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welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is duncan golestani. our top stories: in houston — more than a thousand people have been rescued from the rising waters caused by tropical storm harvey. hundreds of others are stranded in their homes. wejust, we we just, we prayed wejust, we prayed a lot and we just, we prayed a lot and we just praise god that we were rescued and we are very thankful texas continues to be battered by heavy rain — with nearly 80cm falling over the last 48 hours. texans brace themselves, as forecasters warn more is on its way. elsewhere — thousands of rohingya muslims escape fighting in myanmar, only to be turned back by bangladeshi border guards. and europe's largest festival gets underway in west london — with a tribute to the victims of the grenfell tower disaster.
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welcome to the programme. more than a thousand people have been rescued from flooding in one of america's most populous city's — houston, in texas — as a huge storm continues to batter parts of the state. forecasters there say the conditions are unprecedented, and warn the waters are still rising. the white house has announced that president trump will visit the region on tuesday. our north america correspondent james cook reports from houston. harvey arrived in houston with a vengeance. no longer packing the full force of a hurricane, but still deadly. forecasters says it is still yet to
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dump 50 inches of rain here. injust21i hours, more than two feet of rain fell on the fourth largest city in the united states. the results are devastating. this appears to be either the worst — or one of the worst floods houston has ever had. we are measuring not in inches, but in feet. the currents are swift and treacherous, making a wrong turn can quickly mean a matter of life and death. we just, we prayed a lot and we just praise god that we were rescued and we are very thankful. forecasters there say the conditions are unprecedented, and warn the waters are still rising. police are urging people not to venture out, not to risk their lives and this is why. pedro told us he was almost swept away.
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my truck got stuck. i have to walk all the way there and the rescue boats are over there, but i was helping somebody else. there is a rescue happening up there? yes. the storm has crippled transport and left people struggling to go about their lives. right now it is hard to believe that this is the richest nation on earth. you get a sense of how quickly this situation is unfolding. the flooding clearly caught these drivers by surprise and still the rain is coming down, with no sign of it stopping. the authorities are struggling to cope. they are calling for more boats to be sent in. more than 2,000 people in need of rescue have called the emergency services and the mayor is trying to stem a sense of panic. we are coming to you. we want people to know in the city. if you are there and there is a need, we will get to you. i will simply ask that you remain calm, remain patient and we will get to you. tonight, the city and its residents
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are being discomforted. with the night falling and it will make —— the floodwaters rising. 0n the line is u.s coastguard lieutenant commander scott mcbride. he is the public information officer for the hurricane harvey response and he's in houston. can you give us a sense of the scale of this rescue effort? good evening, thank you for having me on the show. as the weather service is reporting, this is a historic event for the region. we have historic floating numbers are out the region. this is an all hands on deck abolition for the united states coastguard and the federal government. we currently have 16 helicopters continuing search and rescue efforts, pulling
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people of houses, off people off the roads. we have 19 vehicles to persist, additionally we are working with the navy to get additional helicopters to assist with our efforts. the people you are helping, are they people who have tried to move away or did they want to stay behind? i don't have that information. i know that we are getting phone calls, we have received over 2000 phone calls throughout the greater metropolitan area requesting assistance. they are calling from their homes, from rooftops, we have rescued folks off the roads from their vehicles that have been stranded. we are really seeing a variety of skin attempts. —— rescue. seeing a variety of skin attempts. -- rescue. you are getting so many calls, have you decide what is an emergency and what is not? we have to prioritise all of these calls. we
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prioritise life—threatening illnesses, the elderly and children. we are getting calls that people will get a little bit of water in their house and this is a scary situation and they will call, but we have two prioritise, if you have a life—threatening illness, if you are elderly or have small children. goes up elderly or have small children. goes up people we are prioritising first. what is the advice for people watching? the first advice is to stay calm my try to stay calm. try to get to high ground if you can, we have had several people going to their attics and that is not helpful because coastguard and first responders cannot see you. stay calm, get to high ground and if you need a rooftop rescue, get to the roof, be safe and try to fly goes down with any method possible. —— flag asked. 911 numbers that we have provided for people, we asked that
