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>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm richelle carey. here are the stories we're following for you. >> typhoon haiyon hounds the philippines killing at least a thousand people. world leaders are in geneva trying to gain common ground over iran's nuclear program. >> the red cross said typhoon haiyon may have killed as many
as 1200 people in the philippines. the relief agency's estimate comes as the country surveys the extent of the damage. the casualties number is unclear right now but it is clear that the philippines were hit hard. let's talk more about this number. what do we know about where the red cross is getting their information? has anyone else corroborated this information? >> well, the red cross has people in the areas that were worst hate on the east coast where the storm first made landfall. they're saying that their people have counted the bodies, a thousand in the capitol of lete and 200 in sema. our correspondent said that she
was walking amongst bodies on the ground when that storm surge started to recede. the official government number is 138, but the governor on the island says it could get up to 20,000. >> 20,000? craig, are these people that drowned in flooding? do we know yet? >> reporter: well, there have been reports that this storm surge affected many people, including those who sought shelter in gymnasiums and buildings that otherwise seemed quite safe. that there were people who drowned in one particular gymnasium. the storm surge came in up to 15 feet. some locals say it was as high as the coconut trees. many cars were left on the roofs
of houses that were lucky enough to be left standing. but if you look at the aerial photography that we're getting in just after the storm today you can see that it's just utter devastation. there is very little that has been left standing, and anyone who was out in that storm or in shelter that wasn't strong enough to with stand the super winds was in extreme danger. that's what's happened. it has affected 36 provinces, some 4 million people have been displaced, and some 300,000 people have south help in shelters across the philippines. >> let's talk more about the conditions that people are finding themselves in right now. this is a rescue mission, search and rescue mission. how difficult is it for people to get the help they need right now?
>> well, the airports in the capitol has just been opened this afternoon, and managed to clear the debris, and helicopters have been landing in their c 130s. government air force planes have been bringing in soldiers, they're also bringing in food and water. the government was prepared for the storm, and they did fly in food and water before the storm struck, but once again the flooding was so extreme that it carried a lot of this food away. and we've been getting reports that there has been looting in the malls, fighting on the streets over the little food that remain and the government has sent in special forces to control it. >> craig live from in a littl m. craig, thank you so much. more now on the storms let's
check in we eboni deon. >> yes, i'm tracking typhoon haiya. it will track off to the west-northwest and as it does it will weaken. it will head towards the coast of vietnam, and as it does it will weaken. we expect sect landfall sunday. although it has weakened, and notice we're not seeing that well defined eye had a we once saw it remains a category three hurricane, so it is still a very strong system as it moves through the south china sea. but the current track is expected to take it along the coast of vietnam, putting it into northern vietnam as a strong tropical storm by sunday evening. winds are expected to come down to 69 mph. good news there, but folks preparing well in advance of that system. even still in a weakened state we expect to see a lot of heavy rainfall in some areas maybe as
much as a foot. >> thank you so much. there are reports now that negotiators in geneva will hold a news conference later today. they've been working on a plan to lesson iran's nuclear program. iran is hoping to lose the sanctions that has been crippling its economy for years. if they find a deal it will be a historic. phil ittner joins us now. it's been going on for three days. that in and of itself is significant, phil, so where do things stand now? >> well, richelle, it does look as though things are winding down. we're hearing reports from inside the iranen delegation that they expect talks will end today, and that is in accord and an agreement has not met. that they could reconvene in about a week. now there has been a flurry of
activity here in geneva in the last 38 hours or so with john kerry flying in, and other major players on the diplomatic stage. the british foreign minister said with this being such a vital issue on the global stage it is important to keep up the pace. >> real momentum has built up in these negotiations. there is now a real concentration on these negotiations. and so we have to do everything we can to seize the moment and seize the opportunity to reach a deal that has alluded the world, the world has been unable to reach for a very long time. >> now as you mentioned richelle we're expecting some sort of wrap up press conference within the next couple of hours that will manufactur inform us exacte
things stand, and obviously when we hear that we will bring that information to you. >> it does seem going into this one of the roadblocks was this nuclear reactor, correct? >> yes, it's very interesting. it's been mostly behind closed doors, and earlier today something unprecedented happened. the french foreign minister came out and gave an interview to a radio channel that said there were two sticking points. the iraq water plant which produces plutonium, and the stock pile that seems to be where the sticky points lie whether it can be overcome or not is unclear when they hear
folks from hyped closed doors. >> now to understand more what is at stake with this nuclear power i spoke with the manager of reaching critical will. it can produce plutonium as a by-product, however it is important to note that it is not ready yet, this reactor. it won't be ready until ear eary early 2013. and it thought be possible to divert this kind of blew tone yum to weapons materials unless you stop those kinds of safeguards. so it is a contagious issue that might also be a little bit exaggerated because of this lack of trust that exists in these negotiations. a lot of problems is the intention behind the state behavior.
