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>> this is another significant development... >> we have an exclusive story tonight, and we go live... >> this is al jazeera america, i'm jonathan betz in new york. here are the top stories - tornados rip through the nation's mid section, the severe weather may not be over yet missing - newborns allegedly stolen in st. louis. anger as war women come forward. confronting the greek debt crisis. retirees may be asked to sackry piss. -- sacrifice.
and sky-rise buildings - transforming the sky and streets below scenes of destruction... >> i lived in cisco for over 10 years now. i haven't seen anything like this in a long time a texas town torn apart by tornado. >> the roof was off, on the truck, and all of the tree damage and tonight - the danger of more severe weather there are tornado watches and warnings in effect from south dakota to texas. threats of weather across the plains putting millions in the cross-hairs. del walters following for us. >> dozens of twisters touching down, there's the potential for twisters in seven states texas arkansas to southern minnesota.
a short time ago this national guard helicopter was on the scene over denton county texas a hard-hit area. people are being pulled from cars and homes after being stranded by flood water. in other areas people hit by the twisters are trying to pick up the pieces. >> that is a tornado. >> reporter: cisco, texas, 140 miles west of dallas ground zero for a deadly out break of twisters spun off from a weather system stretching up and down the midwest. dozens of tornado from the lone star state from the tiny farming town of dell mont south dacted. hail raining council on windshield. saturday night lightening sparking a gas well sparking flames. that could be seen for miles. >> water, telephone poles, trees, ripped out of the ground much very powerful and
disruptive. >> sunday sunrise bought damage to light. homes ripped in half. one home was struck by lightening, six flags over texas took a beating. >> i lived in cisco for over 10 years now. i have not seen anything like that for a long time. to the north, the twisters produced flash flooding and oklahoma. as much as 24 inches of rain is expected in south dakota by the time the systems moved out. hundreds of flight were cancelled. delays lingered through the weekend. >> the incident is ongoing, and has the ability to keep worse. our main focus is to keep people out as we get more rain fall. >> police have not released the name or age of one person killed. several others were injured, they are expected to recover it's a serious situation, let's talk to kevin corriveau,
our meteorologist. what are we facing? >> we are looking at another night, a severe night, especially across texas. i'll show you what we can expect to see. where you see the red, down from southern minnesota, west consin through iowa to texas, that is the hot spot for this evening. there's a lot of other things going on. i'll get to those a little later. the storm on the east coast and the snow. look at the satellite and radar. the thunder storms dash most down towards the south popping up in the exact spots we have seen over the last couple of days. may is the most active month. we get about 247 tornado for the month of may. this week alone, wednesday was a big day. we saw 48 tornado on a wednesday. last night we saw a lot of activity. so right now, not including what we have seen today, we have seen about 11. up until now, we have seen about 117 tornado in the last
five days, let's take a closer look. that's what we are looking at in texas. you can see, that is one there in parts of northern texas. those are continuing to move towards parts of oklahoma and we had the tornado warnings in effect. it's also the flooding going on. we had historical flooding in this region, in this region you can see what is going on in some areas alone, we had seen over 5 inches of rain in southern oklahoma and northern texas, and the whole region is about eight inches above average for this time of year. so, of course, you have a lot of damage you have the flooding they have to deal with in the area. the ground is saturated, and now the threat is to the north, where in south dakota we are looking at tornados there. if you look to the west. it is the snow. i'll get to that a little more in the forecast. as you can see, it was south dakota here. i'll get into where we saw it in
wyoming, and colorado. from tornado to snow. >> tornado, snow flooding and a storm. >> some. rescues are going on. >> i expect to see that. >> when do we expect to be out of the clear. >> texas will not get out of the clear for the next two our three days the storm system will be stagnant for the northern part of the texas, but the northern part of the united states will clear out. they'll get better there. texas is under the gun. >> looking at the serious situation there. that's a first on top of the car in floodwaters. rescues ongoing in this hour, north of dallas fort worth. >> there's other news to get to. a brief ceasefire in yemen could begin as early as tuesday. saudi arabia's proposed a truce to allow in humanitarian aid. the fighting continued. saudi arabia-led air strikes targeted the home of the precedent.
