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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 world news america. let the games begin. japan counts down to the official start of a troubled olympics. china deals with the aftermath of some of its worst floods. thousands have been evacuated. >> this has turned into a river, a lake, call it what you like. the water is at knee level. this is still a crisis. >> health workers in india go the extra mile to get their country vaccinated >> we go by foot, boat.
there are some dangerous places here. >> nasa's rover begins its quest for hunting for ancient life on mars. welcome to world news america on pbs and around the globe. after a year's delay, the opening ceremonies will officially begin the summer olympics in tokyo. the stadium will be almost empty with 1000 invited guests, a low-key start to a troubled games. it will not be the showcase or bring economic benefits japan was hoping for. >> finding olympic fans in tokyo these days is not so easy. in this rooftop, it is a different story.
in the hope of attracting young, new fans. >> it would be cool to watch great skateboarders. >> iove snowboarding for skateboarding is good practice for me and it is fun. >> at one time, everyone was an olympic fan. in the day tokyo won the bid in 2013, people were delirious with joy. today, the atmosphere could not be more different. the stadium where the opening ceremony will happen is surrounded by spectators kept far away. first there was the cost of the main stadium. then there were problems with the logo and allegations of corruption. and then covid hit. this year, the olympic chief had
to step down over a sexism row. the composer of music was forced out because of bullying allegations. one day before the games was set to open, the director of the opening he made jokes about the holocaust. >> the world's biggest city. >> the last time tokyo hold the games, it was so different in 1964. he had arrived in japan two years earlier. >> one of the nice things about the 64 left x -- olympics was for 2.5 weeks, the city was filled with tourists and athletes mingling with each other. the nice thing about the olympics is they are a global
festival. it really was a festival atmosphere. it was quite nice now it is like the city is a ghost town. >> not quite a ghost town. tokyo is supposed to be under a state of emergency but you would not know it from the nightlife district. the owner of this restaurant is refusing to close early. >> i am struggling. i have friends who had to close the restaurants. i was short of cash and had problems paying bills. it is why i decided to reopen. the government is not helping us. i had to protect my own living. >> there are those who are looking forward to the opening ceremony tonight read many of them are lining up to take photos close to the main stadium. overall, the mood is weary acceptance. >> the bbc's reporter is
covering neolithic's for us from tokyo and she joins us from tokyo. it may be troubled waters but your backdrop looks lovely. what is the mood like right now? you have covered the olympics in rio. how does it compare? >> they are poles apart in terms of two events. and real, -- in rio, we had a real celebration. everybody mixing from all over the world. that is the biggest thing we have come up against. it is so restrictive because we are in the global pandemic, of what you can and cannot do. you can only go to certain
venues and you have to keep your distance from everybody else. it is very hard to get a sense of what these games mean for the athletes, what they mean for the locals and what they mean for everody who is going to be watching over the next couple of weeks. because of the opinions and the beliefs of the japanese public who are overwhelmingly not in favor of these games going ahead, there is a sense of anxiety. they have seen an influx of people arriving as cases rise. there is a heightened sense of anxiety around these games. maybe perhaps that will have everybody breathe out because i think everybody is holding their breath getting through this moment. finally, with this opening
ceremony, we might have that. >> how are they going to measure success of these games? >> i think the key will be when coronavirus cases do pop up, they can contain them quickly and the cases do not spread. if they come from an athlete, they do not spread to teammates. most importantly, anything from within this bubble of people, 50,000 people who have traveled to japan, if there is a case, nothing spreads into the wider japanese population. that is the big fear here. the highest incidence in six months of coronavirus cases, close to 2000 and tokyo. the olympic organizers hope they can contain any measures. as long as they can get most of the athletes to the start line
and the integrity of the competition can continue, that will be a success. >> let's talk about the athletes themselves. who is your headline? who are you looking out for? >> you can go any further than simone biles -- cannot go any further than her. the star of these games. a wonderful gymnast. she lit up rio. i think everything that has happened over the last five years, she has become a real advocate. i was interested to see the u.s. women's national team. they lost their opening game. they could potentially pull something special off. i will be interested to see some of the new sports like surfing and skateboarding.
>> there is a lot to watch. at least you are smiling. thank you very much indeed for joining us. the flooded region of finance -- in central china is beginning to clean up. officials will have died. another city experienced a years worth of rain and three days and people are bracing for more downpours. our china correspondent spent the day traveling around the city and has this report. >> some of the roads are still like rivers. evidence of how overwhelming the rainfall was. above ground, they are starting to clear up. with the true -- the true horror of this intersection is what happened underground in the metro station. as the rain came down, passengers stood in train
carriages, trapped four hours as the tunnels flooded. at least 12 people died it down there. the company in charge blamed the downpour. the metrsystem is shut down. police stood guard over one entrance. they did not like us filming. after my id was checked, i asked one officer if this is a crime scene. i swear, others lost their livelihoods. she told us how her banking business was wiped out in minutes. >> everything was flushed away. nothing was left. i just stuck my clothes out with the water was up to my chest. we ran out for our lives without taking anything. >> her bed tonight is the floor. one of the 1.2 million people the vernment said were
affected by the floods. out of the city, north, the rain was still coming down. the rescuers were still rescuing. we have just come from a place where they are tidying up. rescue workers, if i can swivel you to the right, this is a road that has turned into a river, a lake, call it what you like. the rain has stopped for now but this is still a crisis. from above, the huge scale of what happened becomes clearer. the electricity supply and mobile phone coverage is not restored. the worst of the rain seems to have passed which leaves time for other things. fishing. >> extraordinary scenes. india is one of the world's largest manufacturers of covid vaccines.
