this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines. weeks after the worst flooding in decades, a third of bangladesh is still underwater. in the united states, 100,000 homes have been damaged by hurricane harvey. the white house is to ask congress for emergency funding. i'm ben bland in london. also in the programme, the english premier league transfer window closes after clubs spend well over a billion pounds on new players. another problem for the great barrier reef — why coral bleaching is putting off tourists. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it is newsday. glad you could join us. it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london and 5:30
in the morning in delhi, where the full impact of the devastating floods across south asia is now becoming clear. heavy rains at this time of year are not unusual but the sheer loss of life certainly is. more than 1,200 people are believed to have died. relief agencies are struggling to help millions more made homeless. the monsoon rains are the heaviest south asia's seen in decades. the bbc‘s sanjoy majumder has this report. weeks after the worst flooding in decades, a third of bangladesh is still under water. many villages in the northern part of the country are still cut off. aid agencies are desperately trying to reach those affected. it's a similar situation across large parts of south asia. the eastern indian state of bihar has been hit the hardest. heavy rain and overflowing rivers have left large areas under water. more than 500 people have been killed, here, in the last few weeks. tens of thousands of people have lost their homes, and are staying in temporary camps.
there's still a lot of water, there's a lot of damage, a lot of people still out of their homes. people are surviving and getting on with things as they can. and india's financial capital of mumbai, a city of 20 million, was brought to stand still, after heavy rain on wednesday. transport services ground to a halt, forcing many to simply wade out. it is raining intensely across india, nepal, and bangladesh. it has done so for weeks. it has caused the worst flooding in decades, and it has led to a massive humanitarian crisis across the entire region. south asia is not unused to floods, but the scale of the disaster, this time round, has meant that the authorities have struggled to cope. sanjoy majumder, bbc news, delhi. let's take a look at some
of the day's other news. search is way for survivors. at least 21 people have been killed and a similar number injured after a building collapsed in india's biggest city, mumbai. 21 people have died, or than 20 others injured. devina gupta sent this report from the scene. it was a routine morning for residents here in south mumbai. at the time they had a large crash. it isa the time they had a large crash. it is a congested area. when they came out, this is what they saw dutch courage rubble and remnants of once was what a residential building here. around a0 people were inside the building of the time of collapse. right now risky operations are under way, at least three teams of the national disaster response force have been deployed here. you can see the construction machinery being used to lift the rubble. the locals were helping. this is the third building collapsed injust one month in mumbai alone. it is the
monsoon season as month in mumbai alone. it is the monsoon season as well, you've month in mumbai alone. it is the monsoon season 3s well, you've seen monsoon season 3s well, you've seen on tuesday several parts of mumbai we re on tuesday several parts of mumbai were flooded with water. and it is in this time that all the old buildings are quite vulnerable. the main challenge for the rescue effo rts main challenge for the rescue efforts right now is the congested area, the buildings are stacked against one another and the narrow lanes. now hoping that there won't be any more showers and there will be any more showers and there will be able to rescue more people from here. in other news. the european union's chief negotiator michel barnier says there's been no decisive progress in the talks about britain leaving the bloc. britain's negotiator, david davis, said there had been some advances, but acknowledged that differences remained. mr barnier also said there was a need to build trust in areas such as citizens‘ rights and financial obligations. it is clear that the uk does not
feel legally obliged to honour his obligations after departure. how can we build trust and start discussing the future relationship?” we build trust and start discussing the future relationship? i think it is fairto say the future relationship? i think it is fair to say we have seen some concrete progress, they would want more than that, but our discussions this week that the uk's approach is more flexible and pragmatic than that of the eu, it avoids unnecessary disruption for businesses and consumers. the trump administration has handed out the first contracts for building concrete prototypes for the president's much—publicised wall along the mexico border. the wall was the subject of one of president trump's first executive orders and has prompted protests on both sides. during his election campaign, mr trump had insisted that mexico would pay for the wall. the united states has ordered russia to close one of its main diplomatic missions by saturday. the state department said it was shutting the russian consulate in san francisco as well as diplomatic annexes
in washington and new york. it's in retaliation for moscow's expulsion of 755 us diplomatic staff, which takes effect on friday. about two million muslims from across the globe are participating in the annual hajj pilgrimage in saudi arabia. after a day of prayers at arafat plains east of mecca, pilgrims have started their descent to the holy site of muzdalifa. this movement is called nafrah meaning "the rush" in arabic. some pilgrims take trains or buses, but most walk the 17 kilometre—journey by foot, as an act of piety. japan's namely a site that is 19 years old japan's namely a site that is 19 yea rs old followed japan's namely a site that is 19 years old followed up a win over defending champion angela kerber in the us open with a 6—3, 4—6, 7—5 win over head of —— opponent. the us open with a 6—3, 4—6, 7—5 win over head of -- opponent. she now faces kaia kanepi on saturday. whether you've been
crying tears ofjoy — or despair about your team since the start of the football season. more than a.8 billion dollars has been spent in europe's top five leagues — the window for english teams has nowjust closed. but is the whole thing nowjust completely out of control? the bbc‘s andy swiss reports. it has been a summer spending spree like no other. big names, with even bigger price tags, as from manchester to chelsea, from arsenal to everton, across the premier league clubs have been splashing the cash in record quantities. and today has been their last chance.
