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this is bbc news. i'm annita mcveigh. the headlines at 2pm. hurricane irma pounds cuba with winds of more than 150mph. the cu ban authorities the cuban authorities did try to move large numbers of people out of harm's way, but still many have been left, particularly in the central province. we understand there are many thousands ever people there without power at the moment. as the storm approaches florida, nearly six million people have been told to leave their homes. can you go to your family, friends, go to those shelters. we don't want people on the road, when this storm sta rts people on the road, when this storm starts to hit. other caribbean islands, such as barbuda, already devastated by irma, are now bracing for the expected arrival of another hurricane, jose, over the weekend. a day of national mourning in mexico, after the country's deadliest earthquake in 80 years kills more than 60 people. the un warns of an unprecedented
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refugee crisis, after nearly 300,000 rohingya muslims flee from myanmar to bangladesh. and the manchester arena re—opens tonight with a benefit concert, more than three months after the terrorist attack which killed 22 people. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. hurricane irma is continuing to sweep its way across the caribbean, en route to the us coast, leaving a path of devastation. cuba is the latest island to be hit. the category four storm — it was category five, the highest, but has eased slightly — made landfall off the north—eastern coast overnight bringing strong winds and heavy rain. communities have lost power
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and communication is becoming increasingly difficult in more remote areas. the bahamas have largely been spared after the storm changed course. this is irma's trajectory. it's expected to make landfall with us coast tomorrow, before heading inland. in florida, more than five million people — a quarter of its population — have been told to evacuate. and there's another hurricane coming. jose has strengthened to a category four, driving winds of 125mph, and forecasters warn it could strengthen still further. richard galpin has this report. four days after hurricane irma first hit the caribbean, cuba is now feeling the full force of its deadly winds. gusts of more than 150 miles an hour, blasting these desolate streets in the north. the destruction is going to be terrible and the economic
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situation is very bad. great international assistance is going to be needed. many houses are old and unstable, but so far it is not clear how much damage it has caused. what is clear, the category four hurricane or track along much —— will track along much of cuba's northern coast, before shifting northern coast, before shifting north to the united states. already, thousands of people have moved away from the cuban coast, including british tourists. some of whom say the holiday company could have got them out of the country before the storm hit. they had a big window where they could have got some taken out, even if they chartered them from such as america. it seems like thomas cook have left is here where everyone else has been evacuated out of the country. in response, thomas cook says... meanwhile, in southern
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florida, the next place expected to be hit by the hurricane, there has already been an unprecedented evacuation. more than five million people ordered to leave. for any people who have not already started driving out of the area, it is too late, according to the authorities. we have shelters in your community, go to those shelters. you can go to your family, your friends, but go to those shelters. we don't want people on the road when the storm starts to hit. this is the destruction that hurricane irma has already caused on some of the islands it has passed over so far this week. this is barbuda, or what is left of it. and now, another powerful hurricane,
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jose is fast approaching the same area. richard galpin, bbc news. 0ur correspondent will grant is in the cuban capital of havana. people thought on cuba they would avoid the worst of this storm. it's becoming very apparent that's not the case for many communities along that northern coastline. irma hit with the full force of a category five storm, the first time that has happened on cuba since the 1920s, which gives you a sense of the scale of this event. the cuban authorities did try to move large numbers of people out of harm's way, but still many have been left, particularly in the central province. we understand there are many thousands of people there are many thousands of people there without power at the moment. there is flooding in that region too and while the tourists have by and
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large made it back to havana, there are still plenty of fishing communities and individual villages along that coastline and we're still really waiting to hear from a large swathe of cuba. emergency aid supplies are being sent to victims of hurricane irma in haiti and the caribbean region. three raf flights we re caribbean region. three raf flights were deployed yesterday, as the government steps up its relief effort to help those caught up in the devastation. we can speak now to mark nicholson from the aid charity shelter box. thanks forjoining us. tell us what you do. shelter box is a rapid response charity, based in the uk, but we've got 17 affiliates around the world now. we have deployed to the caribbean very often. we are specialists in emergency shelter, after natural disasters like this or indeed during conflicts. and i understand that a