witnesses said the strikes came during dawn prayers and civilians were hurt. allies were urged to keep fighting. with the humanitarian situation worsening, the u.n. says it cannot deliver more help until the ceasefire begins. hashem ahelbarra has more. >> reporter: it's the first time the saudi-led coalition targeted yemen's former president. he was owing. >> you should continue carrying your arms, really ... this is t moment
>> translation: you should continue carrying your arms, willing to sacrifice your lives in the face of these belligerent attacks. i can describe this aggression as an act of cowardice if you are brave enough, face us on the battlefield. shelling by rockets and jets cannot enable you to achieve your goals. >> reporter: this is the moment the international airport in sanaa was struck by coalition jets. houthi fighters who control the capital say the attack was to prevent the landing of aircraft carrying aid. the saudi-led coalition intensified military campaigns, targetting sadr province in northern aden, yemen and other provinces. saudi army commanders say it was an ammunition depot that houthis planned to use to shell saudi villages. saudi arabia offered a 5-day humanitarian truce starting tuesday. the houthis remain skeptical. they say any step to alleviate the suffering of the yemenis will be welcome. they are also urging aid agencies to send immediate relief to the people. . >> the saudis start the attack.
they are the one that start the fighting if they stop the fighting, it will lead to a humanitarian crisis in yemen - it will help humanitarian aid to come into yemen. the saudi will stop. let me make sure that i do not think they will stick to the five day ceasefire. the u.n. announced it will start to deliver aid when all parties commit to a ceasefire. >> we need to be given proper structure to the agreement to allow the u.n. to respond on the ground. we are ready to do that, but conditions need to be met, we hope that it is met in the next couple of days, every day, civilians lives are lost. >> fighting shows no sign of abating. this is a village attacked in the central province of ibb. local people say there are no fighters in the area. the continuing war undermines
the chances for a political settlement in the country ravaged by years of instability. the houthi rebels say they are open to political talks if they take into account a growing political influence across yemen. hashem ahelbarra reporting there. president obama may be in for a tough summit when he hosts a group of leaders. king salman will not taped the meeting. he -- attend the meeting. he will stay home to deal with the crisis. more on the gulf leader's visit to the u.s. in the week ahead segment. 8:30pm eastern, 5:30 pacific. a string of bombings in iraq killed eight wounding several more. five died in a car bombing at a military checkpoint 30 miles
north of baghdad. another car bomb killed three people at an outdoor market. the attacks took place despite stepped up security aimed at protecting thousands of shi'ite pilgrims as they marched to a shrine. >> the leaders of russia and germany met to discuss the crisis in ukraine. relations soured over the fighting. the annexation of crimea drew sharp international criticism. russia's president said sanctions on his country damaged trade with germany. >> it is not a secret that the relations between russia and germany today are going through a bad period because of the differences in the assessment of the event in ukraine. our bilateral trade in 2014 for the first time in five years fell by 6.5%. >> because of the criminal annexation of crimea which violates law in eastern ukraine, our cooperation suffered a
serious setback the angela merkel pushed for peace talks and repeated calls for vladimir putin to rein in pro-russian rebels. the pope inspired cuba's president. they met at the vatican, and the leader offered a surprising administration. lucia newman has more. >> it was supposed to be a meeting to thank pope francis for his role in helping thaw relations between havana and washington. after a chat, cuban president raul castro made a stunning announcement >> translation: i said if the pope talks as he does, sooner are later i will pray again and return to the catholic church. i'm not kidding i'm a communist, the party formerly didn't allow it, but it is allowed now. >> reporter: it is a return to his past. it, but it is allowed now. he
and his brother went to a jesuit school in their youth, before declaring as atheists and shutting the schools down. the pope is the first jesuit leader of the catholic church. [ singing ] president raul castro said he will attend the pope's masses when he fists cuba in september on the way to the united states. we ask the leader of the church what he expected from the visit. >> translation: it's natural that the pope will reaffirm the church's desire for cuba to open up to the world and the world to open up to cuba, as the pontiff participated in the dialogue between united states and cuba [ singing ] pope francis will be the third pontiff to visit cuba in 17 years, a lot considering that cuba is a small country where the church is not particularly strong.
