tv World News Today BBC News September 2, 2017 9:00pm-9:31pm BST
this is bbc world news today. i'm alpa patel — our top stories: flooding across south asia is affecting more than a0 million people. our correspondent has been to bihar, one of the worst—hit provinces of india. the water was above his head and came washing through here. you can see that it is absolutely terrible, the mud left behind. president trump has made another visit the houston texans to talk to some of the flood victims. the un says nearly 60,000 rohingya muslims have fled into bangladesh from myanmar in the past week — bringing with them stories of horror. so many people were killed. they set fire to everything. ijust ran. they we re fire to everything. ijust ran. they were shooting at us. i got hit. there were some people whose throat was slashed with knives. a master class in the wet — as lewis hamilton becomes the record
pole—sitter in formula one. hello and welcome to world news today. aid agencies say around 45 million people across south asia are now affected by catastrophic flooding. more than moo people are known to have died following torrential monsoon rains. the international red cross is warning that the floodwaters are becoming a breeding ground for deadly diseases — including malaria. the aid agency says many remote communities are completely cut off — and are running out of food. many of those left homeless — are now sleeping on roadsides and in makeshift shelters in india, bangladesh and nepal. the bbc‘sjustin rowlatt, sent this report from bihar state in northern india. where we're going can only be reached by boat.
the only dry place for miles around is on top of this great embankment, but the embankment that now protects the villagers is the reason the floods had such a catastrophic impact. the torrential rains transformed the normally placid river, the pressure grew and grew. so what happened, the embankment holding back the river breached and the water came crashing in here, sweeping away half the village, devastating their homes, devastating their lives. translation: it felt like we were hit by an ocean of water, ijust ran for my life, taking my children with me. i didn't have time to save anything. everything i own has gone. this man showed me what the floods had done to his home. 0h!
look at this. so, he said the whole place was flooded with water. the water was above his head and came washing through here. you can see, it'sjust left absolutely terrible mud behind. so, he says for three days they had no food at all and then some people came, bringing food. some relief for them. he said there wasn't enough room to stay on the embankment so he had to bring his family down here, including his three—year—old child. to live amongst this filth. it is eid today, one of the great festivals of islam. like most of the village, this family is muslim. for the first time since the catastrophe they are having meat, but there was little appetite for celebration. tens of thousands of communities across south asia have similar stories of horror and destruction to tell. the only good news here, is that
everyone in this village survived. justin rowlatt, bbc news, bihar. welljustin forsyth is from unicef — he outlined the challenges facing aid agencies. well, we have over 45 million people affected by these floods, and 16 million children in dire need of humanitarian aid. the biggest need is to make sure that the waterborne diseases don't take hold. that means clean water, sanitation. but we also need to be aware that many of the people in these areas, in remote areas of india and nepal, bangladesh, our farmers and they've lost all their livelihoods. their crops, also their cattle. so we have to look at nutritional needs as well, particularly for very vulnerable children. i mean, this part of the world has monsoons every year. these monsoons are the worst ones that we have seen for decades and were only in the middle of them.
it's going to get worse before it gets better by the end of october. already, 45 million people are severely affected. the infrastructure is weak. in india, we know the indian military has a strong humanitarian capability. but nepal, for example, is still recovering after the earthquake, in bangladesh a third of the country is underwater. i've been out in some of these remote areas in bihar and 0rissa in india. communities are resilient, but they've been knocked sideways by the scale of these floods. this is about eight times the scale of harvey in america. we've seen the terrible shots and pictures, i live here in the us and it has really moved all of us, the scale of that. but this is much, much bigger, with with weaker capabilities. so it is going to take a big effort to make sure we meet the basic needs of millions andmillions of children and their families. justin forsyth from unicef. and on the subject of harvey — president trump and his wife melania
have arrived in houston. it's their second visit to texas in a week. they have been spending the day speaking to survivors and also meeting some of the emergency workers helping with the rescue and recovery effort. here's a little of what the president had to say when he first arrived: really, i think people appreciate what's been done. it's been done very efficiently, very well, and that's what we wanted. we are very happy with the way everything has gone. a lot of love. there's a lot of love. what did the families tell you? they were just happy. we saw a lot of happiness. it's been really nice. it's been a wonderful thing. as tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing. i think even for the country to watch, and for the world to watch. it's been beautiful. have a good time, everybody. i'm going to be doing a little help over here. mrtrump mr trump mentioned he was about to start helping. and here he is
