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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm monica miller. the headlines. food is running out and there's very little shelter — warnings of a catastrophe in pakistan after heavy monsoon floods. we have 3,000 kilometres of roads have been washed away, 160 bridges, many bridges have been destroyed. it is a really bad situation. ready for lift off — a return to the moon foramerica, heralding a new era of space exploration. in just a few hours,
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this will be blasting off, our first step in the return to the moon for the first time in 50 years. legacy of covid — the new zealand museum collection recording the country's response to the pandemic. and europe's biggest carnival returns to the streets of london after a three—year break due to the pandemic. welcome to bbc news. we begin in pakistan, where more than 1,000 people have now
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died in floods described by the country's foreign minister as a catastrophe. bilawal bhutto—zardari told the bbc the disaster was on a scale he has never seen before. pakistan's government has issued a fresh appeal for more international aid. heavy rains have caused flooding sincejune — overwhelming rivers. around one—sixth of the population are said to have been affected — with millions left homeless. officials in the southern province of sindh are warning that more floods and landslides are likely there, as waters come downstream. 0ur correspondent pumza fihlani has the latest. local aid agencies in pakistan say they are doing what they can, but there simply aren't enough resources for everyone. as seen here — within minutes, the food runs out... ..and the team is forced to leave quickly. the picture is the same around the country. translation: we left our homes in a hurry and couldn't gather- all our supplies to cook. some days we are able to eat, other days we have nothing.
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there is heavy flooding across sindh province, where thousands of mud homes have sunk underwater. roads have been flushed away. we have more than 3,000 kilometres of roads that have been washed away. bridges, 160 plus bridges have been destroyed as well so it is really, really, a very, very bad situation here. remote communities have been left isolated, making it difficult for aid workers to reach them. this is not a river. these are flooded waters that have come in from weeks and weeks of rain. the boat that we're on at the moment usually works as a fishing boat, but it's become a lifeline for people in these sorts of remote villages. fishermen every day spend their time not fishing, but coming out to look for people. we come across a family surrounded by water. they tell us they will not move. "we've suffered great
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loss, but we cannot leave," she tells me. "everything we have left is here and we cannot leave it behind". charities in the uk are doing their best to try officials say it's becoming clear the worst is not over. this has really engulfed us all. with rivers continuing to overflow and flash floods, officials are still worried the worst is still coming. the floods in pakistan have devastated communities the length of the country from sindh in the south — to the mountains. in the northern province of khyber pakhtunkhwa, where dramatic pictures of a rescue emerged. towards the bottom of the screen, there's a boy,
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stranded in the middle of what was usually a stream but had become a raging river. an army helicopter managed to reach him, dipping to within feet of the rocks so that the child could climb on board. the helicopter had been assessing the extent of the floods near pattan in the north of the country when it was diverted to fly the boy to safety. 0ur correspondent farhat javed has reached one village in khyber pakhtunkhwa province where people are waiting for help. this tells the tale of the horrors mohammed farid has been through in the last 48 hours. he has just lost a young daughter, a piece of his heart, he tells us. a flash flood in the river kunhar washed her away and her dead body was found later in the evening.