cuba always awakened an interest disproportionate to its size, and pope francis's role to establish diplomatic ties between havana and washington makes the visit significant mixing politics and religion is as old as time. both castro and the pope are proving it once again we want to go back to live pictures coming out of denton texas, where rescues are under way after severe weather ripped across the mid section. we saw flooding in the town north of dallas fort worth. rescuers are lowered from a chopper to two people we believe are trapped on a car in floodwaters below. we'll keep an eye on the story bringing you developments as it happens, as rescuers move in ahead, a small mississippi down is remembering two police officers killed on a job. it's the first death of an officer in the line of duty. >> put your hands by your head
now. do it now plus, they are sometimes forced to make life and death decisions - a closer look at the intense training law enforcement officers face. and on this mother's day, a mystery involving stolen baby. demand for answers as concerns grow. were missouri mums lied to when told their newborns had died?
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new york's indian point nuclear plant is partly offline after a transformer caught fire last night. the 40-year-old power plant lives near the hudson river, 40km from new york city. putting out the fire created a new problem - an oil spill in the river. thousands of gallons of chemicals overflowed the mote. the spill has been contained and being cleaned up the small community of the hadies berg mississippi has been rocked by the murders of two
police officers, killed during a routine traffic stop. four suspects, local residents, are in custody. two of them marvin banks and joanie calais way are facing charges of capital murder. >> two felonies were committed. we need to grieve with two fellow officers that have fallen. what we need to do now is celebrate the lives of these two individuals. the two police officers killed have been identified as 34-year-old benjamin dean and 25-year-old lecorey tait. dean was a past officer of the year and tait graduated from hadies berg law enforce. last year the mississippi shooting is the latest in a series of tragedies involving police and civilians in the united states. some communities are re-examining how officers re-enact with the public to prech more deaths. -- prevent more deaths.
>> reporter: what you are about to see could make the difference between life and death. >> drop the gun, do it now. to where you are at, stop moving. put your hands by your head now. do it now. >> sidestep to the left. >> i don't care if you shoot me. i'll kill you. >> don't move. >> okay, stop. >> reporter: this time it's a training exercise. next time it could be a confrontation. that's when the challenge will be to keep an encounter like this from becoming lethal. >> i noticed you used good cover, utilizing the car. i would probably talk about your approach first perhaps a little further back making your approach on foot, giving you more time. >> did you say forced training for police had to be more than going to the raping once a year and -- range once a year and spending eight hours shooting at a target. good marksmanship we get that
you need to shoot a gun to be a police officer. everyone understands that. the bigger challenge is how to make good decisions under stressful circumstances. here in richmond officers are challenged to use good judgment and effective communication in difficult situation, which can unfold rapidly. the goal is not to necessarily use a gun, but rather to use the other tools on the utility belt like a baton or taser to take control of a potentially deadly situation. >> put the gun down. put it down. we can talk about it. you have to put the gun down. walk out. put your hands up. >> shoot me. >> put your hands up. what are you going to do? >> get down on the ground. >> it's not as easy as people think. it's not hollywood. you can't shoot the gun out of someone's hand someone doesn't automatically fall down when you shoot them or comply. >> he got to the rear of the car. he continued advancing on you,
why did you decide at that point to put your pistol away. >> he did not have weapons in his hands, or that i saw to where he can quickly get it. therefore i pulled out a weapon, which was a taser. >> which was a taser. why did you choose a taser, not a baton or pepper spray... >> reporter: this scenario ended with nonlethal force, but importantly it's a good lesson on thou have fewer deadly encounters with suspects and, in turn build a stronger relationship with the community be sure to tune in for ali velshi's premiere of "ali velshi on target", it airs monday through friday night at 10:30 eastern, 7:30 pacific here on al jazeera america dozens of women are coming forward to face an unthinkable horror, that their newborn
children, long thought to be dead, are perhaps alive. it revolved around a shuttered hospital in st. louis accused of stealing newborns and putting them up for adoption. a city mayor is demanding the release of that hospital's documents. >> this is the moment 50-year-old melanie gilmour was reignited with her birth mother via skype. until a few months ago, price, a mother of five didn't know her daughter was alive of the the staff at the hospital in st. louis said the premature baby died hours after birth. >> back then doctors and nurses were held in such high esteem if they said something, and with compassion they said it in you believed it. mine was believable because i was so early. >> monday st. louis attorney filed this petition to open
gilmour's adoption records. he said gilmour was stolen. >> there's a law saying you can't traffic in human babies you can't steal a baby from their momma. you don't need a policeman to explain that to you. you can't take a baby from a mum. >> in the conference room mothers, children who think they may have been victims, filled out applications for state records. 62-year-old brendan stuart was told her baby girl died after birth in 1964. >> i never got a chance to see her. my parents never got a chance to see her. i never got a chance to touch her. >> reporter: 49-year-old pam woods says the story of her adoption was sketchy. >> my mother gave me a story, she takes it back she says she didn't say it. i'm in between, don't know what is what you know. >> the hospital has been closed for 36 years.
