tv Anderson Cooper 360 CNN November 9, 2013 1:00am-2:01am PST
hurricane sandy and katrina combined. the powerful storm plowed through the island leaving homes and buildings destroyed. government officials say many devastated areas will be uninhabitable for months. >> the country's president says they are facing a problem. >> reporter: this was in the direct path of the storm. this reporter was forced inside as the storm barrelled in and watched the street below him become a flood zone. water from the storm as high as 10 feet in some areas, two barges near the city of bahol were left stranded. crew members abandoned ship by
jumping into the turning water trying to scramble back to land. as of now, one of the crew remains missing. the typhoon came with warning. 125,000 people seeked shelters and in some places the cleanup has begun but aid workers haven't been able to each some of the hardest hit areas. as we said, it is as these things are always still a very fluid situation. that said, i want to try to get a read on what is happening on the ground starting with paula hancox in manila. what damage has this caused? >> reporter: there is extensive flooding and debris floating in the water going down the streets of the cities, as though they are rivers. we know there is extensive damage and houses damaged.
we just don't know how wad it is, though. the sheer scale of the super typhoon means there is so much area to cover and it's just become light here. the military planes are just about to take off and will go and fly over the area to get the first aerial survey how bad it is and also to see exactly who needs help, how they can get the aid to them and if they can land in the area, of course. they don't know if the landing strips and helicopter pads will be flooded, as well and if they have to i'm pro vice? >> how long until they get a sense of the overview? >> reporter: well, they are not giving us any kind of sense. i would guess it would be a day or two before we know just how bad it is. certainly, the initial flights are going to be going over in the next couple hours. we know some aid agencies have started their long journeys down to the area from manila furtherer south in central philippines, which has been hit hard.
the red cross for one, said they are going down with aid but believe it will take 18 hours to reach some of the hardest hit areas. they do have people on the ground. they planned ahead. this is not the first typhoon this country has seen, that's for sure and they say they have some aid with them. but of course, they have no communications with the people on the ground. so it's difficult to coordinate and extremely difficult to know how bad it is. >> the country is used to typhoons but never seen anything this strong, correct? >> reporter: no, absolutely not, and it seems as though the whole world has never seen anything this strong. this is above and beyond anything the philippines would certainly be used to. the hope is that people actually heeded the warnings and they actually listened to the president when he went on air and said this is a very real danger.
there is a desperate hope people listened and people in low lying areas moved inland and those who live on the coast moved away, because we've seen footage of the storm surge and we've seen houses being carried away. so we certainly hope that people listened to those warnings and of course, some of these houses are flimsy, poor structure houses. typhoon haiyan is still on the move and still deadly. chad myers tracking the storm. put it in perspective, how devastating and big is it? >> it's bigger than anything we've seen in america, anderson. it's the wind force of 195 mile per hour storm, knocked everything down, tore trees out of the ground. if trees are there, it ripped bark off. it's a 20-mile wide f 4 tornado across the country.
we don't have the worst pictures. we may not get them for days. this will take a long time to clean up. there is a bowling ball that rolled through the islands you talked about and everything got knocked out with the wind. the wind also generated a huge wave, a huge storm surge. i can see 40 or 50 feet coming into some of these towns and cities you're talking about. there is damage everywhere and we can't get a handle on it because we've never seen damage from 195-mile per hour wind in a hurricane, only in a tornado. >> particularly on an island where structures are not that well made we're talking about all variety, all manner of structures. the storm is dangerous and heading where, vietnam? >> vietnam. it's back out into the ocean and as it gets into the warm water, it may actually stay fairly strong. by tomorrow thinking category four or equal to what is a category four hurricane.