serving meals at a shelter. during his first visit to texas on tuesday, this week come he came in for some criticism when he only met officials. 0ur correspondent is in houston and gave us more details about the president's second visit. when he came at the beginning of the week he didn't come to houston, he went to a different part of texas, because then houston was underwater, in the midst of this great emergency, he didn't want to disrupt that. now that the waters have receded, he is here to visit survivors, as well as volunteers. he stopped at an evacuation or relief centre. he visited parents and children in a play area. he went to the food line, he handed out some food. the response, you know, people welcomed him. they wanted selfies with him. he shook hands with them. the whole tone of this trip, i think, is to show a real kind of hands—on, personal presidential approach to the suffering that has been caused from this storm come on the one hand. —— been caused from this storm, on the one hand. but also to reinforce the fact,
what he has been saying all week is that the government will support the victims and will come through with the assistance. he has just come to houston off the back of having asked congress for the first tranche of what is going to be billions and billions of dollars to deal with the result of the hurricane. and barbara, will they be able to free up that money, given the debt ceiling is an issue here? well, yes, the problem with that is that the government runs out of the ability to borrow money at the end of september, it reaches its debt limit. that has to be raised, and that is often quite a politically contentious issue. if it's not raised, even the money that is allocated won't be able to be spent. alongside the request to congress for the money, the nearly $8 billion, the white house did say we want that debt ceiling raised and we want this bill, this legislation passed as quickly as possible. don't link them together in any sort of political battle. there is quite a responsive attitude in congress in terms of allocating this initial amount of money at the very least. i think we will see a vote on that next week. we can stay in houston. there you
can see president trump. he isjust about to board air force one. he'll be travelling from houston to louisiana, another area affected by harvey. we shall see in the coming hours what he has to say there. let's get more on this. we can speak to peter daly, a flood risk expert in the us, whojoins us now from california. thank you forjoining us. california. thank you forjoining us. flooding, undoubtedly the biggest challenge here. how do you assess and calculate the damage? what we do is to provide estimates of potential economic and insured losses for major events such as
harvey. the way we go about that is the first assess the hazard, which would be the level of flooding you would be the level of flooding you would expect in the houston area. as well as the winds and the storm surges that we got along the coastline. combined with our knowledge of the relationship between the floodwaters and the amount of damage that will cause. inaudible we will have calculations for all of the properties across texas. we developed an estimate of the total insured damage. we start with the economic damage. which would be the amount of property lost and the amount of property lost and the amount of property lost and the amount of money it would take to reconstruct those properties. we're having some trouble with your line. we will stick with it for the moment. it estimated 80% of people affected by these floods don't have insurance. could you tell us why? in the us the private flood insurance
inaudible most people in the us purchase their flood insurance from the national programme, which is offered by the government. pa rt government. part of the reason for the low take—up rate, which would be the amount of insurance purchased by homeowners and business owners, which would be as a result of the recognition of the risk. unless you live in a high risk zone, and in some places you are required by the bank to purchase flood insurance for your mortgage, a lot of people don't recognise the amount of flood risk they have. they are not living on they have. they are not living on the coastline or near a river, so they don't recognise that a storm like harvey can cause significant damage from a flood. what will happen to the people in this scenario who don't have insurance? that is a concern. as was mentioned by your earlier interview. the
programme is up for reauthorisation at the end of this month. for the people who don't have flood insurance, they will have other areas they can resort to. for example, a small business not covered by flood insurance may have the ability to take out a low interest loa n the ability to take out a low interest loan with a small business administration. there will be other forms of help. but the fact the flood insurance ta ke—up forms of help. but the fact the flood insurance take—up is relatively low means the recovery rate could be slow, given the fact they won't be ready to make the repairs straight from the proceeds of flood insurance. experts are saying we are likely to see more and more of these intense storms hitting parts of the us. given what you are saying do you think people should be made to have flood insurance? this will be a debate that will be in