watkins says birth and death records exist. and if there was trafficking, the city could be accountable. price says no amount of money will compensate her or her daughter for the last years. >> i've got to make up the 49 kids. the other kids will be jealous, but she's priority now. talk about this now with a clinical psychologist and joins us from los angeles tonight. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> let's talk about the mothers, i can't imagine what they are facing. help us understand what they are going through to help us deal with the reality? >> it's almost unfathomable. it's a new reality starting in a trauma. the trauma of losing a newborn child. then to find out all sees years later that it was in essence a betrayal, and in some ways they must go through a complex series of reactions where oh, my god, the child is alive, she's my
child and i lost all these years. it's a trauma that most of us could each begin to get our heads around this. >> i imagine it's something you have never faced before. when you think about the mothers, you have to think about the children coming forward as well. what they must now face knowing their whole life has been different to what they thought it was. >> imagine rewriting the story of your life and that's what the women and their children face to rewrite their narrative. and to sort of welcome these new people into their world, and rethink about their family of origin it's so much to get their heads around. this is not - this is not a pretty process. this is not something that will move easily. right now they are getting a lot of attention. over the next many years and decades, it will be a lot of hard psychological work as they try to rewrite the story of their lives. >> what does the work entail.
what will the families deal with and face? >> it's a great question. it will be a little different for every one of these victims and families. no matter what they'll need support and the opportunity to talk about it over and over and over again, with licensed mental health professionals. spiritual advisors and counsellors, with their own families partners friend. to tell the story and have the space they need to take care of themselves as they figure this out. it's important to give themselves permission and the time that they need to work this out. it will be a process, there's no quick fix. >> how do you work it out. what kind of practices must these mothers and children go through to reconnect and heal from all this? >> one thing you must remember from trauma is that you be given the opportunity to tellour story as often as you need and in safe place, and to be encouraged to
do so. there's no formula, there's no idea that you must reconnect with them or not reconnect with them. one of the mothers said something beautiful that stuck with me. she said listen she's one of my children. i lost 49 years with her. she'll be a priority. every family will figure out how do i fit the child back into my life, and how do i fit the family in. it will be different, but talking about it taking the time with it knowing it will be hard giving themselves permission is the key. we talk about sharing the story. why is that therapeutic. >> what is it does is - what we see with trauma is it takes on a life of its own within a person's mind. it almost clears out the mind to be able to talk about it and turns into something dark and forbidden, if the person doesn't feel they have a safe place. sometimes having parts of it
normalized to have some of their fears addressed, and once it's sort of out, sort of out of their mind and in the light of day, this helps a lot of people. have a sounding board to help them reconfigure, rewrite the narrative. it doesn't mean it will go away. it's not a quick fix. it's an important place to start. >> a stunning story and a long journey ahead for the families. >> yes, it is. >> thank you still ahead - greece up against a deadline. countries looking for a fault, as european leaders demand a lasting finish to the debt crisis. a surprise in colorado - a spring storm covers roads with snow pulling down branches and powerlines.
two suspects are charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two police officers in hattiesburg mississippi. one of the officers pulled the suspect over for speeding and called for backup. after that the two officers were shot and killed. they were due in court tomorrow. cuban president raul castro thanked pope francis in his role in thawing relations with the united states. the communist leader suggested he may become a practicing catholic. he plans to visit cuba in september time is running out again for cash-strapped greece. it has until tuesday to pay back nearly $800 million to the international monetary fund. tomorrow european finance minister resume talks on how to deal with europe's most debt-ridden country. a controversial issue is pensions. payments have been cut. greece's creditors want more. a court judgment could declare the cuts illegal. we have more from athens.
