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this is bbc news. i'm rich preston. our top stories: at least301i people have died in a powerful earthquake in haiti — the prime minister says there is extensive damage. the government decided this morning to declare a state of emergency for one month following this disaster. as president biden defends his decision to pull out us troops from his understand, another city falls to the taliban. —— from afghanistan. tributes to the plymouth shooting victims as questions are asked of police about why a shotgun licence was returned to the man who killed 5 people. nearly two million people
injapan are being urged to evacuate their homes, as heavy rainfall causes landslides and flooding across the country. and banksy by the sea — people flock to england's east coast to see original work by the famed grafitti artist. you are watching bbc news. good to have you with us. our top story: more than 300 people are known to have been killed by the latest devastating earthquake to hit haiti. nearly 2000 others were injured in the 7.2 magnitude tremor. the prime minister, ariel henry, has declared a month—long state of emergency. mr henry said the quake had caused huge damage and many casualties across the south of the country. president biden has authorised immediate help from the us. this report from david willis. one of the poorest countries
in the world has been dealt another devastating blow. and the people of haiti are once again dealing with the aftermath of a massive earthquake. this one centred on the country's south—western peninsula, a less populated area than the capital port—au—prince, which was flattened by an earthquake 11 years ago, but stronger and closer to the surface. more than 200,000 people died in the 2010 earthquake and haiti's prime minister ariel henry said numerous lives have been lost in today's disaster. translation: the government decided this morning to declare | a state of emergency for one month following this disaster. we call on the population to show solidarity with each other. let's avoid panic in the face of this earthquake. us scientists are predicting the death toll could run into thousands and president biden has already promised us aid.
haiti's chief seismologist predicted the last big earthquake but admits this one took everyone by surprise. translation: for a few years, we have been carrying out - seismic monitoring in each department with monthly reports of earthshaking. the southern department was less at risk among the ten geographic departments so to me it is a surprise and it shows that earthquakes are totally unpredictable. 0nly last month, haiti was plunged into a political crisis following the murder of its former presidentjovenel moise. riven by poverty and gang violence are now suffering the effects of another massive earthquake, it is also in the path of a tropical storm that is due to hit the region early next week. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. earlier on, i spoke to monique clesca, a haitian writer and
human rights advocate based in port—au—prince. i asked her what the mood was on the ground. the picture where i am as quiet. however, ithink the picture where i am as quiet. however, i think we are devastated by what is going on, particularly in the south. and for several reasons. first of all, we are heartbroken by the tragedy, the deaths, a lot of infrastructure damage. but there is also another issue. whatever assistance must flow, it must go to gang territory. it is almost like the gangs have to give you safe passage. and it is also due to the lack of good governance that we are in this situation. so the massive insecurity will make things much more difficult to bring assistance to the ones who need it most. and i think thatis who need it most. and i think that is a big issue.— that is a big issue. you mention _ that is a big issue. you
mention it _ that is a big issue. you mention it is _ that is a big issue. you mention it is difficult i that is a big issue. you | mention it is difficult to access these positive been badly affected, lack of government, but there is a track record in haiti have issues when it comes to international aid and a poor reputation with international aid coming into haiti. who do haitians trust more to help resolve the problems that you have now? it resolve the problems that you have now?— have now? it certainly is not the international _ have now? it certainly is not| the international community. have now? it certainly is not l the international community. i think the last few years have shown the international community have backed a dictator. the international community has really not back the haitian people. and i think that has to change. and i think one of the lessons learned from the earthquake, the assistance that was given from the earthquake in 2010, is that the assistance was done, anyone could come and you could do whatever you wanted, you provided whatever you wanted. and i think that was bad because it did not build capacity and it did not help
their weight should have. the international community left and left us high and dry. sol think this time what must be done is the international community must absolutely work for haitian civil society. and it is a must. this is what the population trusts. they do not trust the government. the government has been under siege for about three years. we have a massive protest against the government. a government that has killed, massacred, etc. we do not trust the government. we trust a civil society. there is a network of civil protection that also is set up. there were consultation tables where you have political and a civil society in the different departments. and i think aid can float through them and flow through civil society organisations. and i think that
is what must be done. and not the international community telling us this is what you need, this is what you need. we don't want that.— don't want that. monique clesca s-ueakin don't want that. monique clesca speaking to _ don't want that. monique clesca speaking to me _ don't want that. monique clesca speaking to me from _ speaking to me from port—au—prince earlier on. the red cross in lebanon says at least 20 people have been killed and several others injured in a fuel tanker explosion in the akkar region, in the north of the country. the incident happened near the syrian border. a dozen ambulances and emergency services are at the scene. a number of people are missing. it is not yet clear what caused the explosion but lebanon has been suffering from an acute fuel shortage. the us president, joe biden, has issued a stong defence of his decision to pull us troops out of afghanistan as the country's fourth largest city mazar—i—sharif was captured by the taliban. in a written statement, he says he'd inherited a deal made by his predecessor donald trump which imposed a deadline for us withdrawal and cut the number of the country's troops in afghanistan down to a bare minimum.