congress this month as they re—evaluate the programme. from a scientific point of view, what we are scientific point of view, what we a re really interested scientific point of view, what we are really interested in is understanding the best way to get the word out to insurance companies of what that is. you will see more private flood insurance offered in states like florida and texas where the risk is high. consumers and homeowners will have the ability to purchase flood insurance more readily from the open market. they will have more options in terms of insurance products. with a storm like harvey it brings to the forefront of the real issue of flood risk. what we would expect is for the take—up risk. what we would expect is for the ta ke—up rates risk. what we would expect is for the take—up rates to increase. and so the take—up rates to increase. and so hopefully when the next major flood occurs there will be a more direct transfer of risk to the insurance market. and more of a
return to the insured. so that will allow for the recovery to move a little bit more quickly. allow for the recovery to move a little bit more quicklylj allow for the recovery to move a little bit more quickly. i am glad the line improved us that interview went on. thank you very much for being with the bbc. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. some militants have died during an attack at a power station. the assault began in the early hours when armed men wearing explosives entered the plant and took workers captive. several civilians also died. the group which calls itself islamic state is believed to be behind the attack. the mexican president, enrique pena nieto, says he wants to continue talks with the united states to agree a border policy. but he says he will not accept any proposal that goes against mexico's dignity as a nation. it was his first state of the union address since president trump came to power, who promised to build a wall along the southern us border and to make mexico pay for it. the authorities in the german city
of frankfurt have been evacuating patients from two hospitals and head of the planned disposal of a huge second world war bomb. several thousands of people will have to evacuate their homes after it was discovered on a building site. the united nations says nearly 60,000 rohingya muslims have fled from myanmar to bangladesh to escape spiralling violence. it's after rohingya militants attacked police positions a week ago. according to the campaign group, human rights watch, new satellite imagery shows more than seven hundred homes have been burned down in a rohingya village. sanjoy majumder sent us this report from a refugee camp — on the bangladesh—myanmar border. exhausted and traumatised after escaping death. many of these rohingyas have walked for hours across hills, and wading through paddy fields to avoid border patrols
before making it here. these are fresh arrivals, rohingyas who have just arrived after crossing the border, and with every passing hour, there are more and more of them coming. there is absolutely no space left any more, so they are just living on any piece of open ground they can find, and many of them have the most disturbing testimony to share. i meet a man who is nursing a bullet wound in his foot. he tells me that his village, just across the border, was attacked, allegedly by the myanmar military and armed mobs. translation: so many people were killed. theyjust set fire to everything. ijust ran. they were shooting at us and i got hit. there were people whose throats were slashed with knives. from inside the state, the scars of violence.
entire villages burned down. there is not a house left standing. this is where the myanmar military has been carrying out a massive crackdown. following an attack last week and dozens of rohingya police force. the situation seems to be one where it is rapidly sliding towards a precipice. many people are on the move. significant areas of the state are on fire. as for those who have managed to flee the fighting, they are building temporary shelters and trying to make a home for themselves. bangladesh, after initially trying to stop them, is now letting them in. for the survivors, this represents freedom. it has come at a cost, and they are still uncertain about what lies ahead. stay with us on bbc
world news, still to come... grand slam motherhood, the tennis world congratulates serena williams as she gives birth to her daughter. this is bbc world news today — the latest headlines: flooding in south asia has left moo people dead and 45 million displaced or homeless. president trump pays another visit to texas, this time calling on congress to approve nearly $8 billion in aid. kenya's deputy president has called on the electoral commission to set a date for fresh electoral commission to set a date forfresh presidential electoral commission to set a date for fresh presidential elections after the supreme court overturned last month's vote. it's the first
timea last month's vote. it's the first time a legal challenge to a presidential vote has been successful a nywhere presidential vote has been successful anywhere in africa. president kenyatta also lashed out at the court's decision, calling the judges crooks, and said the country has a problem with its judiciary. 0ur correspondent is following developments from nairobi and gave this assessment of president kenyatta's reaction. that news has not gone down well. he has called the judges crooks. he even said after the elections are done he will come back and deal with thesejudges. it isn't done he will come back and deal with these judges. it isn't clear what that means. but he isn't happy. the supreme courtjudges that means. but he isn't happy. the supreme court judges have that means. but he isn't happy. the supreme courtjudges have gone against the will of the people, he said. he said the people voted for him and the supreme judges have stood in the way. looking at the way the previous elections were organised, there was a lot of strain and scrutiny when it came to the electoral commission. they have two months to put these collections