they still call it typhoon. no longer a super typhoon because it's not above 150 anymore, it's 145, like we'll split hairs at 145. making landfall somewhere close to danang. can you explain where you are and what you have been seeing and hearing? >> reporter: yeah, we're on the island on the central islands of the philippines. we're here because of the earthquake that came through about three weeks ago. so people were severely damaged over 34,000 homes destroyed as the typhoon came through, most of those people were living in temporary shelters or under tarpaulins. we had them moving into whatever hard shelters did exist. this island got massive amounts
of rain over the 24 hour period. we've seen a lot of flooding. there's reports of land slides. we've got houses damaged and in addition to that so many temporary shelters have been blown away in the wind. >> did people have a place to go, a place to evacuate, too? >> it depended where they were. there were definitely some schools that were not totally destroyed during the earthquake. there were some homes that survived, but it was definitely working together to get people into the hard shelters. >> do you have any sense of how many people were actually in shelters? >> we don't. we don't have those numbers. >> all right. and in terms of where you are compared to like tacloban, how far are you? >> reporter: we're just west, so we were on the outside edge definitely on the outside edge of the main storm surge.
>> so being on the outside edge, how do they compare to storms you have been through in the past or seen? is it -- was it -- how did it compare? >> reporter: it -- you know, it was very, very substantial storm. a lot of wind, obviously. a lot of wind damage and huge amounts of rain. it basically just -- inondation with rain. >> do you have people in the areas of the direct path of the storm? if so, have you been able to contact them? >> reporter: we have a four-person team moving up into that area but not in it during the storm. >> how able are they to get there? transportation is difficult. there is a lot of flooding, a lot of debris around. >> reporter: right, where we are, it's a lot of downed trees, a lot of flooding. it's very slow to move around the island.
it now light here so people are starting to clear out the roads and get the transportation lines open. >> what is the biggest priority right now in terms of aid of relief? >> reporter: relief from the earthquake was really temporary shelter. that's not switched to typhoon relief, and that's a combination of shelter and water at this point. >> well mark dyer, i appreciate you talking with us. again, we're trying to gather as much information as we can. we'll check in with mark and our other people in the region. again, we're trying to reestablish or establish contact with the correspondent who was in tacloban. they have satellite communication but we can't establish contact with them nor can aid organizations establish contact with their people, which is extremely worrying. tweet me at anderson cooper. we'll continue to try to get more information on the ground next and throughout the hour and updates from chad myers on the
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the typhoon hit hardest. buildings may not be constructed well. >> reporter: that's right. the philippines is made up of islands and people have their houses build up along the coast. it may no be houses like viewers picture. they are makeshift structures, made out of flimsy build material. a category five storm, your average building can't sustain that and plywood and sheet metal being used for these houses. >> information is scarce right now from the hardest hit areas. have you heard anything as far as damage? >> reporter: i'm hearing the same thing you're hearing, anderson, which is specifically it's completely can the off.
the government is having a hard time reaching its people and it's been many, many hours since anyone has heard from where you correspondent is and that's the mayor concern. in the surrounding areas, we're starting to hear reports trickle in largely of damage to property. as you mentioned, the death toll remains quite low but that is of course, because we think we cannot get information out of these areas. the other thing is the surrounding area hilt so badly by the 7.1 magnitude quake killing 200 people and leaving 5,000 homeless, those people living in tents and then had to be moved to evacuation centers in many of these regions, some reports we're hering is the evacuation centers themselves have been damaged and roofs ripped clean off. i think there will be still a lot of reports of damage and destruction in these areas to come, anderson. >> do you have a sense how prepared people were, the government was for a storm of this magnitude? nobody has seen a storm of this magnitude in the country, the philippines where they are used
to typhoons. >> reporter: they are used to them. we get 20 typhoons a year in the philippines, nothing like this. there were early warnings this would be a major event and people did heed the warnings to evacuate from the day before and earlier in the week. the government and the president went on national television and told people to really listen to those warnings and leave and go to these evacuation centers. the philippines is a poor country. it hard for many families to find the food and water they need to eat at the best of types and you add in the disaster, it will be difficult for the government and aid agencies to cope. >> kathy, appreciate the reporting. we'll continue to check in with you.