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tea m conflicts. and i understand that a team has arrived in what is the regional hub of panama. what are going to be their first priorities? well, we go to panama because that is the united nations aid base for the gulf of mexico and the caribbean area. we always have aid prepositioned and stored there. indeed we have 2,000 kits ready to go. what we'll be doing, what our tea m go. what we'll be doing, what our team of four will be doing over the next couple of days is talking to all the other relief agencies, including the red cross and un and making their decisions as to where the greatest need will be. the interesting conundrum here, as you've just reported, is that not only has irma laid waste to so many islands, but we have another weather system coming through. it would be foolish to deploy aid where it's going to be destroyed a couple of days later. very difficult decisions will have to be made about where best to deploy aid. i've been chatting to other relief charities over the last couple of days. we we re over the last couple of days. we were dangerousing that very point, with another hurricane coming, how
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does that impact on the decisions you are making and how does it change the response? well, of course, apart from anything else we never want to put our own people in harm's way. you have to choose the timing very carefully. the availability of flights into the islands, or indeed sea going transport is another consideration when the weather is so bad. we are experts in this area. we deployed last to haiti after hurricane matthew, towards the end of last year. we have great contacts across the caribbean in. haiti we worked closely with rotary international collea g u es closely with rotary international colleagues and with the local government agencies and our partner agencies, such as the red cross. we have these good contacts. we have fantastic transport support, all over the world. if more than the 2,000 bits of kit that we have ready and waiting in panama are required, we will source those from all over the world. once your people get the window and the weather that they
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need to do what they want to do, just tell us about how these shelterboxes, how they work. well, what is likely to be most useful in these scenarios is what we call a shelter kit, which supplies people with the ability to repair their damaged buildings or indeed make rudimentary shelters themselves. that consists of heavy duty tarps, and tools to clear land. and essential items you might not think of immediately, where power is down, you need solar lighting. we supply those to families because personal lighting is very important in these situations. and also, there will reach a point on some islands where the lack of fresh water becomes an issue. so we supply water filtration to make sure that diseases like could raw can't take hold —— cholera can't take hold. families can create fresh water to drink. we have
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cooking implements so they can rebuild their lives by having meals together and that begins the psychological return to normality. and i understand your teams are in an area after devastation like this for anywhere between two and six months. it's that initial getting people back on their feet period. indeed. we set no time scale to any disaster. we will stay as long as we' needed, as long as we can help. we can constantly refresh our teams. we can constantly refresh our teams. we have a lot of volunteers based in the us well used to working in the caribbean. the length of stay will not be an issue for us. 0bviously, we're a charity and resources are limited. but if people wish to support us they can find shelter box easily online and the more income we get, the more people we can help in circumstances like this. we are active at the same time with flooding issues all over the world, in places like nepal and bangladesh. we have teams at the moment. 0ne mustn't forget though the caribbean is taking a dreadful hit at the moment, that there are literally
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millions, tens of millions displaced elsewhere in the world. ok, thank you very much for talking to us. good luck to your teams in the caribbean. jane 0'brien is in miami and joins me now. as statistics go, this one more than five million people, a quarter of florida's population have been told to evacuate. that's a huge movement of people, isn't it? it's the largest evacuation in the state's history. this is just largest evacuation in the state's history. this isjust how largest evacuation in the state's history. this is just how seriously people here are taking it. although there are inevitably the few die hards who have for whatever reason decided to stay and ride it out, even they are frightened. i was speaking to a few of them just yesterday on miami beach. they're really worried. they're second guessing what could happen. there's the storm surge, relentless winds. this is a storm that nobody in this state has ever experienced before. although a lot of the buildings were
