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when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck saturday. for more news, download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connected tv. m elise pre on, cbs news, new york. it's monday, august 16th, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." afghanistan's sudden fall. the taliban take control of the war-torn country. the chaotic airport scene overnight as residents try to flee kabul. search for survivors. crews dig through rubble after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in haiti. why rescue efforts could be hampered over the next few days. historic increase. food stamp benefits are going up for 42 million americans. the largest hike in the the largest hike in the program's history. captioning funded by cbs good morning. i'm tom hanson in for anne-marie green.
we begin with the crisis in afghanistan as the taliban seized control of the country declaring the war is over. thousands raced to the airport tarmac in kabul trying to flee the country. u.s. soldiers reportedly fired warning shots into the air to try to control the large crowds. yesterday the taliban seized the presidential palace in kabul hours after afghanistan's president fled the country. the taliban is calling for peaceful relations with the international community. bradley blackburn is in new york. what has been the reaction from the white house? >> reporter: tom, president biden is watching all this from camp david where he is on vacation. the white house says he's getting regular briefings and is in touch with military leaders, but there are reports he could return to washington to speak to the nation in the coming days. and officials acknowledge they were caught offguard by the speed of this collapse. taliban leaders are vowing to restore order a day after seizing control of afghanistan.
>> it is important for us to take all the necessary security of people. >> reporter: on sunday, tan city of kabul completing an offensive that saw them capture most of the country in a matter of weeks. the push happened as the u.s. withdrew most of its combat forces ahead of an august 31st deadline. ashraf ghani, afghanistan's western-backed president, fled while his government collapsed. countless others also tried to escape. kabul's airport was packed with would-be travelers hoping for a flight out. last night the state department said all embassy personnel had been relocated to the airport. >> it's a dire situation when you see the united states embassy being evacuated. in fact, you just had president biden a few days ago saying you wouldn't see helicopters evacuating the embassy like saont e.
>> reporter: the white house defended the decision to proceed with the military withdrawal noting it was part of a deal negotiated by the trump administration. >> like it or not, there was an agreement that the forces would come out on may 1st. had we not begun that process, we would have been back at war with the taliban. >> reporter: yesterday the pentagon said it's sending another 1,000 troops to afghanistan to help evacuate americans, bringing the total deployment to around 6,000. the u.s. and 60 other countries are asking the taliban to spare civilians and, tom, here in new york there is an emergency meeting of the u.n. security council later this morning. >> a desperate situation there. bradley blackburn in new york. thank you. ahead we'll talk with representative liz cheney who's been critical of the u.s. troop withdrawal. she'll explain why we still need a presence there and how the u.s. should move forward with the collapse of afghanistan. developing this morning, more help for haiti. the death toll has climbed to nearly 1,300 people after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake over the weekend.
search crews from the u.s. arrived overnight in hopes of finding more survivors. the quake flattened thousands of homes and buildi struggle to cope with the thousands of people injured. to make matters worse, there's a storm heading that way. vlad duthiers reports from port-au-prince, haiti. >> reporter: rescue workers are frantically searching for survivors trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings throughout the areas hit hardest by saturday's earthquake. the epicenter of the powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake was about 78 miles west of the capital of port-au-prince. two cities in the country's south were especially devastated. thousands have been injured. "we have 2,800 injured coming to hospitals," jerry chandler, the civil protection director, says. and they're expecting many more. haiti's prime minister, ariel henry, issued a stateme said ty
mel assist for the international rescuers from virginia's disaster response teams are mobilizing with aids asift brathsz. -- assisteding. with hospitals and clinics in the area heavily damaged, the u.s. coast guard has been evacuating the injured, including this wounded child arriving in port-au-prince for treatment. the earthquake could not have come at a worse time. haiti is in the midst of a political crisis and is following the assassination of its president and is being threatened by a tropical storm which could bring heavy rain and mudslides to the already crippled nation. cbs news, port-au-prince, haiti. as parts of the caribbean get ready for the impacts from tropical storm grace, fred regained its tropical storm strength and is expected to make landfall in the florida panhandle. fred is currently tracking through the eastern gulf of mexico and is expected to strike florida as early as this afternoon. the threat of flooding rain and gusty winds will also spread in