i want to check back to chad myers for more on the storm. >> anderson, here is manila. when people ask me, i'm getting hundreds of tweets, what is going on in manila? manila is fine getting winds 40 to 50. this is the path. let me take you along the path where winds were 195 miles per hour coming on shore right through here. look at this. 195 mile per hour storm bumped up against a flat coastline and talking about here, a surge 40 to 50 feet high forcing it's way. keep going in closer, we can get right into the city. everyone she was mentioning lives along the coastline here. if your house is ten feet tall and there is a 40 foot wave coming in, you'll get effected big time. that right there is the airport. the airport sent out a text, airport destroyed, send help. this is the entire city here, basically a bay, the water
coming up and storm surge devastated tacloban. appreciate that. i want to turn to marian for the global relief organization. she joins us now by phone. there are already reports of death maryann where you are. what are you seeing and hearing on the ground? >> this morning it's -- the sun is up. it's so good that now we're like seeing bridge around compared to yesterday that was horrible. yesterday we were seeing boards flying just like cars. wind was whistling. it was so strong and heavy downpours. so what we are really concerned on are those -- are -- the others are talking about, what we're really concerned of is tacloban.
we don't have any communication with them, and i'm not sure if how are they. i hope they are doing good, but in some areas, also in the western parts we're actually hearing that their houses were ripped off. the houses was like -- they are now home -- they are now homeless, due to the devastation brought by the monstrous typhoon. >> what is your goals in terms of the organization? >> for now in tacloban we're hopeful to try to keep in touch with our fellow aid worker and check how our registered families and specially children are coping upright now. the main concern of the organization right now.
we have to account all the people, all the staff and all our covered families. >> i wish you and all your people the best and we'll continue to check in with you. we'll have more on the typhoon impact and we'll check back with chad myers for the latesten the storm's progress because it's still a problem. he says he does not believe lee harvey oswald acted alone, we're talking about secretary of state john kerry saying this. ♪ ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪
well, some bombshell comments by secretary of state john kerry on the eve of the president john f. kennedy's assist nation in dallas. they said lee harvey oswalt acted alone. >> where do you come down on the conspiracy theories? >> to this day i have serious doubts that lee harvey oswalt acted alone. >> really? >> i certainly have doubts he was motivated by himself. i mean, i'm not sure if anybody else was involved. i don't go down that road with respect to the grassy nol theory and i have serious doubts if they got to the bottom of lee harvey oswalt's time and
influence from cuba and russia. >> what about the cia? >> i've never gone there. i don't believe that. >> but you think the russians and cubans had something to do with that? >> i can't pin that down. i never spent a lot of time. >> a lot of americans believed oswalt acted alone or was a loan gunman. author of the "a cruel and shocking act." doug, what do you make of what the secretary there is saying, he has doubts lee harvey oswalt acted alone? >> as he said, a lot of americans share that view. there's been a big mystery what oswalt did, oswalt's affiliation. that's legitimate and surprising secretary of state kerry wanted to get involved with all of this. it's going to be just maybe a flood of conspiracy theoriest leaping on this and putting secretary on top of their side. it's like vietnam anderson where you were a dove or hawk.