he went on to say "one more year, orfive more years, of us military presence would not have made a difference if the afghan military cannot or will not hold its own country. " "and an endless american presence in the middle of another country's civil conflict was not acceptable to me." the taliban have continued to seize yet more territory and are now in control of more regional capitals than the government. 0ur correspondent, secunder kermani, sent this report from afghanistan. this is the very centre of kabul. thousands who have fled fighting across the north now live in these miserable conditions. this family escaped the violence, but say they still don't feel safe. translation: we're thirsty. we're hungry. we have no home.
0ther makeshift camps are even bigger. but this, in the heart of the city, shows how quickly the country is unravelling. we don't want to go back to the era where our sisters and our education sector and the development sector was so shattered, we don't want to go back to that. today, fighting erupted around mazar—i—sharif. it was one of the last major cities still under government control and had been a bastion of anti—taliban resistance. by this evening, security forces were fleeing to the border with uzbekistan as the insurgents took it over. once in kandahar, their spiritual home, the taliban cemented their position with a flag—hoisting ceremony. finally addressing the nation this morning, president ghani didn't comment on rumours
he may resign. instead, simply promising to re—mobilise beleaguered forces. for now, for many people here in kabul, life is continuing more or less as normal but the taliban are getting closer and closer to the city and there is increasing concern that a fierce and protracted battle for control of kabul could be imminent. the speed of the taliban's advance has led to the us and uk together deploying more than 5,500 troops to afghanistan to repatriate their citizens and many of their embassy staff. many afghan cities are now being handed over to the taliban, following local deals with the security forces. that may be the only way to avoid even more suffering in kabul, too, but would mean an end to life here as residents know it. secunder kermani, bbc news, kabul. let's get some of
the day's other news. at least 10 people have been killed in a grenade attack on a truck in pakistan's largest city, karachi. the victims included four children, who were travelling home from a wedding on saturday night. ten other people were injured. no—one has yet admitted carrying out the attack. a plane sent to help battle wildfires in turkey has crashed, killing all eight people on board. russia's defence ministry reported that five of those who died were russians and three were turkish citizens. the aircraft came down while preparing to land. fires in southern turkey have caused widespread destruction in recent weeks. a massive search and rescue operation is continuing in northern turkey where at least 44 people have died in flash floods. the floods swept through the black sea region earlier this week, causing buildings to collapse and damaging roads, bridges and power lines. here in the uk, an investigation is underway
into a police decision to return a shotgun and a firearms licence to a man who went on to commit the country's worst mass shooting in a decade. 22—year—old jake davison's victims included his mother, a three—year—old girl and her father. davison also injured two other people before turning the gun on himself. jon kay reports. 200 miles from westminster, the home secretary came to plymouth to pay her respects. five people were shot dead by the gunman. the first was his mother, maxine davison. then there was lee martyn and his three—year—old daughter, sophie. 66—year—old kate shepherd, from cornwall, a talented artist. and stephen washington, who was 59 and killed while walking his dogs. it's tragic beyond words, really, really tragic. priti patel promised
to support the community, with specialist help for anyone left traumatised. she wouldn't comment on news that the gunman, jake davison, had his firearms licence returned to him last month, even though he posted hate—filled rants online. home secretary, should davison have had a gun? you say you want to reassure people here, a lot of people have questions about gun control. my brain can't process it, physically can't process that information i was given. chris says his family is reeling. not only was his auntie maxine shot dead, but it was her son that killed her. chris never met his cousin jake davison and doesn't understand what has gone so catastrophically wrong. it's impossible, you can't plan for this, you can't see the next day or the day after or the day after, you just literally take each day as it comes. but ijust know that, as a family, they will come
together, be there for each other and try to understand this horrendous thing that's happened. and also the other four innocent people that had no part in this. i'm sorry to everybody going through this, it must be the worst thing in the world and i can't even imagine to understand. among those grieving are the family of three—year—old sophie martyn and her father lee, apparently shot at random as they walked home together. they were definitely a pair, little one running around and, you know, eating all the ice creams. 0nly last month, sam wright was watching the euros with them at the anchorage pub. you know, hejust absolutely doted on her, she was an amazing little girl and he was a great dad. she hasn't even started her life, she is so little and it's just, yeah, it's terrible. silence this afternoon at plymouth argyle's match. concerts have been cancelled. 48 hours on, this city has so many questions. as the community grieves,
