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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. the headlines — food is running out, and there's very little shelter — warnings of a catastrophe in pakistan, after heavy monsoon floods. we have more than 3000 kilometres of roads that have been washed away, 160 plus bridges have been destroyed as well, so it is really, really, really, very bad situation here. ready for lift off — a return to the moon foramerica, heralding a new era of space exploration. injusta injust a few in just a few hours' injust a few hours' time, this will_ injust a few hours' time, this
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will be — injust a few hours' time, this will be blasting off. the first step — will be blasting off. the first step in — will be blasting off. the first step in our return to the moon for 50 — step in our return to the moon for 50 years. legacy of covid — the new zealand museum collection, recording the country's response to the pandemic. music and europe's biggest carnival returns to the streets of london, after a three—year break, due to the pandemic. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news. it's newsday. welcome to bbc news. we begin in pakistan, where more than a thousand people have now 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.
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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,
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other days we have nothing. 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.
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"we've suffered great 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 and make up forthat, including nottingham—based muslim hands. 0ur teams are across the area, but we are being overwhelmed. i wouldn't want to pretend. rivers are continuing to overflow, with flash floods in some parts of the country. officials say it's becoming clear the worst is not over. pumza fihlan, bbc news, sindh. 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 here, there's a boy, stranded in the middle of what was usually a stream but had become a raging river.
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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, where people are waiting for help. this grim face tells the tale of the horrors moment has been through in the last 48 hours. he has just lost a young daughter. the piece of his heart, he tells us. we flash flood in the river washed her away. and her dead body was found later in the evening.
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translation:— found later in the evening. translation: she told me, dadd , i translation: she told me, daddy. i am _ translation: she told me, daddy, i am going _ translation: she told me, daddy, i am going to - translation: she told me, daddy, i am going to collect| daddy, i am going to collect leaves for my coat. 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 a gush of water followed and took her in.— and a gush of water followed and took her in. this valley is and took her in. this valley is a pepular _ and took her in. this valley is a popular tourist _ and took her in. this valley is a popular tourist destination | 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 his daughter, the inundation side already claimed at least 14 lives. this bridge was collapsed by the same flood. now, the village on the other side is completely cut off, for two days now. that will take some time to rebuild it but people are worried. they are waiting to help and assistance to reach them. i am told that there was a small marketeer, which was also swept away by these roaring waters. translation:-
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these roaring waters. translation: , ., translation: they need a road link. they need _ translation: they need a road link. they need russians - translation: they need a road link. they need russians with i link. they need russians with the people are sitting there waiting for divine help. what my presence rains and flooding have leaked —— wreaked havoc across large areas of pakistan to stop millions of people have been affected and more than 700,000 been affected and more than 700,00' ., , been affected and more than 700,00 ., , , ., 700,000 homes destroyed, and the death toll _ 700,000 homes destroyed, and the death toll continues - 700,000 homes destroyed, and the death toll continues to - the death toll continues to rise. translation: we had only one sho - , translation: we had only one sho, and translation: we had only one shop, and three _ translation: we had only one shop, and three families - translation: we had only one shop, and three families to - shop, and three families to feed on its income, where will my brother and i were working. everything was lost within seven minutes when the flood hit us. whoever comes circle becomes profound, makes photos and goes back. becomes profound, makes photos and goes back-— and goes back. rescue teams are stru: calin and goes back. rescue teams are struggling to _ and goes back. rescue teams are struggling to reach _ and goes back. rescue teams are struggling to reach villages - struggling to reach villages and towns cut off by the damage, and pakistan's government has appealed to the international community to assist in helping with the
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calamity. charities, including some with the 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 backin muslim hands was established back in 1993 on the back of the balkan crisis, so we have been born out of emergencies. we have been dealing with emergencies but nothing on this scale, and sadly in many many regions around the world, and specifically here in pakistan, our teams have actually been on the ground for some six weeks now, providing aid and relief across our regional offices throughout pakistan. but sadly, like the pakistan government themselves, we are being completely overwhelmed if we are completely honest and we desperately need our donors to come forward and support the people of pakistan in the desperate hour of need. i people of pakistan in the desperate hour of need. i mean, food prices _ desperate hour of need. i mean, food prices were _ desperate hour of need. i mean, food prices were already - food prices were already sky—high in pakistan. how are these floods going to impact food production?— food production? well, absolutely, _ food production? well, absolutely, you - food production? well, absolutely, you are - food production? well, l absolutely, you are quite food production? well, - absolutely, you are quite right to mention that. the pakistani
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government itself, the economy was going through an economic crisis before this, the hot weather that started in may, in june, especially in the south of pakistan, followed by over eight weeks of torrential monsoon rains, which have been insistent, have brought great misery to great parts of the country. when you consider something like 50% of pakistan's landmasses underwater with 33 million people infected, you get an idea of the scale. you are quite right to point out that this will have a devastating effect on those rural areas, especially the punjab, central pakistan, which is responsible for much of the agriculture of pakistan. many of those hops have washed away —— crops washed away, and the harvests have failed. i remember when we responded to the pakistan floods back in 2010 and 2011, and at that time 20 million people were affected and over 200,000's lives lost, here over 33 million people have been affected and sadly in the last
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24 hours alone, at least 119 people have lost their lives. so the scale of this disaster is actually something to eclipse the worst flooding disaster in the entire of pakistan �*s history. so it is a huge worry and especially for the people of pakistan moving forward. we are very much at the moment appealing to our donor base to give, to provide people with cooked food and clean drinking water because of the spread of waterborne diseases throughout the country and throughout the provinces, and throughout the provinces, and sadly as you mentioned, we are expecting things to actually get worse over the next few days, especially the south, as the waters from the north continue to move further down south and sadly we are also having reports of glaciers in the north actually melting and making the situation that much worse. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. 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.