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translation: she told me, "daddy, i'm going to collectl leaves for my goat." then i went looking for her after a while. there was a lot of water. she went to the bank of the river and a gush of water followed and took her away. kaghan valley is a popular tourist destination in the north of pakistan. but three days ago, a heavy downpour of rain triggered flash flooding, devastating the area. before it reached farid's daughter the inundations had already claimed at least 1a lives. this bridge was collapsed by the same flood. now the village on the other side is completely cut off for two days now. it will take some time to rebuild it, but people are worried. they are waiting for help and assistance to reach them. i am told that there was a small market here which was also swept away
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by these roaring waters. translation: they need rations and they need road link. - rations which was kept in the shops has been swept away in the flood. people are sitting there waiting for divine help. incessant rains and flooding have wreaked havoc across large areas of pakistan. millions of people have been affected and more than 700,000 homes destroyed. and the death toll continues to rise. translation: we had only one shop and three families to feed | on its income where my brother and i were working. everything was lost within seven minutes when the flood hit us. whoever comes here come for fun, make photos and goes back. rescue teams are struggling to reach villages and towns cut off by the damage, and pakistan's government has appealed to the international community to assist in coping
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with the calamity. charities, including some in the uk, are providing support to those affected by the floods in pakistan. yasrab shah is from the muslim hands charity. muslim hands was established in 1993 on the back of the balkan crisis, so we were born out of emergencies and 30 years later we have been dealing with emergencies, but nothing on this scale. sadly in many regions around the world. specifically in pakistan, our teams have been on the ground for six weeks now, providing aid and relief across the regional offices, throughout pakistan. but sadly, like the pakistan government, we have been completely overwhelmed if we are being honest, and we desperately need donors to come forward and support the people of pakistan in their desperate hour of need. food prices were already
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sky—high in pakistan, how are these floods going to impact food production? absolutely, you are quite right to mention that. the pakistani government, the economy was going through an economic crisis before this. the hot weather in may and june in the south of pakistan, followed by over eight weeks of torrential monsoon rains which have been incessant, which have brought great misery to many parts of the country. 50% of pakistan's land mass is underwater, with 33 million people affected. you get an idea of the scale. you are right to point out this will have a devastating effect on rural areas, especially in the punjab, central pakistan, which is really responsible for much of the agriculture or pakistan. sadly many crops have been washed away and those harvests have failed, no doubt. i have been at muslim hands for 16 years and i remember when we responded to the floods
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in pakistan in 2010 and 2011, and at that time 20 million people were affected and over 2,000 lives lost, well here, over 33 million have been affected and sadly in the last 2a hours, at least 119 people have lost their lives. so the scale of this disaster is the worst flooding disaster in pakistan's history. it is a huge worry, the people of pakistan moving forward. we are appealing to our donor base, as your report said, to provide people with cooked food and clean drinking water because of the spread of waterborne disease throughout the country and the provinces. as you mention, sadly, we expect things to get worse over the next few days, especially in the south, in sindh province, as the waters continue to move further south. we have had reports of glaciers in the north, actually melting and making the situation worse. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines.
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dutch police say the number of people killed when a truck veered off the road and rolled into a village barbecue has risen to six. seven others are being treated in hospital. the incident happened on saturday south of rotterdam. police say the 46—year—old spanish driver was suspected of causing the accident, and was not under the influence of alcohol. the ukrainian army has shelled a factory in the russian—occupied town of nova kakhovka on the dnipro river. a lawmaker for kherson region said the russians had set up a military command centre in the factory which produced naval equipment. a moscow—appointed official said missiles had hit the factory, the town itself and the local hydro—electric dam. austria says it's now backing an eu—wide cap on electricity prices, as they continue to rise in line with soaring gas prices. austria is heavily
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dependent on russian gas, but most of its electricity comes from renewables. austrian chancellor karl nehammer says the eu must not allow president putin to determine its electricity price every day. i want to tell you now about nasa, which is preparing to launch its new mega rocket that will return to the moon for the first time in 50 years. it's due to lift off monday afternoon from the kennedy space center in florida. this is the first of the artemis missions, if its successful, it will pave the way for humans to return to the lunar surface. 0ur science editor rebecca morelle reports from cape canaveral in florida. it's almost time. standing on launch pad 39b — the same one used by the apollo missions — the most powerful rockets nasa has ever built is ready for liftoff. the rocket is simply enormous,
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and it's only when you're standing here that you realise get a sense its size. and this is the last chance we'll see it up close. the launch pad is closing and fuelling is about to begin. because in just a few hours' time, this will be blasting off. the first step in our return to the moon for 50 years. we talk about moonshots chance as things that humans can do when we put our differences aside and we focus on the mission and do great things together. well, now we are going to have our own moonshot, right? this is our generation. we get to now say we did it. if we do this successfully monday, we have sent something like that, a human—rated spacecraft to the moon. for its maiden launch, the rockets will push a capsule called 0rion into deep space, where it will go into orbit around the moon before it returns to earth. no astronauts will be on board this time — this is a test flight. with such new technology, there are a lot of things
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that could go wrong. we have done so much testing on this rocket. we've been through integrated testing, we've tested everything from the smallest material to every system. we have done everything we can do on the ground to eliminate the risk. from here, it'sjust a matter of testing it in—flight, and that's what we are excited about doing monday. so much is riding on this. the next step is to get astronauts on board. nasa's ultimate plan is to land the first woman and the first person of colour on the lunar surface. along the causeways around cape canaveral, people are getting ready to watch the launch, setting up early to bag the best spot. hundreds of thousands are expected in the area. i'm really excited because it's one of the biggest rocket launches in 50 years. it's the largest so far that's going to be going up, and it will be extremely loud. i've been watching this stuff ever since, well, i watched this space landing in �*69. we live pretty close to where it's going to be launching, i so we are probablyjust - going to climb up on our roof
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and watch it from there! above the launch pad, the storms keep on coming. nasa will need a break in the clouds to get this rocket off the ground. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme. from government messaging posters to viral images — a new museum collection in new zealand reflects its response to covid—19. she received the nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and the dying in the indian slums, the head of the catholic church said mother teresa was a wonderful example of how to help people in need. we had to identify the bodies and then arrange the coffins and take them back home, their parents are waiting and their wives are waiting. hostages appeared, some carried, some running,
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trying to escape the nightmare behind them. britain lost a princess today. described by all to whom she reached out as irreplaceable, an early morning car crash in a paris underpass ended a life with more than its share of pain and courage, warmth and compassion. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm monica miller in singapore. 0ur headlines. pakistan's foreign minister says flooding is a catastrophe on a scale never seen before, with millions now in desperate need of shelter.