it's very difficult to separate the energy uses from political uses. many hours have been spent here in geneva, and it's been really positive. it's the first time they've talked about this seriously. this is a positive sign even if we don't get an agreement out of it today or tomorrow, it's a great achievement to have these negotiations. >> iran has been known for its strict regime but now there are some changes. after being elected hassan rouhani has been showing openness not only in politics but at the country's borders. >> reporter: in iran there is a list and ton are those that range from the criminal to the political. many of them were students in
academics who were caught up in the election. in student was one of them. he was also banned from attending university. >> i was in journalism and during the post election i want i was briefly arrested last year i took the examine for my mastering during ahmadinejad's presidency but they didn't give us our test results and banned us from studying. verbally i was told i was not allowed to study. >> until now. shams has been allowed back to university and he thanks the president for that. one of iran's most respected political minds says that hassan rouhani has used his first is hundred days in obvious in taking the country back from radicals. he himself was jailed in 2009 and banned from teaching. >> i have been in jail for more than less one year, but
personally i have no regret because it has been for my nation, and for my country. i'm so happy that after the four or eight years everything is clear at the moment for everybody those eight years belong to the former president mahmoud ahmadinejad. they had jailed thousands, journalists, leaders and academics and closed dozens of newspapers and blacklisted the country's largest organization of journalists. but since rouhani's election they have released hundreds of prisoners. many more will remain in jail or under house arrest including the leaders of the reformist movement.
>> the domestic situation is changing slowly. since rouhani's election some have gained back their freedoms. when it comes to other domestic issues like gender rights, and equality. many are hard pressed to see any improvements. the constitution is still the constitution. the law is still the law, and the president swore to up hold it, not to change it. al jazeera, tehran. >> as the fighting intensifies in aleppo, the main opposition to bashar al-assad's regime is declining to meet in pea sakes. genevpea--peace talks in geneva. >> reporter: this has always been the trickiest issue for the coalition and it remains over the next couple of days on one
level this negotiating body representing the syrian opposition can't not show up as an international meeting of this magnitude. on the other hand if they show up and across the table from them are representatives of the assad regime, indeed, bashar al-assad himself, they risk losing what little credibility they have list with syrians inside the country who have sacrificed so much no the revolution as they see it to get to this point. >> and it is a source of hope for millions of americans struggling with mental illness and addiction. coming up, new rules for those trying to heal. plus forced out the streets of san francisco transformed by the tech boom.