detectives investigate. here at the scene where the shootings began on thursday night and at 12 other locations around this area. and it's notjust members of the public who witnessed these attacks that are being offered counselling — so, too, are members of the police force. jon kay, bbc news, plymouth. this is bbc news. the headlines: at least 30a people have died in a powerful earthquake in haiti — the prime minister has issued a month—long state of emergency. the last major city in northern afghanistan, mazar—i—sharif, falls to the taliban, as president biden defends his decision to pull out us troops. let's stay with that story and bring you a breaking update. the afghan city of jalalabad has fallen to the taliban. it was the only significant city outside the capital, kabul, not controlled by the militant group. the fall almost complete
the taliban's dramatic surge through the country, which began in may but accelerated dramatically in the last week. on saturday it seized control of the city of mazar—i—sharif, the last government stronghold in the north of the country. colin clark was an advisor to hr mcmaster, the former us national security advisor. he gave me his thoughts on why the taliban's advisor because afghanistan has been so fast. to start with, they have been preparing, laying the groundwork for the last two decades. moreover, trump administration telegraphed that the united states would withdraw its troops, when president biden confirmed that in april, it essentially told the taliban that this was a calendar based withdrawal, not a condition spaced withdrawal, and so they prepared quite quickly and they are now executing the strategy. what about kabul? _ executing the strategy. what about kabul? they _ executing the strategy. what about kabul? they are - executing the strategy. what about kabul? they are now l executing the strategy. what about kabul? they are now about
an hour's drive away from the capital. is it inevitable that kabul will fall to the taliban? you know, it is seeming like it more and more each day. if you would have asked me even a month ago, i would have said not necessarily, not necessarily inevitable. something still may prevent it from being sacked. however, the taliban understand and recognise the strategic importance of taking kabul, and they may very well try to do so and use it in the propaganda to mark the 20th anniversary of the september 11 attacks. that is my great concern. jae the september 11 attacks. that is my great concern.— is my great concern. joe biden has publicly — is my great concern. joe biden has publicly said _ is my great concern. joe biden has publicly said that - is my great concern. joe biden has publicly said that he - is my great concern. joe biden has publicly said that he has . has publicly said that he has no regrets with withdrawing us troops from the country, but behind closed doors in washington, is there a feeling that this was premature or badly managed? i that this was premature or badly managed? i mean, there has to be. _ badly managed? i mean, there has to be, right? _ badly managed? i mean, there has to be, right? even - badly managed? i mean, there has to be, right? even the - badly managed? i mean, there | has to be, right? even the most staunch supporters of the withdrawal at this point, i think, if they were being honest, would have to admit this has been poorly managed. not only in its execution, but
in the way the administration has communicated its strategy, or in this case, lack thereof, to the broader american public, to the broader american public, to us allies, it seems a very incorrect, it seems very hasty and abrupt. —— very inchoate. the result is what we are seeing today on the ground in afghanistan, it is pure chaos. if the taliban to eventually gain full control of the country, what can the west do to stop afghanistan becoming a hotbed for radicalisation and potentially lead to another september 11?— potentially lead to another september 11? potentially lead to another setember11? , ., september 11? the west can do very little- _ september 11? the west can do very little- we _ september 11? the west can do very little. we would _ very little. we would essentially be fighting the same fight that we have been fighting, except with no ground forces, with a very few eyes and ears in the country. it will be like fighting with one hand tied behind our back. if the taliban does take afghanistan, which again, seems more and more likely, i have no doubt that al-qaeda, haqqani networks, all sorts ofjihadist groups in the broader region, will rebuild their networks and
will rebuild their networks and will begin seeking to lodge external operations, not only in the region but also in the west. ., . ~' in the region but also in the west. ., ., ~ , , ., ~ ., west. colin clark speaking to me earlier. _ west. colin clark speaking to me earlier. you _ west. colin clark speaking to me earlier. you can - west. colin clark speaking to me earlier. you can get - west. colin clark speaking to | me earlier. you can get much more on this story on the bbc news website, bbc .com/ news. you can also download the bbc news app, of course. injapan, officials have told nearly two million people to evacuate, as torrential rain continues to batter western parts of the country. at least one person has died, with three missing. the bbc�*s azadeh moshiri reports. streets submerged, flooded by torrential rain. nearly 2 million people injapan have been urged to evacuate their homes and seek shelter. sirens. the government sending more than 150 troops, police and firefighters to help. with rescuers using lifeboats to tote the vulnerable through flooded roads. and digging through mud to look for the missing.