>> reporter: leisure is perhaps the only luxury left for pensioners these days. their money is spoken for. >> translation: i'm paying off a home improvement loan. my children do not have work. i spend the rest helping them and grandchildren, and paying utilities and property tax. >> reporter: pensions make up 17% of the economy and is a safety net for society. at $18 billion this year, it's the government's biggest expense, despite being cut to half, to an average of $900 a month. there's simply not enough contributions coming into funds because a quarter of greek workers were unemployed, and the funds were crippled when they forced to accept a $28 billion loss on government bonds they invested in. a high court decision could raise the bill to half a billion to $5 billion a year, because some of
the cuts will be ruled unconstitutional. it's likely to widen the gap. the gap between syriza and those that want more cuts. >> translation: at the moment there's conflicting views in the talks. i won't pretend it's better than it is. they haven't backed down. they insist on cutting pensions. neither have we, we said we will not make cuts. there's a confrontation between us. >> the government emphasis on welfare is still highly popular. it's not affordable as the population ages. syriza has a plan. syriza wants to set up a cash flow into the pension system by clawing back some money, it would make pensions viable for decades, removing them as an expense. in theory that should remove them from the negotiating table. similar long-term planning and making the economy more productive, and for information is making then ab seftenlt money to syria wants is diverted to pay off debt it is now higher than ever
for more insight into the greek crisis we are joined by a professor of international gn and business from george washington university. thank you for being with us. help us understand the crisis. is it a renewed crisis or pretty much what we have seen since february. >> it's what we have seen. we know it is coming. the new prime minister promised several bullets which he cannot deliver on. the most immediate creditor to worry about is the i.m.f. which is probably the most unforgiving institution in this scenario for the greeks. they owe 750 million euros to the imf on tuesday. and 1.5 billion next month, and 3 billion to the european central bank. a renegotiation of the deal which is around 7.2 billion
which they will get if they agree to the terms, is extremely important for the greeks. so help us understand as they renegotiate the deal, why they run into so much resistance. what are the sticking points? >> the new government came in promising to fight the austerity measures, role back the reforms that they had promised when they first got the bail out under other governments, and the bottom line is that the european central bank the i.m.f. are not willing to budge on the deal. that was austerity. whether that was the right plan for greece during the crisis is a different issue. i do not believe they'll back off. if there's a default on tuesday, the market will probably react badly to the greek scenario it raises a question of whether greece should be in the eurozone. the chancellor faced a lot of
pressure to give up on the country. how likely is the exit at this point? >> it is more likely than it was five years ago. in 2010 when greece got in trouble, the first country to get up and say we will not lose a eurozone was german chancellor angela merkel. this february when they were trying to renegotiate there was silence from the germans. a few weeks ago, they will hear noises that it's okay if the greeks leave. i think the greek prime minister miscalculated the degree to which the germans are willing to fight to keep the greeks in primarily because the markets understand that this is not a eurozone problem, this is a greek problem, which allows them to be more forgiving to the eurozone now. >> is it fair to say greece is dragging down the rest of the eurozone. if it's true does it make sense for greece to exit.