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they provide their location, zip code and the number of people rescued. from the us coastguard, thank you for making time for us during what maybe a busy time. thank you very much. kenneth craig is a reporter from cbs news, in houston. tennis, i can see the weather looks quite atrocious and you are quite high in water, aren't you? we are just a a few hundred yards from the buffalo by you. —— bayou. there is a park and a parkway. right now, this is an underpass for vehicles to go under the highway, easily 20 feet deep and it is filled to the brim tonight. there are things like this all across the city and this rain is not helping anything. within the last hour what
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we saw some of the floodwaters start to go down, but with the rain beating backup i can only imagine it will continue to rise. how is that going? how will the authorities channel the water way? it is going back into the drainage and eventually be bayou leads to the gulf of mexico. there is so much rain on the ground, we have seen so much rain in the last 44 hours that there is nowhere for this water to go. there is nowhere for this water to 90- -- there is nowhere for this water to go. —— 2a hours. thing about houston is, it floods in the smallest amount of rain. we have been here for much less significant storms where we have seen waters rise quickly and some pretty scary moments happen. when you are talking about another 24 when you are talking about another 2a inches on the way, it is a serious situation. you get the sense that the authorities were prepared
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for this? it appears that they were well aware this was happening. all well aware this was happening. all we have heard on local reports over the last couple of days our officials from authorities and weather forecasters talking about just how serious this would be. this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone here. days ago, they were saying that houston could see life—threatening catastrophic flooding this weekend and that is exactly what we are seeing today. it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. authorities seemed as though they we re authorities seemed as though they were prepared, the mayor took some heat for not calling for a mandatory evacuation order that he said earlier today that if he was going to evacuate, two to 3 million people, that would be a disaster to have everybody on the highways which are obviously flooding. tennis in houston, thank you very much for joining us. —— phaneuf.
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—— kenneth. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news, starting with more bad weather. tropical storm pakhar hit hong kong and macau on sunday. both cities issued weather warnings early in the day, as winds intensified, churning up rough seas and flood alerts. it comes just days after one of the strongest typhoons on record — hato — caused serious damage in the area, killing 12 people. people have been warned to stay away from beaches in east sussex on england's southern coast — and to keep doors and windows closed, after a suspected chemical leak. police said there was an unknown haze coming from the sea. around 150 people have been treated in hospital complaining of vomiting, breathing difficulties and irritation to their throats and eyes. thousands of people have left their homes, after two days of violence in a deepening crisis in myanmar‘s rakhine state. people from the muslim rohingya minority have escaped to the border with bangladesh.
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but border guards are turning them away and non—muslim villagers have been evacuated. 0ur south asia editor, ethirajan anbarasan reports. life in the open. these rohingya muslims are adjusting to the new reality. all these years they have been demonised and discriminated against in myanmar. but they survived. when life was danger, they had no other choice but to flee across the border into bangladesh. they accuse the myanmar army of indiscriminately targeting civilians. but the government of myanmar, run by aung san suu kyi, denies the charges. translation: i came here alone by myself. i don't know where my four sons or grandchildren are. allah knows what will happen now. i don't know where i should go, or what will happen. civilians are caught in the middle. the myanmar government says rohingyas are legal migrants from bangladesh.
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bangladesh does not accept either. they say they are being systematically driven out of myanmar. more than 400,000 rohingya refugees authority crossed into bangladesh. on sunday, the plight of the rohingyas echoed in rome. pope francis appealed for an end to their suffering. translation: sad news has arrived of the persecution of the religious minority, our rohingya brothers. i would like to express my full closeness to them. i want to ask the lord to save them and help them and give them full rights. let us pray for our brothers. for now, they face an uncertain future, but they cannot live in the open forever. rohingyas feel they are an abandoned community. bbc news. stay with us on bbc news.