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improved after hurricane andrew struck, nobody has tested them. they're able to with stand a category three hurricane. but this isa category three hurricane. but this is a category four and as it passes the warm waters, as it rolls into florida, it could gain strength and become a category five again. people are very, very worried. the tension here is really quite palpable. because no matter how good your infrastructure, no matter how good the teams that you have to respond to something like this, there's only so to something like this, there's only so much they can do in the face of a hurricane of these proportions and the head of the us federal emergency agency, i note saying that irma is simply going to devastate florida. well, we don't know what impact it's going to have until really it hits on sunday. as i said, these buildings have not been tested. but it's going to be a pretty big
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walloping. the other problem is that people have been trying to predict the path of it themselves. a lot of people, when the evacuation started to be ordered earlier in the week, started to head west, because at that point, the path was projected to head east. now there's been a wobble, which hurricanes are a p pa re ntly wobble, which hurricanes are apparently notorious for, and it's now heading up the west coast. all those people who thought they were getting out of the harm's way and heading for safety, now find themselves directly in the path of irma. a lot of people are saying any way, well, where do we go? this storm is twice the size of the state of florida. and it's heading north. all roads out of florida lead north. we've seen this exodus of people in a very, very we've seen this exodus of people in a very, very narrow we've seen this exodus of people in a very, very narrow corridor of escape, which is why we've seen so much congestion, shelters filling up quickly and now a gas shortage. there is no petrol station anywhere near here that is open and has petrol. ok, for the moment, thank
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you very much. joining me now is ben rich from the bbc weather team. this is huge, ben, we know that. we've known that from the outset. as jane was saying, the largest evacuation in the state's history, the state of florida. what is irma doing right now? so right now, irma is passing just to the north of cuba. can you see it here on the satellite picture. you'll see the way that the storm is gradually moving its way westwards. now it's beenjust scraping along the north coast of cuba, but it's come close enough to wea ken cuba, but it's come close enough to weaken the storm a little bit. remember these hurricanes when they make contact with land, they tend to weaken. they need the warm waters of the ocean. this storm has weakened a bit. winds at the moment 130mph, down on where they have been. that still makes it a category four hurricane, as this storm continues to work its way westwards. then it looks like and this is what we're waiting for now, it looks like the
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storm is going to start to track northwards towards florida. as it moves northwards towards florida. as it m oves over northwards towards florida. as it moves over the warm waters again, it could well strengthen further once again. it could be getting stronger as it heads towards florida. we saw, for example, that it was predicted initially to hit the bahamas. it didn't. at least not in a major way. but is there any doubt that florida is going to really feel the impact of of irma? we've been tracking this or many days now. the further out you get, as with most of these weather situations, the greater the uncertainty becomes. yes, because of a slightly further westwards track, the bahamas is in a much better position than we were perhaps expecting. but in terms of florida, it seems very likely that in some way this storm will move towards demroor — the forecast takes it towards the south—west of florida. through saturday night and into sunday, you'll see the way that this storm system looks likely to edge
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across the very warm waters. sea temperatures around 31 degrees. that's why we think it could strengthen again. likely to be a major hurricane as it makes landfall. it looks most likely to edge up the western side of florida, so places like tampa could well see some very, so places like tampa could well see some very, very heavy rain, some extremely strong winds. the storm surge clois to the coast as well. a real set of impacts to cause devastation. a word of jose which is behind. is that normal to have two hurricanes coming so close together? we are now at the peak of, or approaching the peak of the atlantic hurricane season. it's not that much ofa hurricane season. it's not that much of a surprise. jose is taking a different track. it's passing to the north of the lee wood islands. looks like it's not going to make a direct hit to places like barbuda, which is good news for them. then that storm looks likely to move to the north and will not on current thinking head towards places like cuba and florida. slightly different track
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but not unusual to get a couple of hour canes at this time of year. some relief if it doesn't hit the places badly damaged by irma. thank you very much ben. there's plenty more on hurricane irma on our website: the headlines on bbc news: that is our main story today, hurricane irma pounds cuba with winds of more than 150mph. as the storm approaches florida, nearly six million people have been told to leave their homes. and here, the manchester arena re—opens tonight with a benefit concert more than three months after the terrorist attack which killed 22 people. rescue operations are under way in mexico after its most powerful earthquake in nearly a century killed more than 60 people.