together. i think they will feel like even those two months will not be enough for them. they will try to maximise on that little time to be able to put it together. looking at the system, is it going to be a repeat of the electronics system which has been blamed for what we have just seen, which has been blamed for what we havejust seen, or will which has been blamed for what we have just seen, or will the electoral system revert to a manual system, or even a mix of the two, it remains to be seen how that will go. cat downes has all the sport. lewis hamilton has set a new pole position record in reaching his 69th career pole. breaking the previous landmark set by michael schumacher in treacherous conditions. he was more than a second quicker than his nearest rival. he will be hoping to ta ke nearest rival. he will be hoping to take over sebastian vettel‘s in the championship. backin
back injune, back in june, before back injune, before the azerbaijan grand prix, he said he could easily continue in the sport. possibly until the age of a0. he is now 32. he said he wants to hunt down more records, including michael schumacher‘s, who has seven titles. if he went on for another eight yea rs if he went on for another eight years he would pretty much have to win the world title every other season to beat michael schumacher. there are not any big records a good imminently break. the other one of interest is race wins, held by michael schumacher, who has a 33 more than lewis hamilton. if he got ten a year it would take another three years. he is expected to sign a new contract with mercedes. he could achieve the title of getting the most race wins, but i'm not sure he will get to those seven. because you have other drivers like sebastian vettel who has four world titles. he could get more because he
is staying at ferrari for three yea rs. is staying at ferrari for three years. it would be very difficult for the lewis hamilton to break the other records of michael schumacher. shane duffy opened the scoring for ireland early on, but things were level not long after. ben woodburn has just scored from a strike from the edge of the area. isco has scored two. the match between croatia and kosovo was abandoned because of bad weather. riyad mahrez was missing
from played today. he was released by algeria early in the week to try to serve out his possible transfer, but he wasn't even on the bench as zambia move into second place. at the us open in new york rafael nadal and roger federer are due to play their third round matches later. top seed rafael nadal will play maya. action is well underway. the world number eight will next face either roberta and mr battut or
juan martin del potro. the 23 time grand slam champion, serena williams, has given birth to a baby girl at a clinic in florida. sports stars and celebrities have sent their congratulations. no name yet. she says she plans to return to tennis for the australian open. what are the odds on her winning that? back to you. thanks very much. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter — i'm @alpapatel. that is it from me and the team. goodbye for now. a lovely start to the weekend with
the exception of some sharp showers in east anglia. most places dry with sunshine. sunshine will be harder to come by tomorrow. this was the day on the picture. this is tomorrow. this atlantic weather system coming in. through the night we will see outbreaks of rain spreading across northern ireland and reaching into the western fringes of scotland, wales, and south—west england. the wind is picking up as well. high cloud spreading further east across the uk. that means temperatures are not going down as far as they have on recent nights. eastern england and eastern scotland will be clear. the morning is a wet and windy picture for parts of south—west england and wales with heavy of rain. look at the contrast, some hazy sunshine for the east, fairly pleasa nt start hazy sunshine for the east, fairly pleasant start to the day. some in the east will stay dry all day
although the cloud will thicken further when the wind picks up. rain knocking on the door of north—west england. rain pushing across northern ireland overnight and into much of south—west scotland. the north and east mainly dry. 0nce much of south—west scotland. the north and east mainly dry. once this system is into the west it does not wa nt to system is into the west it does not want to move further east with any great haste. what we find is gradual outbreaks of rain affecting north—west england, the midlands, western pa rt of north—west england, the midlands, western part of south—west england, pushing into some in the north west of scotland. but on the eastern side of scotland. but on the eastern side of scotla nd of scotland. but on the eastern side of scotland and much of eastern england, things are likely to stay dry, but increasing cloud. cool in the rain. pleasant in the hazy sunshine. lots of cloud around edinburgh and increasing breeze, but for much of the day it will be dry. sunday evening, some patchy rain set to go further east across east anglia and the south east of england. a lot of low cloud, mist, and hill fog in the south, as well.
this weather grinding to a halt on monday. expect a lot of cloud on monday. expect a lot of cloud on monday. not a lot of rain, just patchy and light drizzle may be. another weather system is bringing more rain back to parts of scotland and northern ireland during the day. this is bbc world news. flooding in south asia has left more than a5 million displaced or homeless. more than ia00 people have died across india, bangladesh and nepal after torrential and soon reigns. donald trump is visiting the areas hit by storm system harvey. he has promised to seek nearly $8 billion in federal aid to help flood victims. the un says nearly 60,000 people from the rohingya minority have crossed into bangladesh as they flee a military crackdown. the metropolitan police has paid compensation to the former head of the army, lord bramall, and the family of the late home