among the movers, alex oxlade—chamberlain swapping his arsenal shirt for a liverpool one, for a mere 35 million. it has been a window of such staggering numbers, but fans of its biggest spenders, manchester city, say it's worth it. that's why we pay the money, basically. —— it's crazy, but that's football. that's why we pay the money, basically. we come here every match, we want to see success, we want to win trophies. don't get me wrong, some of the fees are ridiculous. but apart from that, it's great. five summers ago, premier league clubs spent just under £500 million on new players. last summer, the figure had more than doubled. but that record has already been broken. by this morning clubs had spent more than 1.2 billion. so why has it happened? well, a 50% increase in tv money, which brought last year's title winners, chelsea, some £150 million. some say that buying power could rise even further. i think we've talked for the last 20 years about the bubble potentially bursting, and it hasn't burst yet. what will happen to football rights if an amazon, a netflix or a google decides that they wish to acquire the rights, we can't really predict that at the moment.
but you'd expect that the value would go up even further. the summer's most jaw—dropping transfer was in france. neymar‘s £200 million move to paris st—germain. but collectively, it's the premier league that leads the pricing, or as some see it, the overpricing. it is mind—boggling, the figures that are about for players now. especially for the average players. if ever it was time to be a professionalfootballer, it's now. and deadline day has seen yet more striking numbers. risky operations are happening across texas. the white house says it will ask congress for emergency funding. us vice president mike pence saying more than 300 thousand people having registered for disaster assistance with 530 million dollars being distributed to those affected. 0ur north america correspondent james cook is there with the latest it is an unsettling sight — a fire smoldering in the water. this plant makes organic peroxides which must be kept cool but when the hurricane hit, the powerfailed and now they will explode.
they planned for this, but not well enough. police have a simple message — get out, now. already 15 officers have been to hospital for checks amid fears of fumes in the air. i know they got all kinds of chemicals, and ijust don't know which ones are in the water and coming down into my house, which means i got water into the house right now. it's going to be pretty nasty. as specialist teams roll in, the messages coming out are confusing and contradictory. the reports of explosions are now being denied. federal officials say the smoke is incredibly dangerous, the firm tells a different story. this isn't a chemical release — what we have is a fire. and where you have a fire where hydrocarbons, these chemicals are burning, sometimes you have incomplete combustion and you have smoke. the company which operates this plant says there is only one thing to do now, and that is to let this fire burn itself out. in the meantime, people are being warned to stay back as there may be further explosions. i live at the end... in houston, with the
floods receding, frank rogers is heading home to count the cost. when he escaped, the water in here was up to his chest and this scene is being repeated today in thousands upon thousands of homes. upset. all the work we got to do to get it back up. it's going to be a long, trying time. a long trying time, man. and still this storm is not stopping. to the east, the rain and the rescues are continuing on the border between texas and louisiana. saving civilians is now a military operation. trapped by the flooding and running out of food, dozens of residents had to be rescued from this care home in port arthur. tensions were at a very high level when i came into this facilities from the relatives and even from some of the volunteers who have come to try to take
these people out. the weakening storm is still capable of inflicting misery, and she wants to know, everyone wants to know, when will this end? you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme — we went to meet some of the many mourners and fans marking 20 years since the death of princess diana. also on the programme, we meet the taiwanese man using 3—d printing to make cheap prosthetic limbs. she received the nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and dying in india's slums. the head of the catholic church said mother teresa was a wonderful example of how to help people in need. we have to identify the bodies, then arrange the coffins and take them back home. parents are waiting and wives are waiting. hostages appeared, some carried,
some running, trying to escape the nightmare behind them. britain lost a princess today, described by all to whom she reached out as irreplaceable. an early—morning car crash in a paris underpass ended a life with more than its share of pain and courage, warmth and compassion. wilder everyone. you're watching newsday on the bbc. i am rico hizon