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nasa is counting down to the lift—off of its most powerful moon rocket ever, 50 years after the last apollo mission. in other news now, the us navy says the passage of two of its warships through the taiwan strait on sunday "demonstrates the united states' commitment to a free and open indo—pacific." china put its military on high alert, viewing such actions as provocative. the warships are the first american vessels to make their way through the strait since china began military exercises in the waters around taiwan, in response to a recent visit by us house speaker nancy pelosi. paul huang, a research fellow for taiwanese public 0pinion foundation, says there is overwhelming public support in taiwan for the us navy's gesture. well, the united states and most other countries in the region, they consider most part of the taiwan strait
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as international water, which means that by international law that these ships, including warships, have the right of freedom of navigation through it. the chinese government, the officials recently have made remarks. they're sort of implying that they consider taiwan strait as an internal waterway of china. now, obviously, these statements were strongly rejected by the united states. and our poll found that an overwhelming majority of 81% taiwanese, they reject this claim as well. they don't agree that taiwan is china's internal waterway. so we can see why the majority of the taiwanese public, they would welcome these us naval vessels and to some extent the other western navy sailing their warships across the strait. since they see these activities as a gesture of support for taiwan and challenging china's ambition and aggressions. 0bviously, whether these
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activities themselves are proof that the united states and other western nations would come to taiwan's defense during a war, that's totally another question. explosive demolition experts have brought down two 100—metre—tall residential tower blocks outside the indian capital, delhi. a nine—year dispute ended with a supreme court ruling that the twin towers violated construction standards. nearly four tonnes of explosive were used in the operation. 5,000 residents were evacuated, along with hundreds of their pets. let's turn to new zealand now, where the national museum is working to preserve a collection of items that help reflect the country's response to covid—19. the ever expanding collection tells the narrative of how the public mood shifted throughout the pandemic. it includes everything from government messaging posters to viral images. claire regnault is senior curator of history and art
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at te papa museum. i asked her what sparked the idea to create this collection. well, the covid—19 pandemic is a global event, affecting the entire world economically, politically, socially. the museum is engaged in history and looking at connecting the past with the present, contemporary collecting is an important part of our agenda. and we wanted to be able to, isuppose, collect as the pandemic unfolded in the moment. so we can tell those stories in the future and learn from them. what are some of the items you have collected so far? in the early days when we went into a lockdown, march 2020, for five weeks or so, the entire country locked down.
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during that we collected a lot of responses to the pandemic. people using creativity as a way to deal with the pandemic and understand what was happening. we collected a beautiful set of 26 viruses made by a textile artist, who made them every day in response to the scientific images being produced. very much trying to understand the unseen. they are very artistic, very beautiful, images of the virus, they helped us materialise something we can't see. we had a jeweller who was responding to the information about how long the virus lasted on certain surfaces. again, all of that messaging about not touching, which is such a human thing that we do. she created a finger protector
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to use on atm machines, in the form of a beautiful moth, with a copper tongue, which was one of the material that the virus doesn't last long on. with new zealand under a major lockdown, there were changes in mood, and even some protests. there was a particular t—shirt that caught your eye? yes, we have an amazing t—shirt by a chinese new zealand artist who lives in christchurch. very early in the lockdown, it was a response to the virus. her family comes from wuhan and at the time there were so much vitriol being directed at wuhan. it became very personalised, people had become statistics. her t—shirt, on the front it says, "i am from wuhan, the city is not a virus, i am not a virus."