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three of the poorest states in the country suffered the most, losing hundreds of buildings. the bbc‘s juan paullier travelled to juchitan where the destruction is widespread. almost 2a hours after the earthquake, rescue operations are still under way because one person is still missing here, a policeman that worked in the city town hall. part of the 19th—century building collapsed. this was the most affected place by the most powerful earthquake to hit the country in almost a century. it was also the biggest experienced anywhere this year. a few seconds were enough to leave behind a trail of destruction and reduce parts of this
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city to rubble. this is a tragedy and one of the poorest parts of mexico, and many people here are not only grieving over the deaths of their relatives, their friends, their neighbours, but also deeply distressed by the destruction of their hometown and concerned about their own immediate future. they simply don't know where they're going to live. we can show you live pictures now. this is where juan we can show you live pictures now. this is wherejuan was just reporting from, as police soldiers and emergency workers rush to establish if anyone is alive under the rubble and most possibly, observing, to recover bodies from the rubble of houses, churches and
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schools that were devastated by the 8.1 schools that were devastated by the 8. 1 magnitude quake. the death toll could be more than 80 according to figures reported by state officials. at the moment, the official tally is that this earthquake has killed at least 61 people. thejunction is the junction is warning thejunction is warning of the junction is warning of an unprecedented refugee crisis in bangladesh. it says more than 250,000 people have fled from myanmar in recent days, a dramatic increase on previous estimates. the muslim rohingya minority says myanmar‘s military has been attacking them and burning villages. the un says 270,000 people have crossed into bangladesh injust a fortnight. 0ur correspondent sent this report from the border between bangladesh and mayan mar. myanmar.
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that's the last village inside bangladesh. myanmar is on the other side. we've been told every village on the other side has apparently been burnt to the ground. a barbed wire fence separates the two countries. you can see the bangladesh border police on guard here. they've been saying over the past few days, they've seen increased military activity in this area. they've heard the sound of gunfire, also explosions. it's believed that side of the border is heavily mined. this is the main route that they're coming into bangladesh. translation: this morning we arrived here when we heard some gunfire. then we saw about 300 to 400 burmese soldiers walking on that side. most went ahead. but some stayed back. people says they were planting landmines on the ground to prevent the rohingyas from crossing. the accusation is they're using
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anti—personnel landmines, banned by the international community. for tens of thousands of refugees already in bangladesh, more coming in every day, this is yet another thing that they have to be concerned about. the nhs in england has issued new guidance to terror attack victims, after some were subjected to vile and upsetting abus online. it warns about the pit falls of using social media and also says people need to be wary of journalists. media and also says people need to be wary ofjournalists. but it adds that social media can also play a positive role in helping victims and families after attacks. a trust, which runs 21 schools across yorkshire has said it can no longer manage them and has asked the government to find a new sponsor. wakefield city academies trust is believed to be the first academy chain to make such a decision. the department for education says it'll work with the trust until a new sponsor can be found. the manchester arena re—opens
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tonight, just three months after the terrorist attack which killed 22 people. extra security measures will be in place for the concert. headlines is noel gallacher and his band ah, longside the courteneers and rick astley. we heard earlier from our correspondent in manchester. she said that tonight's concert is about celebrating the city and remembering the victims of the terror attack. it'sjust over 100 days since the suicide bomber debt nateded a device —— detonated a device in crowds leaving a concert here. 22 people were killed, 59 injured. many of them were children. the youngest victim was just eight yea rs the youngest victim was just eight years old. tonight, it's about celebrating manchester and remembering those victims. the bands are from the city. it's expected that some of those coming tonight