in singapore. and i am ben bland in london. good to have you with us. weeks after the worst flooding in several decades, around a third of bangladesh is still underwater and millions of people have been displaced. the us government has estimated that 100,000 homes have been damaged by hurricane harvey, and rescue operations are still going on. let's now look at some of the front pages from around the world. many papers focus on the north korean crisis, but the south china morning post takes a less obvious angle. despite concerns about whether north korea can feed itself, it says sanctions are failing to stop the smuggling of north korean seafood — particularly crabs — into china. tonnes of crabs are taken across the border at night after the police go home and, it says, "bribes do the rest". singapore's straits times dedicates
much of its coverage to the country's president dr tony tan keng yam who stepped down on thursday after six years. under the headline "farewell president tan", it has a picture of him hugging his wife, who he described as his pillar of support. and a possible breakthrough in parkinson's treatment features in the japan times. it says a stem cell trial by scientists in kyoto has successfully restored brain cells in monkeys which could help human patients with the disease. moving onto trending, then, which stories are sparking discussions online? in the amazon, a two year study by the world wildlife fund has discovered 381 new species, including this monkey. it equates to a new species discovered every two days. the discovery comes at a sensitive time as the brazilian government tries to allow more development. it's the largest single
biological structure on earth, and attracts millions of tourists every year. but there's growing concern that the great barrier reef is losing it's appeal, because of coral bleaching. warm water temperatures are believed to have caused the worst destruction of corals ever, last year, and that may well be putting visitors off. some people concerned about the publicity they said about the reef. we have a somewhat softer level of bookings and we had last year. there is not really an identifiable reason for that they can be attributed to things like the exchange rate, or larger scale issues. so we think that the impact of publicity and documentaries and scientific books us documentaries and scientific books us beginning to have an impact on visitor perceptions. indeed, perceptions are impacting the
situation. but our tourists still getting what they accept the negga to the red? -- getting what they expect when a guide the reef? they can still have a fantastic experience. the coral cover is still fantastic at tourism sites. overall, the reef is having an impact. there is an impact of bleaching events, but there is a huge amount of live coral, even at the worst affected areas. there are still about a0% cover. it is still a fantastic experience. and they can be seen by anyone who has had a first—hand account. briefly, if nothing is done to combat this reef damage? how do
you see your business looking next year, five years from now, or even a decade from now? well, it is a high—value product, the reef, here. and it has to be good quality coral for people to see. the long—term health of the reef is a great concern. and the management and policy makers need to make sure that everything that is possible is done to protect the coral as much as possible, and to preserve it. a taiwanese man who lost part of his arm in a factory accident has taught himself how to make prosthetic limbs using inexpensive 3d printing technology. chang hsien—liang now makes hands and arms for other disabled people for free. he's been telling us his story. such an inspiring and uplifting
story, that one. a cricket match has been abandoned after a project i was fired into the 0val here in london. the item — believed to be a crossbow bolt — landed very close to the umpires. the players very quickly left the field and supporters were all asked to move indoors. police said the incident was not being treated as terrorism—related. let's return to one of our top stories — the ongoing disruption caused by tropical storm harvey. as we saw injames cook's report — many people are returning to their homes to see the scale of the damage and begin the huge task of cleaning things up. tim allman now tells us about one man who shared a rather unusual homecoming. sitting almost knee deep in water, erikfinds sitting almost knee deep in water, erik finds solace in the storm. a local musician and pastor returned to his neighbourhood to fetch some