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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 dependent on russian gas, but most of its electricity comes from renewables. the country's chancellor says the eu must not allow president vladimir putin to determine its electricity price every day.
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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 caneveral in florida. it's almost time. standing on launch pad 39b — the same one used by the apollo missions — the most powerful rocket nasa has ever built is ready for liftoff. the rocket is simply enormous, 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.
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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 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 lunch, 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 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
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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 i watched this space landing in '69. - the weather might have other ideas, though. above the launch pad, the storms keep on coming. nasa will need a break in the clouds to get this rocket off the ground. rebecca morelle, bbc news, at the kennedy space center, florida.
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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. he's the first african american to win the presidential receiving a nobel peace prize, the head of the catholic church that mother teresa was example of how to help people in need. we have to identify the bodies and then get the coffins, take them back on. parents are waiting, wives are waiting. hostages appeared, some carried, — hostages appeared, some carried, some running, trying to escape _ carried, some running, trying to escape the nightmare behind them _
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written lost a princess today, described by all whom she reached out as irreplaceable. an early—morning car crash in a paris underpass ended alive with more than its share of pain and courage, warmth and compassion. this is newsday on the bbc. 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. 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
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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 opinion 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 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 sort of implying that they
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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 they do not 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 through 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 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.
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in india, 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.five —— 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 at te papa museum. i asked her what sparked the idea to create this collection. the covid—19 pandemic is a global event, affecting the entire world economically,
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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, i suppose, 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. during that we collected a lot of responses to the pandemic, people using creativity as a way to deal with 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
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in response to the scientific images being produced, very much trying to understand the unseen. for us, they are very artistic, very beautiful. images of the virus were. 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, with the virus, all of that messaging about not touching, which is such a human thing that we do. she created a finger protector to use on atm machines, in the form of a beautiful moth with a copper tongue, which was one of the materials that the virus doesn't last long on. with new zealand under a major
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lockdown, there were changes in mood, and even some protests. is there 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 was so much vitriol being directed at wuhan. it became very depersonalised, 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." and on the back, a tombstone with some of the death toll numbers, and the fact that these people were passing away without names and had just
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sort of 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 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
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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! 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, the sounds, - it's all fantastic. i'll have to look around and find out where myjamaican
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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. imagine you're about to take part in a live interview for television like this one. well, in part in a live interview for television like this one. well, in an part in a live interview for television like this one. well, in an unexpected part in a live interview for television like this one. well, in an unexpected turn part in a live interview for television like this one. well, in an unexpected turn of events, the sports commentator was interrupted by this feline visitor, just as he was about to make his contribution.
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promptly smacking him and showing him who is boss. it certainly made him paws for thought. i couldn't help myself. thank you for watching bbc news. the bank holiday weekend continues for most parts of the uk. the dry weather continues foremost as well. they will be some contrast in our weather fortunes through monday. the warmest and sunny weather will be in the south and west where you have a shelter from a key north—easterly breeze, blowing around the area of high pressure, send to the north of us. along the northern and eastern coast we are exposed to the breeze they will be a lot of cloud, even showers through the morning, and showery ran around the irish sea coasts, mostly tending to ease. the
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showers were not along the breeze, but many places will avoid the showers, stay dry. as far as temperatures go, north sea coast getting to 14, 15 degrees, compared to a possible 25 and parts of north cornwall and north devon. as we go through monday night, at low areas of cloud across northern and eastern parts giving a little bit of patchy rain. the response further south. it remains fairly breezy. for most, the temperature should be “p most, the temperature should be up around nine degrees for aberdeen, 13 for carter. same for plymouth. as we go through the week, we're going to see more dry weather, it may turn just a little bit warmer around the middle part of the week. there is a chance of rain later today, but some uncertainty — of whom will see that. through tuesday, a lot of dry weather, fair cloud around the north—east, one or two showers further west. that is what
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you'll see the best of the sunshine. still breezy across eastern and southern areas, quite brisk, actually through some channel coast. further north and glasgow, a high of 18. looking deep into the week, the area of high pressure looks set to retreat to the north. 0ne frontal system pushing from the west and ashoori lowe drifting up from the south. uncertainty about how this will pay out but it does look like there is increasing chance of rain as we head towards the end of the week and into the weekend. i suspect there will be places i don't see very much and stay predominantly dry.
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this is bbc news. we will have the headlines and all the main news stories for you at the top of the hour, straight after this programme. hello. today, ukrainians should be celebrating 31 years of independence from soviet rule. instead, there's a grimmer anniversary. it's exactly six months since the start of the war. i want to look back at the journalism over those months. what does the reporting taught us about the war? and what has the war taught us about the media? i'm joined byjournalists who've been in ukraine and are there now and some
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