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will have been at the ariana grande concert. they will be hoping to replace horrific memories with something more positive. james allen spoke to the bbc yesterday.” something more positive. james allen spoke to the bbc yesterday. i think it's going to be emotional for everybody. not only will we have our staff here, we will have people that we re staff here, we will have people that were here on the night that have bought a ticket and come back. this is emotional for the whole of manchester. what we're hoping to do is really give people confidence to come back to the arena and not just for tomorrow night, but going forward and finding that they will have a safe environment to come into and we're asking people to bring as little stuff with them because the security process will be different to how it's been done before. as you heard there, there will be extra security measures in place. the sniffer dogs have been out here this morning. what this concert is about is showing that manchester is a safe place to come and bring their family, although people here will be
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supported by a specialist mental health trauma team, if anyone is struggling this evening, that will be on hand to help. hsbc has apologised to thousands of businesses after closing their accounts, some say without notice. hsbc contacted them for information about payments they'd made overseas part of the bank's programme to tackle money laundering. some businesses which failed to respond had their accounts shut down. more homes and businesses in remote parts of the uk are set to gain access to superfast broadband according to the government. up to £645 million from the superfast broadband rollout scheme will be made available for re—investment. it means up made available for re—investment. it means up to 98% of the uk could have access to higher speeds in the next few years. the government is being urged to force restaurants, pubs and ta keaways force restaurants, pubs and takeaways in england to display their food hygiene takeaways in england to display theirfood hygiene ratings. five means hygiene is very good, zero
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requires urgent improvement. the local government association wants to see businesses that fail to comply fined or prosecuted. all food outlets, including restaurants, pubs and takeaways are given hygiene ratings by local councils. the scores range from zero to five. in wales and northern ireland, all food premises are legally required to publicly display those ratings, even if they've received a low score. but the same scores on the doors law, as it's known, does not apply in england, meaning a restaurant that might have been deemed to be filthy doesn't have to let its customers know. now the local government association says brexit should be used as an opportunity to tighten the laws in england. they're calling for england to come in line with wales and northern ireland and scores on the doors, the food hygiene ratings, are published on the premises doors, so you know when you arrive what the hygiene rating
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is. the lga says the change would encourage food outlets to improve hygiene and reduce cases of food poisoning. some of them are beautiful pieces of elegant victoriana. 0thers some of them are beautiful pieces of elegant victoriana. others have seen better days. seaside shelters serve a purpose, giving us somewhere to shelter when the seaside becomes soggy. shelter when the seaside becomes soggy. 0ne photographer has become soggy. 0ne photographer has become so fond of them that he's been travelling trying to capture the beauty of these fading and often overlooked havens. the glory of the english summer, that's what we're celebrating. english summer! look at it. they are little temples to
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disappointment. let's be honest, they weren't built to protect us from summer sunshine, were they? they're there to remind us that on our days out, we might need some protection. a lot of them are quite sad. photographer will scott is very fond of the british seaside shelter. the appeal is these structures, which are pretty common around coastal towns in the uk, but specifically in england, are relics of former glories of these towns. you know, no—one had documented them before, as far as i could see. so i started travelling the country to shoot them. it's a bit scruffy, isn't it. most are. they are. yeah, they are. but there's a beauty in them. it's notjust the beauty. there's history. this one here in
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margate was, it's said, a place of poetic inspiration. ts eliot's — the wasteland. on margate sands, i can connect nothing with nothing. the broken finger nails of dirty hands... this is where he sat looking out at the wasteland. because it's not just looking out at the wasteland. because it's notjust about what they look like, it's what they symbolise. the seagulls are struggling a bit at the moment. the wind is blowing. there's lots of cloud and a few drops of rain. just a few. these little municipal gazebos are a celebration of a very british approach to the british weather. the wind blowing in your face makes you feel alive. just let it blow through your hair! the weather! it's not raining, but
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if it were raining, we'd still be stood here. with us coats on. yes! so, forget sitting in a warm car to watch the rain, surely, this is a more beautiful, open airway to appreciate the majesty of the british seaside. an up date for you from the mod, the response to the caribbean, we are hearing a c—17 plane has left raf brize norton carrying a puma and the uk is plannings to send another puma to the caribbean tomorrow. in addition, the


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