you either believe oswalt acted alone or believe in a conspiracy and kerry joined that conspiracy. >> johnson to investigate the assassination for not looking into the ties to cuba and russia, when which you uncover in your book. do you agree with kerry on this? >> there is this remarkable thing seven weeks before the assassination, lee harvey oswalt goes to mexico city where he's dealing with cuban spies and russian spies and mexican civilians who are very supportive or castro's revolution at the height of the cold war at a time castro is aware of the kennedy
administration is trying to kill him and the question becomes did anybody whisper in oswalt's ear if you ever have your chance to kill the president, do it there is evidence suggesting oswalt spoke openly in mexico city of his intinge to kill president kennedy. >> why would the warren camp not use that information? do you think a coverup is involved? >> it's clear from the documentary record there was a real effort to hide evidence of the warren commission what happened in mexico city and the cia and fbi clearly did not want to get to the bottom of what happened in mexico. >> tom brokaw raises theories the cia had a role. john kerry dismissed that. what do you make of it? >> i think john kerry was right to dismiss that. again, i don't think he said anything wrong. it's surprising. this is the bigamistry in america about lee harvey oswalt. everybody has a feeling and the warren commission was done
quickly. the point for lyndon johnson was to get something out. they wanted to move on in life in america and and it would have created a melt down of national security, would have made the cold war tensions higher, hence, it was done fast and sometimes hastery the warren commission. doesn't mean they were wrong. >> it's interesting, phil, as you write in your book, a lot of evidence was destroyed or damaged. can you explain that and why that happened? >> well, i mean, evidence begins disappearing from government files within hours of president kennedy's death. the night after the assassination, the navy pathologist pushed the original autopsy report and all of his notes from the autopsy room into the fireplace of his home and watched it turn to ash. that's just the start. in mexico city there may have been photographs of oswalt taken by the cia and tape recordings with the soviet and cuban
embassies and that would disappear, as well. >> 50 years since the president died. do you think what we will ever really know exactly what happened, particular lay about his time in mexico city? >> that's a good question. maybe. i'm not sure we'll get it on the 50th anniversary. the question is what does russia have in their archives? a lot of materials in a lot of other places and the soviet union contributed things but there might be more documents down the line. as of now, i think this whole anniversary is going to end and people will still be unclear on who killed kennedy, although i would say 70, 80% of scholars think oswalt acted alone. >> phil, do you think there was involvement by russia and cuba? >> we'll never know because those questions really should have been asked aggressively 49
years ago, and the decision was made to hide a lot of this from the warren commission. i should point out secretary kerry is just adding his name to a list of powerful people that doubted the warren commission report including president johnson, president johnson dies believing castro killed president kennedy. >> robert kennedy jr. recently questioned the warren commission, too, so members of the family questioned, it also. >> 50 years later, a lot of questions. just ahead tonight, secretary kerry is in geneva for nuclear talks with iran. the question is are we really getting closer to a deal? we'll examine that. the typhoon taking aim at vietnam. we'll have the latest on the storm and destruction it's leaving behind.
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>> well, there isn't, i would say, at this point a specific plan. we're looking at a number of options where there may be an opportunity for that number of people to look at plans that they have right now, but there isn't any specific proposal at table immediately. >> well tonight, two republican senators are using new numbers to suggest that obama care is not working. senior white house correspondent jim acosta joins us now. the news doesn't seem to be getting better for obama care. the initial enrollment numbers are expected to be low but the numbers there in washington d.c. are pretty stunning. >> they are depressingly low, anderson. we have letters prom people that participate in the obama care exchange in the district of columbia and released by senators. i have one in front of me right now.
it says that they have up until october 24th of this year only two enroll lees with blue cross blue shield. that the a very dismal performance. i will tell you house republican haves been eager to get their hands on these enrollment numbers and issued a subpoena to have them delivered by this evening. we found out the obama administration is not going to come play. we'll show you a letter from the department of health and human services. because this process takes time to put the information together, they don't have the information for millions of americans being dropped, president obama said they need to find a fix but did
secretary kathleen sebelius offer good news -- >> no. >> because her answers didn't seem to. >> you heard what she had to say, anderson, no they do not have a plan, at least not one they are willing to talk about at this point. there are propels floating around they might extend perhaps some subsidies out there. but that can't be done administratively from what i hear from sources on capitol hill they need to pass legislation to expand and right now congress is in no mood to do that thing right now. as a matter of fact, anderson, there are other complications coming up for the website, which is what the obama administration says once we get the website up and running, many problems will be solved. the man in charge of fixing the within site held a conference call with reporters today and said on this conference call it remains a long way from where it needs to be and he said also that as they have been trying to fix other problems, a new problem has come up complicating this process and raising some doubts, frankly that this website will be ready in time by the end of the month, anderson. >> clearly, the president himself lowered expectations the entire website would be as