translation: i heard a loud noise and thought it was an earthquake, when i went outside i was surprised to see mud, stones and trees scattered around. i'm scared because even more rain is forecast for the area. according to the government, at least 1a rivers have burst their banks with western japan hit the hardest. the areas of saga, nagasaki, fukuoka and hiroshima are under the country's highest emergency level. and now tales of the human cost are circulating. one woman died when two houses were swept away in nagasaki. her husband and daughter are still missing. another man disappeared after he tried to secure his boat in a swollen river. officials are warning more downpours are to come. and with them, more tales of the missing.
azadeh moshiri, bbc news. australia's most populous state, new south wales, has awoken to a statewide lockdown, with the premier warning of difficult months ahead. more than a0 people have died in this current outbreak with tighter restrictions coming into play, including increased fines for covid breaches. the scott morrison has announced more than $1 million of the —— 1 million doses of the vaccine have been secured from poland and will be a straight —— arriving in australia this evening local time, so that is great news. vaccine supply has been an issue in australia, and that rollout is far behind the rest of the developed world. currently only about a quarter of australians have been vaccinated, and that is a big part of the reason why they are struggling with current outbreaks. as we have seen in other parts of the world, the delta variant is running rampant, and they are really struggling to get on top of it and not burden their help system. that is currently the case in sydney, with this
lockdown we are seeing. the good news is that half of those doses from poland will be going directly into those hardest—hit outbreak areas. ﬁnd directly into those hardest-hit outbreak areas.— directly into those hardest-hit outbreak areas. and in terms of these tighter — outbreak areas. and in terms of these tighter restrictions - outbreak areas. and in terms of these tighter restrictions in - these tighter restrictions in new south wales but we mentioned, what are they and what are they hoping to achieve?— what are they hoping to achieve? , ., , achieve? greater sydney has been in lockdown _ achieve? greater sydney has been in lockdown for - achieve? greater sydney has been in lockdown for seven l been in lockdown for seven weeks already. stay at home measures in place there. this is an extension of that across to the local government areas in the remainder of the state, essentially, not everybody is following the rules. there are still people doing the wrong thing, still too much movement, and so the virus is continuing to spread. they hope by tightening restrictions and increasing penalties, they might be able to get on top of the spread. some of those new measures include restricting and greater sydney the ten kilometre radius to five kilometres. that means people are only allowed to leave their homes to shop or exercise, for example, within that radius. they have also increased fines. $5,000 for people caught breaching self isolation rules for lying to a contact tracer,
a $3000 fine for breaching the 2—person outdoor exercise limitation. and of course now regional areas of the state are also seeing hospitality venues, cafes, restaurants and be like being shut down as well. that we have just recently heard from the premier in the last hour. she has been talking about the need for people to take responsibility for their actions, and that everybody has actions, and that everybody has a role to play in this. so essentially, she is saying, stay at home, this is a choice, and you need to stay put and get vaccinated. people have been flocking to seaside resort on england's east coast after the graffiti artist banksy said he was behind a series of holiday themed works. one of them has become such hot property that the new owner has had to move it to a secret location. jenny kirk has more. is it or isn't it? the question on everyone's lips for the last week has been answered. i absolutely love it. i think it's wonderful it's come this way to lowestoft. i think it's the best thing that's happened to this town in years, to be honest. for some, this is vandalism, to others, it's art.