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still to come: eight mountain climbers have died in three separate accidents this weekend in the austrian and italian alps. it will take months, and billions of dollars, to re pair what katrina achieved injust hours. three weeks is the longest the great clock has been off duty in 117 years, so it was with great satisfaction that clockmaker john vernon swung the pendulum to set the clock going again. this is bbc news. the latest headlines. thousands of people are rescued from rising floodwaters, as houston bears the brunt of tropical storm harvey. the american national weather service has described the flooding as "beyond anything experienced." officials say there are more tornados and rain on its way. 0n the line is denise lange
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who is at crystal beach on a peninsula just north of galveston texas. we spoke two nights ago and you wa nted we spoke two nights ago and you wanted to stay put. it has worked out so far. 0ur wanted to stay put. it has worked out so far. our house is up on stilts like all of the beach houses here. i am 13 feet up in the air, literally. the winds got up to 82 miles per hour, with a steady 52 miles per hour, with a steady 52 miles per hour squall. we are in good shape. we have a picture of the big truck with big wheels you have been using with neighbours to rescue people. tell us about some of those. that is the high—water rescue
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vehicle. they have been literally lifesavers in this storm. my husband and his team, along with the fire department personnel, we rescued one of our neighbours. we could see she was in trouble. we had to get the high—water rescue vehicle to get the animals. it was waist deep in our home. she was incapacitated. without that vehicle it could have been catastrophic. you have been out assessing damage for neighbours. what does it look like? we have eight neighbours that had water inundated into their homes. some of the older homes that are not raised to our level, they got water in their homes. some roofs had damage. the biggest issue is we had a
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lightning strike on one of our beachfront homes. the wind was so strong it carried embers to the next two neighbouring homes. so, we lost three million—dollar homes in one fell swoop. 0h three million—dollar homes in one fell swoop. oh my goodness. you are ona fell swoop. oh my goodness. you are on a peninsula. you are cut off. have you got how and supplies to last you for however long you need to be there? we have lived here all our lives. we have never evacuated for a storm. the previous storms well prepared us for this. we have generators and 90 gallons of gas, plenty of food. we had a big gumbo on the first night and are eating leftovers. we a re on the first night and are eating leftovers. we are prepared. on the first night and are eating leftovers. we are preparedm on the first night and are eating leftovers. we are prepared. it is good to see you being so positive. eight mountain climbers have died
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in three separate incidents this weekend in the austrian and italian alps. five people were killed and another seriously injured after an accident on mount gabler, east of innsbruck, in austria on sunday. while in northern italy, two climbers died in the ademello brenta park near trento. and further west in the valtellina valley near the swiss border, a climber died after being hit by rocks. sarah corker reports. this is a remote area of the alps in austria 3000 metres above sea level. six climbers were roped together here attempting to cross this icy slope when one slipped. they all fell 200 metres before landing in a crevasse. five of those killed were from germany and in their 60s. the lone survivor was flown to hospital ina lone survivor was flown to hospital in a stable condition. the accident is believed to be the deadliest so
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far this season in austria. translation: the group of six were ona translation: the group of six were on a glacier with a 45 degrees gradient. they stopped and discussed if it was too dangerous. in this situation, one of the climbers slipped in to the others with him. it has been a deadly weekend in the european alps, where scores of climbers die every year. in italy, two italians were killed near trento. several were injured, injured, including two teenagers. flowers were laid in the town where rescu e rs flowers were laid in the town where rescuers brought the body of one of the victims to be translation: we feel these things because every year something happens in these mountains. the risks of mountaineering are well—known. the climate and geography in the alps can be deceptively dangerous. sarah corker, bbc news.
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a self—styled indian guru, gurmeet ram rahim singh, is due to be sentenced on two charges of rape on monday. news of his conviction triggered an explosion of violence in northern india on friday. 38 people were killed and more than 200 injured. thousands of police and troops have been deployed to try to prevent further violence. some of his followers are travelling to rohtak, where he is now being held. 0ur south asia correspondent, justin rowlatt, is at his headquarters in sirsa and sent this report. behind this wall is the vast temple complex that is the headquarters of the sect run by the man who became known as the guru of bling. as well as this cinema, there is a hospital, hotel and a vast auditorium. but today, his followers were in no mood to welcome visitors. 0therjournalists have been attacked and their vehicles burnt. guru ram rahim is a flamboyant and controversial figure who stars in his own movies but he commands extraordinary support. his claim that he has 60 million
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followers worldwide, may be an exaggeration, but one army officer told me he thinks there are at least 40,000 devotees inside the compound at the moment. driving away from the temple complex, you get a sense of how tense the atmosphere is. the local town has been under a strict lock down for days. the shops are closed and there are many roadblocks. we were turned back when we asked for permission to pass. guru ram rahim is due to be sentenced on monday in a town about two hours drive from here. the fear is, it could spark yet more violence.
