>> the moment a powerful earthquake hit afghanistan, hundreds are known to have died with shock waves rippling across the region. hello there i'm barbara serra. this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up: al jazeera uncovers evidence of genocide, allegedly coordinated by myanmar's government against rohingya muslims. a gun battle in southern turkey, two police officers and seven i.s.i.l. fighters are killed.
and, processed meat is linked to cancer, and the world health organization says red meat is risky, too. a strong earthquake with its epicenter in northern afghanistan has shane buildings froshaken buildingsfrom kabul te u.s. geological survey says the magnitude was 7.5, that's a powerful tremor, and the world only 20 quakes a year measure higher than 7. a tv station in afghanistan capital kabul was broadcasting the moment the earthquake hit.
al jazeera april jennifer glasse was in kabul when the earthquake hit and sent us this update a short time ago. >> reporter: the dead and wounded here in afghanistan are in 11 of the country's 34 provinces really an indicator of how widespread this earthquake was felt. we felt it here in kabul. we are 260 kilometers away from the epicenter which was northeast in the northeast of the country deep opportunity hindu kush mountain range. north and east afghanistan nearly a third of the country a very tragic story of 12 school girls who died because of a stampede at their school in northern afghanistan, in tahar prorchtion. tahar province. the girls panicked and were trampled to death in that very tragic event. it is the biggest earthquake that has been felt in decades here, here in the capital
certainly many people went out onto the streets trying to get out of buildings worried that they might be hurt and we do know that the casualty level is quite high here. casualties are around the country. even worse in neighboring pakistan, one of the big concerns is some of the villages that might have been affected are in very remote areas, difficult to get to. on the best of days. but in this situation, even larder. so afghan officials are working to get to any feabilityd affectecommunity.the executive a abdalla asked any health support to go to clinics and hospital to help those who have been wounded and also called on afghan businessmen nongovernmental agencies here in afghanistan and around the world to offer what help they can to afghanistan to this region devastated by this
very, very large earthquake. >> jennifer glasse in kabul. well, al jazeera's kamal hyder has just arrived in pakistan's swat valley. kamal we are just hearing what the situation is like in afghanistan. what's it like where you are? >> reporter: well, according to the provincial disaster managements the worse is is the province we're here in swat, we are told that malakand and swat have suffered the maximum number of casualties almost 187, the death toll now mounting over 250 and there are reports that at least 800 houses have been damaged or destroyed here in malakand in swat. that number is over 1100 across the wide region because this powerful earthquake not just shook islamabad but as far as
new delhi, across islamabad, in swath and malakand in adjoining district. >> kamal, it is night where you are now, there will be a clearer picture in the morning. but do emergency service servicn able to get to certain areas? >> reporter: well you're absolutely right because that particular strong earthquake has triggered many landslides not just here but also in baltastan, many cities are cut off and there are remote regions and it's taken several hours for those reports to start filtering in. as you mentioned it's night tithe time and an emergency has been declared in the hospitals because they have been receiving a lot of people with wounds, a number of wounded is now over 1500 according to some sources
and that is likely to go up. so is the death toll because as you mentioned, there are remote regions from which there is stilling still no news. because communicates he are badly affected. communications towers have gone down and the roads are blocked. >> kamal finally, is it common to get earthquakes perhaps not as powerful as this unwith but how often do you get earthquakes in that part of the world? >> well, this particular part of the world is prone to earthquakes. it has seen many earthquakes. it has seen earthquakes indown in baluchistan province, in 2005 also in the month of october there was a powerful earthquake that killed over 75,000 people and the reason for that, that it was a shallow earthquake. now only good news today was the fact that this particular earthquake was 189 kilometers depth. and if it had been a shall ower
one would it have wreaked havoc over the area. the country is going to be seeking international support if it finds that it needs it. the united nations has already said that they're also getting their emergency stocks together in case pakistan or afghanistan need them. also on an important note, the prime minister who was in london has rushed back to the country to oversee the emergency rescue and relief effort. >> i guess when the sunrises there we'll have a much clearer idea of what the damage is. for the moment kamal hyder, live for us in the swat valley. thank you. the earthquake was felt as far away as india. al jazeera's liddy dutt is in new delhi for us. >> tremors felt for about 40 seconds in the indian capital new delhi. panic in states like hariana and
punjab and indian-administered kashmir. we have heard early stages suggested power lines are down as well as telecom problems. however there are no reports as yet of loss of life or widespread damage to property. the indian government of prime minister narendra modi coming out to say the indian deposit has looked to assess the situation and offered support to afghanistan and pakistan. highlighting the threat that these natural disasters pose and the kind of fear that spreads across the region, even as far as new delhi where we are quite a bit of panic and concern here in india. >> to other news now. there is strong evidence of genocide in myanmar against rohingya minority.