stercarg, and alabama. >> i can put these sandbags along the downstairs backdoor and so any blowing rain won't seep through. i don't think it's going to be a flood thing. >> parts of the south are under flood alerts. up to a foot of rain could fall in the florida panhandle. in alabama and georgia, up to nine inches of rain could fall. turning to the coronavirus, the nation is dealing with a surge in new cases fueled by the dulles airport. right now the u.s. is seeing an average of 129,000 new infections a day. a 700% increase compared to the beginning of july. dr. anthony fauci says those figures could go down if more people got vaccinated. the nation's top infectious disease expert appeared on "face the nation" yesterday. >> put aside all of these issues of concern about liberties and personal liberties and realize we have a common enemy, and that
common enemy is the virus. we really have to all pull together to get on top of this. otherwise, we're going to continue to suffer. >> booster shots are approved for people with weakened immune systems. the biden administration could start offering a third shot to nursing home residents as early as this fall. today the biden administration is expected to announce the largest permanent increase in foorchl benefits. -- food stamp benefit. starting in october the average amount per person will rise from $121 to $157 a month, an increase of more than 25%. the aid will apply to all 42 million americans covered under the program. coming up, the latest on the investigation into new york governor andrew cuomo as his impeachment probe is put on hold. and later, a massive data breach. tens of millions of t-mobile customers may have had their private information compromised. this is the "cbs morning news." ws."
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re-routing flights to avoid flying over afghanistan. united airlines, british airways, and virgin atlantic were not using the country's airspace after the taliban took control of kabul back in july. the faa imposed new flight restrictions for u.s. airlines to largely avoid the region citing the risk posed by militant activity. the restrictions do not apply to u.s. military operations. t-mobile is reportedly looking into a data breach involving up to 100 million customers. thieves allegedly stole cheat included social security numbers, names, addresses, and driver's license information. it's unclear when the hack may have happened. in a statement t-mobile said it does not plan to share information at this time. taco bell is thinking outside the box for a new drive-through. te first image of taco bell defy is set to break ground this month. it has four lanes, two dedicated
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and u.s. search crews arrived overnight in haiti in hopes of finding more earthquake survivors. a 7.2-magnitude quake hit over the weekend killing nearly 1,300 people. at least 5,700 people were injured. thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed. back home, millions of parents give their children an allowance, and for decades it was paid in cash. technology is giving families a new option. cindy hsu has the story. the earlier that children learn about finances the less mistakes they'll make when they reach adulthood. >> reporter: that's why zanaya diakite got a debit card for 9-year-old daughter tamia. one designed specifically for kids. >> i had to take out the garbage, read my books, and what was the other one? wash the dishes. >> reporter: her allowance and money for chores is put right into her customized green light
card. >> we really wanted it to be about learning financial literacy, really understanding the fundamentals. >> reporter: there are several cards on the market that allow kids to get rewards for chores or good grades. that money can be used to make purchases at approved stores, invest, and even donate to charities. >> the whole idea -- >> reporter: dean brauer is co-founder and u.s. president of go henry. >> all the features are designed around helping kids learn how to budget, how to understand the differences between wants and needs. >> reporter: andrea ferguson peterson got a go henry card for her 10-year-old daughter london. >> i usually tell my friends that i'm saving for this or that. i was going to go here and buy that because i had saved up for it. >> reporter: these debit cards typically charge $4 to $5 depending on the plan. cindy hsu, cbs news, new york. coming up on "cbs this morning," we'll speak with republican congresswoman and house armed services committee
member liz cheney about the latest events in afghanistan and concerns for the u.s. in the coming days. plus, in a network tv exclusive, country music singer jason isbell talks about requiring fans to be vaccinated or test negative for covid before going to one of his concerts. and we speak with actress and singer m.j. rodriguez about her historic emmy nomination for the tv series "pose." that's the "cbs morning news" for this monday. thank you so much for watching. i'm tom hanson, have a great day. ♪ i'm tom hanson, have a great day. ♪