>> it makes sense for greece not to exit for everyone but it makes more sense for the eurozone members, for it to leave them for greece. if greece leaves the eurozone you can forget about the economy for the next two decades. >> you think it's that serious. >> it's that soars. no new current -- serious. no new currency the greeks can come up with will hold water. they are locked out of the capital markets. who is going to lend to them without charging 60, 70, 80% interest rates. >> we saw the poll where the greek public opposing a deal with the eurozone. without the deal the economy could be in shambles. what is the disconnect? >> well, the disconnect is that the greek people and the greek government has a reality check. there really is no room to wriggle. there's no bargaining power.
the only thing they can do is promise more austerity, to it feel the pain and move forward. there's no reneging here. that is a bill of goods that were sold by the greek people which they cannot deliver in any shape or form. greece's prime minister has a relationship with the russian president. what do you read into that? >> well i think that was trying to show the e.u. that he has alternatives, where, really vladimir putin has not committed to any amount of money. i think the only thing he's committed to is some funds for a pipeline deal, but it's more to show the european leaders that i have an option but i think it was misplayed by the greek prime minister since his only option is the european union and the imf. >> it's a big week ahead for greece.
thank you so much for your time. we appreciate it. >> thank you well there has been fierce fighting this weekend along lebanon's eastern border with syria. hezbollah fighters joined troops to battle rebels in strategic towns. we have more from lebanon. >> the suicide attack on the hospital was powerful. plumes of smoke covered the town. followed by fighting as rebels closed in. more than 200 syrian army soldiers are besieged. a coalition of rebels including al nusra front fighters who are allied to al qaeda overruns the town around two weeks ago. the town is crucial to the syrian government. it is not far from aleppo and latakia, which is president bashar al-assad's stronghold on the coast. another crucial battle is taking place on syria's border with
lebanon. video from hezbollah, the lebanese group fighting along side the government forces shows fighting in the mountains. hezbollah says it's fighters are making making gains, clearing a number of areas. >> we are standing on the hilltop where the attack started. we use medium and heavy weapons and our ground troops are advancing under the cover of fire. syrian jets were providing support, hitting a number of targets. this is a key supply route for hezbollah and the syrian government. the regime wants to secure a key road connecting the capital damascus with homs, and on to president bashar al-assad's strong hold on to the western coast. it's a hard battle. the mountain range is vast and rugged. the syrian rebels are adopting guerilla warfare tactics and using the terrain as a hide out.
that could prove hard for the syrian government jets and fighters to control or clear the area. >> despite hezbollah's attacks, syrian's rebels are powerful in the area. they say they repelled a number of attacks and are vowing to fight back. this battle is going to be a long one. it could spillover and deepen tensions there. >> and here in the u.s. we are tracking dangerous weather throughout the middle part of this country. tornado watches and warnings are up in the mid western and great plains. kevin corriveau is here with the latest. we have seen severe weather and situations out there. >> that's right. and all week long but we'll deal with a bit this seasoning. look at what is happening now. i want to give you the big
picture. this is an area of low pressure. this is an area that hasn't moved too much. anywhere from parts of new mexico. all the storms are out ahead of it. i want to take you here towards part of texas, you can see a line of thunder storms that's an area that we are looking at. look at the video taken moments ago. two men were trapped on their truck and rescued by a helicopter and taken to an area - to the side. everything looked fine. it looked like from the video but i - i expect that we are going to be seeing more water rescues as we go through. there they are, the two gentlemen there, taken one by one from that truck that was flooded, and the waters have
increased in height in the last several minutes. coming back to the wall. taking look at the thunderstorm. we'll watch that for tornado coming out of it. we have seen a lot of activity, through the north we have seen a lot of activity and parts of wisconsin. tomorrow a lot of severe weather is from texas to the mississippi river. we are seeing things easing as we go towards tuesday, but what is left of tropical tomorrow is a tropical depression. we are not out of the woods. we'll see a bit of rain coming out of the tomorrow over the next 24 hours, anywhere between 4-6 more rain across the southern part of the coast of north carolina. flooding is going to be a big problem, and i wasn't able to get to it but the snow situation to the west is a major
issue. we are talking about a foot to two feet of snow in areas in south dakota and to parts of colorado and denver. >> not normal this time of year. >> it's an active like. >> appreciate it. still to come - a difficult recovering in nepal. among the most vulnerable. mothers and their newborns. also ahead - they are popping up all over manhattan. superskiny sky scrapers, lock at how they are made and how much the view costs - next.