according to the yale law school in the u.s. obtained by al jazeera's investigative unit. >> this baby is malnourished but there's plenty of food in the nearby town. this woman is hemorrhaging after losing her baby but the local hospital wouldn't treat her. this woman has an undiagnosed illness but can't afford to pay the bribes needed to get to a doctor. these are the stories of the rohingya of western myanmar, about 130,000 are prisoners in rchg camps in their own home refugee camps in their own home land. >> there are people here who need access but policy deprives them of health care. if you deprive them of basic needs for survival it has a destructive impact.
>> reporter: difference here these conditions are avoidable and the result of government policy. in 2012, violence erupted in this region of myanmar forcing the rohingya to flee to camps. their homes were bulldozed and burned. while they were born and grew up here, the government considers rohingya a refugee group from nearby indonesia. should be placed in camps or sent abroad. for most it's an impossible task. it was a time when few had any papers. such a policy has led to accusations that the government is trying to destroy the rohingya as a people. >> these acts would lead to a slow death of the victims and that's where the destruction in whole or part comes from. >> over the last six months a clinic at yale high school has been studying the events in
myanmar. in order to establish guilt a court would need to provide proof that the government has a reason to destroy the rohingya. >> given way people in politics talk about the rohingya, we believe it's hard to avoid a conclusion that intent is present. >> as the first quothe contested elections in the last 20 years, phil reese, a al jazeera, westen are myanmar about. >> al jazeera has requested responses but has received none. you can see genocide agenda 20
gmt, less than an hour from now. processed meats such as ham and sausage can lead to colon and other cancers and red meat is probably carcinogenic as well. thailand seeing a rise in the number of people eating processed meat. >> reporter: for some people the perception of meat may have changed forever. that's because the international agency for research on cancer, which is part of the world health organization, has classified processed meat as a cancer-causing substance. it says if you eat 50 grams of processed meat a day it will increase the chances of you developing cancer of the colon by 18%. in countries like thailand, where cheap but convenient meat balls and sausages are a large part of many people's diet, it's a concerning development. >> in the morning they have to hurry to go to somewhere or parents like tend to like find
something easy for children to eat. so this might be the cause of like, they eat sausage or like processed meat every day. >> processed meat is preserved by adding chemicals, salt or smoking it. it's now placed here among a list of things that are definitely carcinogenic to humans according to the world health organization. it rates alongside the likes of asbestos because of the process the meat is put through and red meat beef lamb and pork is along the list of things that probably cause cancer like herbicides lead compound malaria and fumes in fried foods and working night shifts. the meat industry in the u.s. spoke out to try to discredit the findings. >> it's iarc's job. but the body of evidence show that red and processed meat can be part of a healthy balanced
diet. >> this is not the first time that certain types of meat have been linked to cancer but consumption of meat is increasing around the world. according to the united nations it went up by 25% in the ten years from 2003. this report focuses on the ingredients and compounds that are found in meat. what it doesn't focus on are any other lifestyle choices that people who eat a lot of meat might also be making. the w.h.o. classifications help governments around the world find ways of making their populations healthier. controversial as it is, this report will give them plenty to consider. wayne hay, al jazeera, bangkok. >> interesting issue and one nutritionist told al jazeera, the w.h.o. advice will prompt a re-think of the way that people shop. >> the biggest risk is associated with processed meats sort of the meats you would see here. things like bacon salami and some types of sausage and 50