and instead of removing it, the local council says they are beyond excited, it's a real boost for great yarmouth and lowestoft. everybody that's seen these pieces has smiled, everybody has had pleasure from what he's put out there and that's a wonderful thing to be able to do. hundreds of thousands of people can go and see the artwork and it will make them smile. this is how the elusive artist whose work sells for millions ended the speculation. by posting online his spraycation. but there is less good news for king's lynn, banksy�*s reimagining of a prominent statue with an ice cream cone has already been removed. at maryville model village, they've had substantial offers for their banksy. but they are not selling.
the public unfortunately weren't respecting it, they were trying to climb over, get up close with and we were fearful it was going to get damaged so we had to move it off site and with the news last night, the insurance company insisted we put it in a secure facility. how now to protect and capitalise on his work, a nice problem to have. special to know that banksy actually was here! jenny kirk, bbc news. let's recap our breaking news this hour. the afghan city of jalalabad has volunteered to the taliban. it was the only significant city outside of the capital, kabul, but wasn't controlled by the militant group. reports say the city, 150 kilometres or about 90 miles to the east of kabul, was handed over to the militants without a fight after mediation by tribal leaders. the capture of jalalabad followed the fall of jalalabad followed the fall of the city of masada initiative, the last government stronghold in the north of
afghanistan. —— mazar—i—sharif. the taliban's search began in may but increased dramatically last week. you can keep up to date with story on the bbc news and bbc news app. hello. it is turning into a very mixed but not particularly dramatic weekend of weather. saturday brought a bit of sunshine, a bit of rain for some. it's a similar mix as we head into sunday. a couple of frontal systems, this curl of a weather front here bringing rain for parts of northern ireland, england and wales at times. this front pushing into northern scotland promises some pretty hefty showers. and in between, some zones of drier, brighter weather. some patchy rain likely to push across east anglia and the south—east through sunday morning, but then brighter skies follow, at least for a time. more cloud for wales and the south—west, spots of rain here. some rain for a time in northern england, but northern ireland should brighten up with some sunshine.
quite a lot of dry weather for southern and central parts of scotland, but northern scotland will see some showers. and it will feel decidedly cool here, highest temperatures across parts of eastern england up to 23 degrees. so, we will see areas of cloud and some showery rain continuing through sunday evening, but most places turn dry into the early hours of monday. notice quite a lot of cloud out west by this stage, and overnight temperatures generally between ten and 1a degrees. so, as we start monday, we have low pressure to the north—east of us, high pressure attempting to build from the west. we are essentially trapped between the two, and that brings a north—westerly wind across the uk, not a particularly warm north—westerly wind, i have to say, and one that will also introduce quite a lot of cloud, especially across western areas. that cloud bringing in some showery rain at times. the best of the sunshine across eastern scotland, down across the eastern side of england, but temperatures will struggle. 16 to 20, maybe 21 degrees in the south of england,
that's the very best we can expect. and then as we get on into tuesday, again, we can expect lots of cloud, some showery rain here and there. we've still got that north—westerly wind, so temperatures are going to be a little disappointing for this point in mid—august. a high of 17 perhaps in aberdeen, 19 in cardiff, 20 there in london. and as we head through the middle part of the week, we keep that north—westerly flow across the uk and we keep that feed of cloud. now, it is not going to be cloudy all the time, that cloud will break to give some sunny spells, but generally speaking, if you expect lots of cloud, you won't go too far wrong. temperatures will struggle, though, high teens or low 20s.
you are watching bbc news. the headlines: the taliban have seized the eastern afghan city of jalalabad as they continue their rapid advance towards the capital, kabul. it's now the only major city still under government control. it follows the capture of the northern city of mazar—i—sharif. us president biden has been defending his decision to pull out us troops from the country. at least 30a people have died in a powerful earthquake in haiti. the prime minister says there is extensive damage and has declared a month—long state of emergency. haiti is still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake, which killed 200,000 people. tributes have been paid to the plymouth shooting victims as questions are asked of police about why a shotgun licence was returned to the man who killed five people. the decision is being examined by the independent police watchdog.
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