functional as promised by the end of november, which is pretty, again, just stunning because just a week or two ago, that the the date they were giving. >> that's right. what they are now saying is it will be ready for the vast majority of americans by the end of the month. they aren't ruling out the possibility of more glitches or technical problems but jeffrey zience said they are confident this website will be ready by the end of the month, anderson. can you imagine december 1st, people go to the website and it's not working, there will be major, major problems with this. democrats frustrated with this will be almost up in arms, i think, anderson, if this problem is not solved by the end of the month. >> jim, appreciate the update. another interesting headline. we're not casting down on the official version of the kennedy assassination, senator kerry has been in geneva trying to reach a deal to diffuse his country's nuclear program. the talks broke up for the
night. as delicate as they are there are outside parties that can torpedo a deal who believes the white house is being played by iran. we reached out and jim sciutto has more. how close are the two sides to an actual deal? is this going to happen? >> it looks like it could be real. you have a diplomatic flurry today. the foreign ministers of every country involved in these talks, secretary kerry, britain, france, germany, russia getting to geneva. you get the sense they wouldn't take this diplomatic risk and show up if one, it would make a difference or bridge the final gaps that remain but also a deal
wasn't imminent because they are sticking their necks out right to be there now as is secretary kerry. you get the sense there is real progress, momentum here but secretary kerry said there are gaps they have to bridge. >> what might a deal actually look like? >> we've got a pretty good sense. they are calling it an interim deal because any agreement would be in two phases. a first phase over six months and each side gives something up. the iranians wouldn't enrich uranium up to 20% and they would also not activate the most advance center fuses that spin it into weapons grade and not open the iraq heavy water nuclear reactor, which is another path to a bomb, a plutonium reactor and keep sanctions in place, unfreezing some of iran's assets overseas
and get foreign exchange which they need and allow them access to the gold market, the petro chemicals market. initial steps, reversible steps administration makes that point if iran doesn't follow through later but each side giving something here. >> and israel's prime minister thinks the u.s. is getting played? >> absolutely and he said in no uncertain terms after he had a meeting with secretary kerry, unusual to come out with quite angry words. now his point, and this is a point made by american law makers saying listen, iran is not agreeing to suspend all enrichment. they are allowed to enrich 3.5% that can get you to nuclear fuel and do medical research. the demand for many is they have to stop everything for you to believe that there is something real here. the ad minute station's position is listen, if they stop at that
point, we are at least halting iran's advance while we negotiate a bigger deal. that the the key concern here, anderson that you don't aloe that type to shrink between today and when administration could make a bomb. that the where they said had progress. more on the typhoon and an update from chad myers. paper e es on our ink card. so you can manage your business expenses and access them online instantly with the game changing app from ink. we didn't get into business to spend time managing receipts, that's why we have ink. we like being in business because we like being creative, we like interacting with people. so you have time to focus on the things you love. ink from chase. so you can.
breaking news, we're only now beginning see the damage from possibly the most powerful storm to strike land. typhoon haiyan. we'll have the latest in a moment. first, this is far from the only monsterous storm the planet has seen. gary tuck man has the story. >> reporter: we can see them coming but can't stop them. >> most people evacuated, but there are still a lot of people here. we have seen -- we have seen roofs collapse. we have seen signs go down. firefighters helping people to evacuate. >> reporter: these are some of the world's most powerful typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones that hit in modern history. the most powerful hurricane to make landfall in the u.s. hit in 1935. unnamed and ripped through the florida keys. more than 400 people were
killed. 34 years later in 1969 the second category five, hurricane camille frightened millions from mississippi to louisiana. camille reached 190 miles per hour as it spun in the warm water in august of that year. 259 people were killed. the third category five in 199 2, hurricane andrew, the end of august when it struck. >> the glass in the showers was actually vibrating and shaking. >> the building -- >> the building was shaking just like if it was a .3 on the richter scale. >> reporter: it was one of the costliest. other storms didn't hit as fives, but have become equally as infamous. hurricane katrina, 2005. at first hit cuba and florida but rampaging upon the shores of louisiana and mississippi' a
strong category four hurricane. in new orleans catastrophic levee system failures led to tragedy. more than 1800 people died and more than $100 billion worth of damage. >> we dirty. we wading in the water, the dirty filthy water. >> reporter: katrina hit in the busiest year. wilma hit two months later, the most intense in the atlantic basin. the wind the clocked at 19 -- 185 miles per hour. $21 billion worth of damage. hurricane hugo was also a category five hurricane while spinning in the atlanta tick in 19 -- atlantic in 1989 and had 135 mile per hour winds. at least 100 people died. billions of dollars in damage.