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and on the back, a tombstone with the death toll numbers, and the fact that these people were passing away without names and had become media fodder. in new zealand and many places around the world, unfortunately, many local new zealanders, receiving abuse... the notting hill carnival has returned to the streets of west london for the first time in three years following the pandemic. europe's largest carnival could have up to two million people attending the two—day festival. greg mckenzie has the story. welcome to notting hill carnival! the world's second biggest carnival is back, after being cancelled last year and the year before due to the pandemic. the festivities began this morning with a 72—second silence observed to remember those who died in the grenfell tower tragedy five years ago. the remains of the building
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are close by and visible here on the carnival route. carnival means a lot to us. and grenfell, this is something that is really close to our hearts. grenfell was a tragedy that should have never happened, and... ..we will never forget. the notting hill carnival has been taking place in west london since the 1960s, created to celebrate the lives of those who left the caribbean to come to britain to help rebuild the country following two world wars — many arriving on the ship the windrush. today is traditionally known as children's day as many of them are competing for the title of best costume. 0n offer, plenty of caribbean food, drinks, colourful costumes and, of course, live music — sounds from the caribbean. i've not been on children's day before, but this is the year!
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and we want to... blows horn. i think after two years - of missing it, just to come out and see the people, the food, the smells, i the sounds, it's all fantastic. i'll have to look around and find out where my jamaican roots are from. so i'm from america, and it's my first time. it sounds exciting, it looks exciting. so are we going to see you wining later? of course! what started as a few hundred people gathering on the august bank holiday, decades ago, this event has now manifested into europe's biggest street festival, with over two million people expected over two days. there is a visible police presence, and as the festivities come to a close at around 8pm, the focus and attention will turn to tomorrow for the main event, adult�*s day. greg mckenzie, bbc news. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news.
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hello. the bank holiday weekend continues for most parts of the uk and the dry weather continues for most as well. but there will be some contrast in our weather fortunes through monday. the warmest and sunniest weather will be found in the south and the west, where you have some shelter from a keen north—easterly breeze blowing around this area of high pressure centred to the north of us. along the northern and eastern coasts, where you are exposed to that breeze, there will be a lot of cloud, even some showers through the morning. also a bit of showery rain first thing around some of these irish sea coasts, most of that will tend to ease. through the day, we will keep quite a lot of cloud around the northern and eastern areas, more sunshine across western scotland, northern ireland, parts of wales, the south west of england. there will be some showers
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around as well blown along on this brisk breeze, but many places will around but many places will avoid the showers and remain dry. temperatures, some north sea coasts only getting into 1a or 15 degrees, compare that with a possible 25 in parts of north cornwall and north devon. as we go through monday night, we will continue to see areas of cloud across northern and eastern parts, a little patchy rain here and there. clear spells further south and west. it does remain fairly breezy. for most, that should hold temperatures up to 9 degrees for aberdeen, 13 for cardiff and plymouth. as we go through this week, we are going to see more dry weather. it may turn just a little bit warmer for some of us around the middle part of the week. there is a chance of rain later but some uncertainty about exactly who will see that. tuesday, a lot of dry weather, a fair amount of cloud particularly towards the north—east. one or two showers further west, that is where we will see the best of the sunshine.
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quite breezy across eastern and southern areas. the breeze is quite brisk on the channel coast, 2a in cardiff. further north in glasgow, a high of 18. deep into the week, the high pressure looks set to retreat northwards. a frontal system pushing in from the west, and showers drifting up from the south. uncertainty about how it will play out, but it looks like increasing chance of rain towards the end of the week and into the weekend. i suspect some places will not see very much and stay predominantly dry.
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we will have the headlines and all the new stories for you at the top of the hour as the news continues straight after hardtalk. welcome to hardtalk, i'm stephen sackur. not only has ukraine been irrevocably changed by vladimir putin's military aggression, so has russia. putin has used the conflict to crack down harder on dissent and instil an ever more strident brand of nationalism. that made life in moscow unbearable for my guest today. pinchas goldschmidt was chief rabbi of moscow till he fled from russia and left his post. his fate has exposed the scale of widerjewish flight


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