grams a day increases the risk significantly. that's about two rashers are of bacon but that's every day so it's really quite a high quantity of processed meat. and when we talk about lean red meat it's 100 grams of red meat. thithis steak you see here is at 200 grams. 100 is about half of that. that's what you can eat every day without there being any increased risk. a study that suggests eating red meat as dangerous as smoking which is just ridiculous. if you eat lean red meat, keep your portions modest, you don't eat every day it's fine, the risks are really very small. i think people will probably 30 about processethink about proce, sausages, salami, hams, i hope,
eating more fruits and vegetables is one of the most important in terms of diet, not smoking not drinking all of those things. >> well, still to come on the program: we're going to have the latest from southeastern europe where thousands continue the long journey north in the hope of a better life. and as israel and the occupied territories see more violence, at a palestinian president turns to europe for help. help.
>> welcome back. here's a reminder of our top stories on lngz. hundredal jazeera. hundreds of people have been killed after an earthquake in afghanistan, tremors felt across the region. a report obtained exclusively by al jazeera indicates strong evidence that the myanmar government has committed genocide against the country's rohingya minority. and the world health organization has released a report that says processed plate causes cancer. international health body adds that red meat is also risky. two turkish policemen have been killed during a shootout with suspected i.s.i.l. fighters. police say they were carrying out raids on the outskirts of diabakur when the outbreak happened. >> as turkish officials raided
several properties, gun fire echoed throughout the neighborhood. two police officers were killed by booby trapped bombs as they broke down a adoo door at one apartment. seven suspected members of i.s.i.l. were killed in a shootout according to police. >> translator: this was a very important operation planned and conducted successfully. the outcome is that two very important i.s.i.l. groups have been neutralized. >> these raids were amongst a series taking place across turkey in the wake of the suicide bomb in ankara that killed 210 people. the government said i.s.i.l. was responsible. this is the first time on turkish soil that highlights the threat posed by i.s.i.l, adding to elections on sunday then in mid november world leaders head
to antalia for the g-20 summit. bernard smith, al jazeera, istanbul. the western balkans, pictures taken in slovenia on monday givers some sense of the scale of the situation in the region. estimated 260,000 people have passed through the western balkans since hungary closed its borders in mid september. slovenia continues to face tens of thousands of new arrivals. as robin forrester-walker reports, aid workers say they are being prevented from offering much-needed help. >> reporter: the promise now of 400 extra police from the european union to manage this unllped scale ounparalleled sca,
for refugees i asked how they spent the last night. not enough water said this one man. they had been waiting for hours. finally some were allowed to leave for an austria bound train but members of this family had been left behind. >> one of my brother and my sister's husband, they can't, they didn't let them come out. >> hopefully they made it onto the next train but by the afternoon the camp was ready for more arrivals. this is just the latest batch of hundreds of refugees to arrive at this holding facility. the police seem to be doing very good job at crowd control. but the humanitarian efforts from what we've seen aren't quite as adequate. aid agencies such as medicins sans frontiers says, the
authorities are cooperating closely with them. but these agencies say they are obstructed from getting food and support from where it's needed. >> to be disallowed to hand blankets and food to people, this is disgusting before you even get to the issues or restriction of medical aid to those that need it. >> reporter: the civil protection agency says volunteers need to register with recognized organizations. but the police are stopping everybody from going in there. this is what's happening. >> i think, i'm not from the police but i think that is from their -- their security. >> reporter: swamped by up to 15,000 hungry and exhausted new arrivals a day, help for them and for the authorities cannot come soon enough. robin forrester-walker, al jazeera, on the slovenia croatia
border. >> wund energy iwind energy is e most clean and effective ways to generate electricity. giant machines kill birds including protected species. tom ackerman reports from northern california. >> reporter: just east of san francisco the open landscape is dominated by more than 5,000 wind turbines. the altamont pass is also a prime habitat for majestic bird its admirers call the lion of the sky. the golden eagle a bird so prized that the u.s. government punishes those who harm them with fines and even prison. yet 2,000 golden eagles and other protected raptors were killed by turbine blades. wildlife biologist doug bell says when the first turbines