the only -- countries own rollout remains slow. in one remote district in the far eastern area, more than 80% of adults have had a jab. we travel to the region to find out how they managed it. >> these are the lakes -- lengths some health workers are going to deliver vaccines. they are making arduous journeys. to reach remote villages, accessible only by foot. in the blistering heat, we tracked through the jungle. covid cases have been rising in the state. they are picking up the pace of the vaccine drive. >> we go by foot. there are some dangerous places.
that is why we try to reach the villages as soon we can. >> the team is pushing themselves to the limit. here, they have been -- there have been challenges. the government has been criticized for being too slow to get jobs out. they have offered cash prizes. how long have we got now? another half-hour? this is not easy. >> after three grueling hours, we finally make it to the tribal village. outside the school, they are already waiting for their jobs. it is quite a turnaround after villagers were scared to get a
vaccine. he was one of the many who needed persuading. there were rumors she would fall sick or die after taking one, he told me. most the ledgers did not want to calm, but health workers convinced us so we agreed. it took months of work to overcome vaccine hesitancy among the 65,000 adults. india h just come out of a devastating second wave. the races in to get as many people vaccinated as possible. a third of adults have got at least one dose. here despite the odds, they have done much better. more than 80% of people have had at least one shot. the vaccine program is going against the grain. incentives are boosting turnout. at a nearby village, they are running a vaccination drive on the same day they are disturbing
rice rations. in this farming community, it is an effective way to encourage people to show up. not >> -- >> most of the people are into agriculture for me they have two spare days. one forgetting rice and another for vaccinations. the idea putting them together is so they only have to spare one day. >> the vaccination program in india is making slow progress. it still has a long way to go if it wants to reach its target. >> let's have a quick look at other news. the united states has imposed sanctions on cuba regime officials in response to antigovernment protests. it is the first step by the biden administration to apply pressure on the cuban government.
mr. biden had been under pressure from cuban-americans to show support for the protesters. eric clapton has said he will not perform at venues that require concertgoers to be fully vaccinated. he says he will not perform anywhere there is a quote discriminated audience present. in may, he said he experienced a severe reaction to the astrazeneca vaccine. mourners have been paying respects for the prominent dutch crime reporter who was shot earlier and amsterm. many had tears in their eyes. our correspondent reports. >> he would be proud to know so many turned up for his finale. his son said it was heartwarming
to see these crowds. the killing of a high-profile investigative journalist rocked this nation and reignited a debate about press freedom. peter lived and died by this motto. in benda d -- in bended knee is no way to be free. >> a big tree has fallen in my culture. >> he solved so many cases. why has this happened now? >> this hurts people a lot because he has meant a lot to society. >> i think it is such a shame we lost an icon and someone decided to end his life. >> the 64-year-old made his name as an investigative reporter later specializing in and helping to solve historic child murder cases. two men are in custody, accused
of his assassination. cold case legend, one of the attributes are -- attributes -- tributes read, and for many that is how he will be remembered. >> are watching bbc world news america. still to come, more than 600,000 people have been pinged in the u.k. that means self isolation and economic chaos. 10 years ago today, far-right extremist anders set off a car bomb and oslo and then attacked a summer camp. 77 people were killed. >> i saw this huge wall of people running toward me from
down by the docks, where the shots were coming from. you could see in their eyes, they had seen something terrible. i thought, i need to get somewhere safe because something is really wrong here. i tald about the terror attack and teach people about the after mac -- aftermath of the attack. i try to use it as something positive. i realize this one friday back in 2011 should not be allowed to define the rest of my life and to define me as a victim for the rest of my life. >> there is a new word associate it covid in britain. ping demic.
it is what happens when someone is alert if they have had contact with somne with covid. if they are pinged, they have to self isolate. >> empty shelves in supermarkets. retailers warning to many staff in isolation after being contacted by test and trace. shops and their supply chains are under intense pressure. >> we kept all of our shops open throughout the pandemic. now we have had to close one or two and reduce hours in others. that could get a lot worse a lot quicker. >> it is not just supermarkets feeling the strain. transport networks have also been affected as have major manufacturers. councils say they have been
gardening. some service stations have been running out. that is partially due to people having to go into isolation. it is part of a bigger problem. at the moment, there are not enough drivers to go around. problems for the industry have simply been mounting u >> it is a serious problem. they have seen -- to have this ping demic on top of it, it is causing an issue for the industry. >> 600,000 people week are being asked to isolate. the rule are set to change significantly when daily testing will replace isolation.
businesses across the economy insist that change needs to take place sooner or empty shelves could become more common. >> nasa's perseverance rover is about to begin its -- a new phase in its hunt for ancient life. it will soon begin taking soil and rock samples. they will be sent back to earth for analysis. >> surveying the crater floor. a peephole into a possible lake in the red planet. they suspect it may have been replenished and drained with water several times and could unlock secrets of previous life. the dig will take place here. >> we are looking very far back
in the history of the solar system. it means life would not have had much of a chance to advance far. we are looking for evidence of potential microbial life. >> the bag should be hanging on the lunar module. >> nasa compares this part of the mission to win neil armstrong begin a process that would rewrite what humanity new -- knew about it by bagging moon dust. the mars rover has been using its arm to practice probing martian soil samples. nasa says it will take its six wheeled rover about 11 days to collect rock from the crater. that will be transferred to a
revolving carousel. with the seismic scoop operation expected to lift off in august, it may sound and look like a faraway movie. but these scientists believe they are one step away from a leap in planetary science and discovery. many on earth hoping their perseverance pays off. >> perseverance, always good for a pun. a twist on the top story, the tokyo olympics. a hospital in missouri is hosting a celebration of its own, dressing newborns in team usa athletes. they are even awarding medals to the young athletes. it goes without saying each is a
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