. the cdc has warned of high infection rates in states with low vaccination levels. it identified four states, nevada, arkansas, missouri, and florida as those with the highest transmission rates. florida itself now accounts for a quarter of new infections in the whole of the u.s. the bbc has heard fresh reports of ethnic cleansing in tigray in northern ethiopia. forces are continuing to extend their control of the region, prompting the ethiopian government to abandon a unilateral cease-fire. more fighting is expected in the west of tigray, on the border close to sudan. our correspondent has this report. >> three teenage boys emerge
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from the gloom, trudging their way to safety. they escaped from tigray overnight across a river and well guarded border, caring nothing except stories of spiraling ethnic conflict. >> sometimes the soldiers come home to home. they give us two days to leave because we are tigrayans. >> so there is an ethnic cleansing happening across the border here? >> yes, we feel bad, but is our country, our land. >> the boys may soon be needed back in tigray. but they are safe right now in sudan. the grim life of the refugee camp beckons. one remarkable refugee here is
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looking after thousands. a doctor, part chronicler of tigray's latest. >> with no food and water. particularly they were being told that they would be punished by hunger. >> starved. >> his clinic is overwhelmed, not just by the flood of new arrivals, a single mother of two, but overwhe by their stories. >> they killed young men. >> when i turn around, they were there. >> so you think the war will go on and on? >> it will go on, for sure. we are not giving up our land, never. thood will continue. [singing] >> a refugee sings of her
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yearning for home, for tigray. it sounds like a lament for ethiopia, a nation at risk of unraveling. >> you get a real sense here that this conflict is far from over. tigrayans have suffered so much in the past few months, through famine and conflict, that they are now talking about a clean break, full independence from youth utopia, a nation that they -- from ethiopia, a nation that they see as cruel and crumbling. if they have to fight to keep it, so be it. another young man swims his way out of tigray. better to drown, he says, than to stay behind and be killed by the militias. the refugee dr. doubts if ethiopia can survive all of this. >> i don't want to be in the same category as these people that have killed my brothers and
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sisters, destroyed my place. >> the summer storm season is beginning, adding to the anxieties here. >> cannot sleep at night, thinking what will happen to the kids,t will i do the next day, what will i feed them? when i see them, i feel sorry for them. >> thousands of lives remain suspended, communities torn apart, as tigray's war lurches on. >> the singer amy winehouse was just 27 when she died. she struggled with an alcohol addiction and drug addiction. this month marks the 10th anniversary of her death, and now in a new bbc documentary, her parents janice and mitch, want to show a different side of her daughter.
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>> i'm scared of myself. ♪ >> it is 10 years since amy one house died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. >> i will all remember our last words. i said i love you, amy. i love you, mommy. i always remember the love she had for me. >> her story has been told countless times, but looking back, her family says the media's treatment of the singer was unacceptable. >> it was disgusting, not just amy, but the way that they treated people. they called her wino, junkie, drug addicts. they could not do that today. it has gotten better, marginally. >> in a new documentary about amy's life, mitch and janice to set the record straight. >> you cannot airbrush all of the horrible stuff out, we wouldn't do that.
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but even through the times where she was seriously ill, what got her through it and what got us through it, may seem stupid, but it was our sense of humor. >> how would you like her to be remembered? >> for the nice person she was, soulful, and caring. >> on the 23rd, we are all together at cemetery and then for the first 10 minutes we are sobbing. after that, we are in fits of laughter with a new anecdote. >> it is not a joyl thing that you would go and celebrate, but we do go and rember her. >> amy's parents hope her legac will not just be music, but a better understanding of mental health. >> let's finish with a reminder of our top story. more than 120 people have died in flooding in parts of northern europe. these drone pictures from the town of erfstadt in germany show the scale of distraction caused by the flooding and mudslides.
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officials in the western german district say that 1300 people are still unaccounted for. stay with us on bbc news. narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... narrator: financial services firm, raymond james. narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; puuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ ♪ narrator: you're watching pbs. ♪ da-da-da-duh-da-da-da♪ ♪ da-da-da-da-da-da ♪♪
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