were erected in the 1980s no one realized the deadly toll they would take. the u.s. government has granted the wind farmers short term permits, but the court rejected a 30 year permit that wouldn't require any assessment of the environmental impact. as older models like these are moth balled and dismantled companies are working on newer versions that are bigger and yet safer. hundreds of older turbines will be replaced by 40 machines, the new towers stand tall enough for birds to avoid their blades as they swoop down on their prey. >> whether standards have been lowered enough to where they're at the point of population stability, for instance for golden eagles, we don't really know yet. >> another alternative yet to be test said a turbine housed
inside a metal shroud that could further reduce the risk to birds. and then there's this experiment launched by google. small scale wind turbines attached otethers that carry the converted wind power to the ground. >> actually generating energy flying this kite in a circle. sounds too good to be true but actually working. >> may provide an added risk to birds that hit communication towers along their migration paths from north to south america. tom ackerman al jazeera, altamont pass, california. suicide bombing, at a mosque in saudi arabia killed one person and injured 16. the explosion took place in nagran, suspect's car has been found with a note inside confirming his plans to attack
the mosque. the attack took place as the suicide bomber tried to enter the mosque. mahmoud abbas, and frederica mogherini issued a short statement prior to their closed door meeting. >> what we're looking for is steps, concrete steps on the ground, including difficult ones that can improve the lives of the palestinian people, that can strengthen the palestinian authority, not only on the economic field but also in security and the political field, and to have what we call some deliverables of the process itself. not a process for the sake of the process. >> latest from david chater,
live in brussels for us. we heard frederica mogherini at a tuck about deliverables, they are meeting, we don't know what they're discussing but do we know exactly what she meant by those deliverables? >> reporter: yes, exactly what the president mahmoud abbas said, he wants concrete steps taken to reignite the peace process again. but the most interesting thing barbara was that we had john kerry the secretary of state say after his meeting in jordan with the palestinian president that he wants leaders to lead. he wants the violence that we've seen there, the cycle of violence, tamped down in some way. he wants a call from both sides, but the israeli side and the palestinian side for the violence to stop. so what we were waiting for from the palestinian president was some sort of sign that he would call on people to stop the violence going on.
but instead what we heard was that he was blaming very much the israeli attitude, he was blamin emblaming them for changing the status quo in the noble sanctuary, the temple mount, the al-aqsa mosque. he was blaming incursions what he called, incursions on the al-aqsa mosque the temple mount by jewish leaders, a change in the status quo he called. very much he blamed on the israelis for changing that status and he said it was time that stopped. but there was no call while i was inside the press conference for the people of palestine and israel to stop the cycle of violence. >> david chater, where that meeting is taking place between mahmoud abbas and the eu policy chief frederica mogherini. they are of course discussing the tensions between the
palestinians and the israelis that we have seen escalating into violence in the past few weeks. we will have more on that throughout the evening as we find out more about that meeting. and you can get more about our website about the whole program everything we have been covering, the address aljazeera.com. hiroshima, a moment that still resonates 70 years later... >> there were corpses and bones everywhere, it's hard for me to come here again. >> to okinawa, where the presence of u.s. troops remains contentious. >> no osprey! >> and, in a culture resistant to change, how one woman is blazing new trails. >> in the future, i hope to see mixed race people commonly accepted. >> journey to japan. >> i'm roxana saberi in hiroshima.