of his childrens‘ belongings. to reassure his son that the pianist worked filled with water, it played it. he was excited to see beauty in the suffering. as the piano...|j the suffering. as the piano...” will have two tune this one. elsewhere in houston, the sun shines, but many of the streets are still rivers. air bodes are making search and rescue troops almost a week after the storm hit. this man is looking for his pet cat, left behind when he had to flee. —— air boats. and this story has a happy ending. the animal was found, alive and well. this is a surreal experience. this is a mean i have never been to my life. i lived through hurricane katrina, but it was not this bad. my faith in humanity has been restored by all the volunteers who are helping us out. these are just a few stories
amongst thousands of similar stories. lives turned upside down, lies that will now have to be rebuilt. tim allman, bbc news. thursday was the anniversary of the death of diana princess of wales. it was an event that prompted a remarkable display of public grief in the late summer of 1997. people returned today to diana's former home, kensington palace, to leave flowers, messages, and candles — and to insist that the princess and her work will never be forgotten. in a moment, we'll have the news where you are, but we leave you tonight with some of the day's words and images, two decades after the princess's death. it wasn't just shaking hands. she was prepared to get stuck in and hold people and talk to them. and she wept with them as well, on occasion. she had a way of connecting with people, of all
ages, all backgrounds. she was born with two hearts. 0ne she gave to people, and one for herself. diana is our special princess. she made me unafraid to reach out to people who were suffering, even though there was stigma attached to it. before, i mean, it was unbelievable, the smell of the flowers. it wasjust wonderful. today marks the first day of the meteorological autumn, so i thought we would start with a summary of summer. a decent start. temperatures soared up to 35 celsius back in june,
but since then it has been rather disappointing. a cool second—half, especially in august. the first few weeks terrible and quite wet at times too. this morning we get off to a chilly start of the day. out in the countryside, temperatures down to about 3—a degrees in the coldest spots first thing, so a chill in the air. apart from that there will be plenty of morning sunshine. most areas having a dry morning as well. but into the early afternoon the cloud will bubble up, especially in eastern parts of the uk. a scattering of showers begins to develop. a largely dry picture in scotland. a few showers towards the borders and certainly into eastern counties of england. those showers get going. some of them will be heavy. thunder mixed in, but pretty well scattered. in the sunshine, wherever you are during the day on friday, there will be pleasant sunshine and it should feel reasonable, with temperatures generally into the high teens to the low 20s and a lightish north—westerly breeze in parts of the country. during the evening, those showers begin to fade away slowly. the second half of the night should become dry, and with clearing skies
it will be another chilly night. so to start off the weekend again temperatures down to about 11—12 degrees. colder than that in the countryside. about 3—a in the coldest spots. what about the weekend weather prospects? definitely a weekend of two halves. saturday with the best of it. sunny spells for the most part. but on sunday, after a bright start, particularly in the east, we start to see a band of rain moving across the uk. here is the pressure chart for the weekend. high pressure initially. there's this zone of wet weather moving into the second half of the weekend, with strengthening winds. in more detail, saturday is a decent day, with sunshine. dry for the vast majority. temperatures doing pretty well. high teens to low 20s, with light winds. it will feel pleasant in that september sunshine.
most temperatures towards south—east england. we will see this rain encroach overnight into northern ireland. after a bright start to the day across eastern scotland, much of england will see cloud thicken up. outbreaks of rain moving in and it will turn breezy. temperatures 18—19 degrees typically. that's your latest weather. i'm ben bland with bbc world news. our top story — across south asia, aid agencies are trying to help millions of people affected by flooding. more than 1,200 people are believed to have died. it's thought to be the worst monsoon season in decades, with tens of thousands of people forced from their homes in india, nepal and bangladesh. us officials say rescue operations are continuing across texas to help victims of storm harvey. floodwaters are expected to peak in some areas later on friday. around 100,000 homes have been affected and at least 33 people have died. and this story is trending on bbc.com. the english premier league's record summer spending has come to an end with the closure of the transfer window.