the deadliest hurricane in u.s. history was in 1900 in galveston, texas. 8,000 people died when the unnamed storm came through. outside the u.s. the deadliest storm on record was the cyclone in bangladesh in 1970. the powerful storm killed up to 550,000. in 2008 cyclone nargis, 138,000 people were said to be killed but commonly believed the death toll was higher, is often the case in immense catastrophic storms. >> back to the storm of the moment and perhaps of all time, chad has more. chad? >> it was a big one. 195 gusting to 235 miles per
hour as it slammed into the philippines over the towns we've been talking about. category four, equal to a category four sitting in the ocean in the south china sea and making landfall in vietnam likely as a category two or three equivalent. they don't categorize the cyclone. it a cyclone or it's a super typhoon or it's -- you got that cut off, the cut off is 150 miles per hour soft super typhoon above 150, typhoon above 150. no numbers. we put them on for reference so you know. saturday afternoon making landfall likely as 125 mile per hour storm there not that far from parts of vietnam. there is the storm there. it rolled right across the country. it rolled right across tacloban and parked itself in the south china sea, anderson? >> appreciate that. thanks. a lot of people trying to reach loved ones in the philippines with no success. you are trying to find your father, what is the latest of his whereabouts? >> last i heard, my mom speak to
him at 6:00 a.m. yesterday. he basically said that it's coming, and it's strong. he was in the hotel, yeah. >> which city was he in? >> he was in tacloban. >> okay. >> one of the major areas damaged. >> did he tell you what he was going to do to prepare for the storm? >> no, we -- we didn't even -- it came so fast and -- no. we didn't even get to talk about that, no. >> yeah. how much time has your dad spent there? >> he's there often. i would say two to three times a month. >> i know you've been listening to radio reports in the philippines.
what have you been hearing? i know anybody can get people in tacloban. what other information have you been hearing? >> my friend from the philippines said this radio station said that there are no establishments that are standing and i have information given by a family friend military cargo planes are coming in with technicians this morning in the philippines to repair lines, but i don't know what they can expect. >> i can tell you, i do know philippine military aircraft has started heading toward the hardest hit areas. we have been in touch with the philippine military on that. i can verify that for you. >> thank you. >> how is your family holding up? how is your mom holding up? >> it's not good. my mom right now is in manila for a religious retreat. i'm guessing she's praying over there with her friends and my family in cebu where we're based are tuning in and getting as much information as we can because there isn't a lot out there.
>> i know you said the philippine radio report said there are no structures in tacloban. >> uh-huh. >> it's the not knowing at this point that has to be so difficult. >> yes, true. >> well, katsy i wish you the best. we'll continue to check in with you and stay strong. thank you. >> thank you so much and god bless. >> there are ways to help, go to cnn.com/impact. the facts emerging from the navy yard shooting rampage. a different picture from the one we had that day.
there is a lot more happening tonight. susan hendrix has the 360 bull tennessee. anderson, a traffic jam outside the navy yard, not a tack nickel command prevented a police unit from reaching the scene of a mass shooting in september. that's according to an internal police review. now, initial media reports said capital police were the first on the scene and pulled back. 13 people including the gunman died in the shooting. more fallout for rob ford. his weekly radio show has been cancelled. the station that carried it said the decision was mutual. ford is under pressure after admitting using crack cocaine and having drunken stupors on a regular basis. chris christie made a brief appearances on michael j. fox' sitcom.
he played himself making light of a possible presidential bid. he said it was taped a few months ago. anderson, back to you. >> thanks very much. that's all we have for this edition of 360. thanks for joining us. pity the salary man. tokyo's willing cog in an enormous machine requiring long hours, low pay, total dedication. and sometimes, what's called koroshi, death by overwork. here in a society of tight spaces, the pressure is on to keep up appearances, to do what's expected, to not let the interior life become exterior. but at night, things are different.