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>> 20million american women and 10 million american men will struggle with eating disorders at some time in their lives. lynn talks with patients and families every day. >> it has been horrific to try to get treatment for an eating disorder. i know stories that somebody goes to a treatment center to get treatment, and it turns out insurance says no you're not
thin enough the person has to drive home and lose more weight for them to qualify. imagine this. that would be like saying to a cancer patient well, your tumor is not big enough before we're going to remove it. >> insurance companies typically pay for physical care to help patients gain weight back, but many families struggle to pay for mental health treatment. >> families have gone into debt. i've seen them take second mortgages on their homes. go through their retirement accounts. you do whatever you have to to save someone who might day, and eating disorders do kill. >> insurance companies to cover mental illness the same way they cover care. >> that law combined with the affordable care act will expand and protect behavioral health benefits for more than 62 billion americans. this is the largest expansion of behavioral health coverage in a generation. >> staying healthy is something
that she works hard at and helps others through the crisis line. >> no matter what, it's something that you have to think about consciously every day and work forwards it and remind yourself why you're doing it. you're doing it for yourself, you're doing it for your family. it's something that can be done without proper treatment whether that's therapy or treatment centers. >> treatment that patients will now be able to count on. >> for millions of americans the announcement is a source of help that they'll be able to focus their healing rather than on cost. al jazeera, new york. >> a federal judge ruled friday that trying to change a person's sexual orientation through therapy is illegal. some argue that the law violates the right to free speech. california was the only other state to ban the practice. twitter takes a tumble the e day after it's big debut on wall
street. more than 7% finishing the day at $41.64. that's still 60% above the price set for thursday's ipo. but not everyone is welcoming twitter's success. some residents say high tech money is pushing out many long-term residents who simply can't afford to stick around. >> reporter: where twitter employees and other tech workers come to live new buildings are shooting up block after block, supply doing it's best to keep up with demand. but the start up economy has left san francisco's less advantaged behind. >> now it's mostly about money and greed and with it's very competitive. the i.t. crowd is a very competitive crowd. >> artist renée yanez is an artist who has lived there for
years. he said he's being evicted to make way for the high tech. >> we're seeing gentrification in our neighborhood in different forms. one is tenants are being bought out by their existing landlords to make room for newer residents that can pay higher rental fees. >> many people are not happy that the city offered a tax break to keep twitter in town. supporters say that it has brought in business and revived a shabby part of town. that will offset the cost of the tax break. >> we're seeing the beginning of a renaissance that people want to be here. >> others disagree. >> yes, there are new businesses opening up around the corridor, mid market, close to where twitter's is head quarters but there are a lot of business who is are leaving, business who is
the united nations said the storm has disrupted the lives of 43 million filipinos. haiyon is expected to make landfall tomorrow. there are reports that negotiators in geneva will hold reports in the coming hour. we'll bring you that news conference when it happens. and a decision on detroit's bankruptcy status is coming in the next few days. whether it will become the largest municipality to file bankruptcy. many city workers could lose retirement benefits if the judge ruled. in favor of the bankruptcy. saying that leaders did not do enough to protect pensions before filing chapter 9. fires burning the gold coast ring. the smoke became so intense the dream land theme park had to be evacuated in queensland.
more than 7,000 people were forced to leave as a precaution. >> let's go to the national forecast. >> meteorologist: we're tracking cooler air. more areas across the south will be among the mild side. this morning just this area the rain is kicking up wind and we do have wind advisories across north dakota. we do have winds 40 mph in bismarck. make sure you have both hands on that steering while. it will be difficult especially for the high-profile vehicles. even in minnesota, winds gusting at 30 mph. it will be another breezy day across the northeast, the strongest winds will be felt right around the lakes where we have winds gusting up to 30 right now.
and cleveland not much in the way of wet weather. we have clouds mixing in the sunshine. and most areas are on the dry side. we have showers moving in on the southern maine. so around i continue 20, that's where we're seeing weather weather, and as far as temperatures we'll make it in the low 70s, and cooler than average atlanta today right around 61 degrees. here's a look at the trend as we go through our wake by sunday it's going to be very nice. temperatures above average near 70 but then the bottom false out with highs only in the 40s. >> eboni, thank you. world cup, another competition is set to begin. bringing together hundreds of ethnic tribes for their own version of the olympics. we went to take a look.
>> chants from indigenous people getting ready for competition. tribes from all over brazil pouring in to take part of the 12th edition of the indigenous games. they'll compete in traditionalnal sports, bow and arrow, blow dart competition and wrestling among others. football breaks with the tradition but it is an event this is brazil, after all. >> in previous years in canoeing we were champions, and in the tug-of-war we got in the finals but lost. this year we came to win the games. >> we came here to share with other tribes that are our brothers, too. we're going to integrate among other ethnicities and meet other tribes. >> the world cup olympics are coming to this country, and there is a case to be made that it's the indigenous games that are the movers colorful.
what they lack in tv deals they make up for in passion. it's held every yore year. there are more than 1500 indigenous people in 40 tribes taking part of this game but for them it's about a lot more than simply competition. >> it's our tradition, it's our culture. this is why we came from so far away to share our culture with the outside world. but before the games could begin they participate in a ceremonial fire dance that celebrate being together. filling the air with tribal song and dance, energy that will be transformed in bouts of athleticism in the coming days. al jazeera, brazil. >> thank you for watching al jazeera. i'm richelle carey. "the stream" is next, and you can always check our website throughout the day www.aljazeera.com. thanks for your time.
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