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all day, there has been a steady stream of devotees leaving the complex. translation: we knew they would make a victim, the court forced them to do it. we all love him, god has gifted him with special powers. these guys have all left the compound. they are heading away, getting into vehicles and heading out of town. i asked them if they are going to the town where the sentencing of the guru will be held? they said no, but whether it is true or not, i don't know. local people have retreated into their homes, and with good reason. there is a huge military presence. the authorities have ordered the guru's assets, including the temple complex, be seized. but the devotees don't look ready to give it up without a fight,
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leaving a very dangerous stand—off. the 51st notting hill carnival has opened in west london, with the release of doves and multi—faith prayers in memory of those who died in the grenfell tower disaster injune. firefighters and paramedics were among those who bowed their heads in tribute. carnival—goers have been asked to wear something green, to remember those affected by the tragedy. from notting hill, elaine dunkley reports. # when you are down and out. # when you're on the street... it started with a song to heal broken hearts. a promise of strength. grenfell, be united. amen. and then, with the joyous sounds and vibrant colours of carnival, they celebrated the lives of those taken by tragedy.
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many wore green for grenfell, a colourfor growth and renewal. it is to honour the victims. my own relatives died. we love the carnival, and my relatives loved the carnival. we participated every year, go to their house, people would come from europe. her house would be full up, 16 people sleeping on the floor. we are bringing back colour, bringing back life. at times, those watching were overwhelmed, sad for those who once had a front row seat for the biggest carnival. with laughter and love, carnival paid respect in the way it knows how. to bring us all together as a sharing, caring community, that we are one love and one community and together we are much more successful and together we celebrate the best of britain. there have been moments of reflection, stillness
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and solitude as well as gratitude for those who saved lives. carnival has always had its roots firmly within this community. it started in the 1960s by west indian immigrants who were facing racism, inequality and poor housing. much of this still resonates on the streets of notting hill today. especially for grenfell tower, it is important we have a sense of community. we have had a minute's silence for them. in the moment of madness, everyone heard that minute. it is a good spirit right now. good vibes. notting hill carnival will always symbolise celebration, freedom, revelry, but in the shadow of grenfell it has a new purpose, the voice of a community trying to heal. elaine dunkley, bbc news. and before we go, here are some pictures from the opening ceremony of the china national games in tianjin known as china's "mini 0lympics." all the different regions of the country are represented, and more than 12,000 athletes are competing across 33 sports. it's the country's top sporting event and is seen as a training
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ground for the real olympic games. hello. temperatures are coming down in the week ahead, make the most of any warm sunshiny hub on monday. the bulk will be across parts of england and wales, for scotland and northern ireland, weather fronts close by. winds picking up and some wet weather to come. this band of rain pushing south during the day. not too much wet weather into eastern scotland. with it, windy, some cloud increasing. north—west england into wales. for the pennines and east wales, very warm sunshine. once this green band has pushed through northern ireland in scotland, especially in the evening, brightening up again from the north. one or two showers, a spell of rain
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for a glasgow and fringing into edinburgh through the afternoon. to the south, staying dry for the bulk of the day across northern england. venturing into the lake district in snowdonia, low cloud and drizzle around. for eastern wales across the midlands, east anglia, southern england, long and sunny spells. for some, unbroken sunshine. that allows temperatures to head higher than sunday. across parts of south—east england, 28— 29, even a chance of 30. it could be the warmest bank holiday on record. monday night, this band of cloud and rain across northern england and the midlands by tuesday morning. cool feel behind that across northern ireland, might be into east anglia in south—east england. warm and sunny spells before cloud increasing in east anglia in south—east england. not much rain on this area of cloud, sinking south. to the north, cool
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and fresh feeling. some sunny spells across wales, northern ireland and scotland. some areas of northern scotland will see showers. they could be heavy. complicated picture on wednesday. low pressure threatening england and wales. on thursday, high—pressure building in across the uk. on wednesday, england and wales could see some rain. one or two of those continuing on thursday. for thursday into friday at the weekend, high—pressure settling things down. the outlook this week, warm, even very warm start for some. turning cooler as the week goes on. a bit of rain, monday, wednesday. high—pressure settling things down later in the week. this is bbc news — the headlines:
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more than a thousand people have been rescued from flooding in houston, as a huge storm continues to batter parts of texas. forecasters say the conditions are unprecedented, and warn that the waters are still rising. 70 centimetres of rain has fallen over 48 hours, and emergency workers are still trying to reach hundreds of people stranded in their homes. two days of fighting in myanmar‘s rakhine state has caused thousands of people to flee their homes. members of the muslim rohingya minority, who have gone to the border with bangladesh, are being turned back. some, though, have managed to cross the river that separates the two countries. a moment's silence has been held at london's notting hill carnival, to remember the victims of the grenfell fire in west london. a robot is to act as a stand—in for a teenager with a rare
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