survived the quake. we have the story from kathmandu. >> they are the youngest affected by the quake. premature babies born in the hours and days after. this woman was 30 weeks pregnant and was in hospital when it began to shake. >> first i was told not to move. the hospital kept shaking and an oxygen cylinder fell over. doctors told me to get out. i ran down the stairs. >> reporter: she had to get an emergency caesarian 12 hours later, because of a risk to her life and her babies. doctors say several women had miscarriages following the disaster, and emphasise the need to keep a close eye on their pregnant patients. >> in these kind of situations it is expected. we know women go through a lot of stress
women about to deliver are vulnerable. they may lose their homes their breadwinner. and that does cause stress, so it could be premature deliveries. >> some, however, didn't have the proper medical help even before the earthquake struck. adding to the stress is living in tends like this. coping in hot weather some days and rain on the others. at least they are close to hospitals like these in the capital. those in remote areas are more vulnerable. the united nations estimates there were 126,000 women in the quake effected areas that were pregnant. most in rural and remote districts. the focus now is getting medical centre to them. >> they will have centers where women can have the service the next step will be to provide the long-turn premature
babies. for them, the aftereffects of the earthquake may last a lifetime. for a look at what is coming up at the top of the hour let's check with del walters. >> thank a lot. a look at the week ahead. gulf arab leaders arrive to met with president obama, a preview of what is on the agenda and what allies want from the u.s. and the migrant crisis from the mediterranean - a look at whose job it is to deal with the bodies of those that don't make it architects are using cutting edge technology to change new york city's iconic skyline. they are building super tall super skinny skyscrapers. science and technology correspondent jacob ward shows us how. >> reporter: there's a new kind
of sky strainer going up in new york city. supertall knife-like towers for the extremely rich. the tallest, 442 park avenue boasts views of central park - honestly it seems like you could see china. this costs $95 million. we got in charge while it was under construction. silvio is the engineer behind pretty much every tall building in manhattan. >> there are so many buildings as i look around. >> it's amazing. looking at the portfolio. >> yes, i don't. >> reporter: for him the height of 432 park is not the challenge. the challenge is that in manhattan, you have to make it very thin. >> the thinner, the nicer the building. the width of the building multipled by 15 is equal to the height of the building. >> reporter: thing of a child's ruler, the slenderness ratio is one unit wide to 12 tall.
in terms of buildings that is skippy. the north tower of the world trade center one of the world's tallest buildings had a ratio of 1-7. 432 park avenue has 1:15 while looking down on the trade center or the top four. that creates its own set of problems. robert goodwin is designing another super slender tower for a turkish developer. >> for most people they understructure and a building as being something that holds it up that there's a weight and you have to keep it up. the nature of tall buildings, even ones that are less slender than this is much more about the way that the wind interacts with a tall building. the tower is going to move in the wind but if it moves slowly, you don't feel it. >> where we stand now, is it moving? >> the building is moving. you don't feel it.
>> we are able to engineer the building in such a way that the people will not see the movement. >> a pair of 650 tonne pendulums on the roof counter the movement. at 5 points along the lengths of the tower, there's no window to let the wind through. despite of that it's unnerving to be up there. >> i have been up here for the better part of an hour i can't get used to it. in theory people live up here if you ask the experts this is the future of high end residential living. >> the united states invented skyscrapers in 1885 and 1930s new york built icons like the empire state and the chrysler building, thanks to innovations. architectural histon carol willis says the super slender skyscraper is revolutionary and money makes it possible. >> there's more than 10 of those buildings that are beginning to emerge on the skyline.
i am sure there'll be more. seems like there's a new one announced every day. there's no greater punch of power than the wow factor of stepping into a space in the sky that is your domain. >> reporter: in the end the buildings are about power. >> we didn't just say there's a gym in the basement or a pool somewhere. one of the floors has something where you could have a chef's table, a dinner party for a lot of people. you may have a smaller apartment, but you might want a party for 50 people. the super slender towers are the future of new york and a select few wealthy residents will see it on high. for everyone else in the city, the new form of engineering serves to elevate the rich further above the rest and there's more ahead on al jazeera america - from surviving the civil war in sudan, to living the american dream. one of the so-called lose boys