tv Outside Source BBC News September 11, 2017 9:00pm-9:31pm BST
in hello, i'm karin giannone, this is outside source. the extent of the damage from hurricane irma is becoming clearer. areas like miami have been battered and flooded. six million homes across the state of florida are without power. the storm has killed at least 37 people across the caribbean, including ten in cuba. the un has said the treatment of rohingya muslims by the myanmar government is a "textbook case of ethnic cleansing." here in the uk, mps will vote for the first time on the eu withdrawal bill, which will convert eu law into british law. we'll be live at the houses of parliament. and if you want to get in touch... the hashtag is bbc 05. welcome to outside source.
let's begin in the us, where hurricane irma has now been downgraded to a tropical storm as it passes over florida. but it's left 6 million homes without power — 62% of the state. four people are also believed to have been killed. this shows the predicted path of the storm. right now it's sitting over the north of florida and southern georgia. miami managed to dodge the worst but there was still severe flooding and high winds. let's give you a sense of what happened in various places. these are pictures from the city of miami. it missed the worst of irma when it changed course at the last minute but as you can see there was still significant flooding in parts of the city. jacksonville — to the north of florida — also suffered serious flooding. a lot of the flooding there had to do with storm surges overwhelming parts of downtown and other areas. this is naples on florida's west coast.
it was one of the worst hit. this is where the eye of hurricane eventually made landfall on the us mainland. it was one of the hardest hit cities. one of the aspects to this tissue you is that looting has become a real issue. tying up the resources of law enforcement. these were pictures captured by a news crew showing a large number of people breaking into a store and fleeing with merchandise. our correspondent jane o'brien is in downtown miami and has been speaking with the general manager of the intercontinental hotel the city. miami is getting back to normal remarkably quickly, even the notorious traffic starting to get onto the city that this time yesterday was a ghost town. here to tell us a little bit more is robert hill, the general manager of the intercontinental, one of the largest hotels in miami. 600 employees. you are in constant touch with the authorities. what is the latest you're getting? first of all, we're
very pleased we weathered storm yesterday very well. things are starting to the cover here in downtown. what we're hearing from the authorities so far is that there is, fortunately, limited structural damage to properties at in the city. the most impact is downed trees, branches and tree limbs. some power lines are down as a result of that. that is their focus right now, getting streets cleared so that people can get back out there. railway lines, getting those cleared up railway lines, getting those cleared up so they can get the metrorail running. we are waiting for the announcement this afternoon that metrorail and bus services will get back up and running. confirmation the airport will open media soon as tomorrow or wednesday. i heard it will be tomorrow evening. so, getting back to normal. we're looking forward to that. our
thoughts and prayers are with those on the west coast of florida that this storm impacted a lot more. indeed it did. what about electricity? we understand that about 70% of miami is still without power. 30,000 extra workers have been drafted in to try and sort it out. are about when we might be back to normal? i have not yet specifically when those customers... that number of 700,000 is good because it was 880,000 last night. we are making recovery efforts. i have heard from a couple of individuals personally that they have received power returned to them. slowly, they are getting it back. the critical thing is getting these days cleared so that the emergency crews can get out there and do theirjob to restore power. that is the key right now. that puddle behind you, this time yesterday, it was an absolute river. why do you think the city has been
able to recover relatively quickly? we were fortunate. we were in the outer bounds of hurricane irma in miami, florida. yes, we saw very heavy winds. it was at high tide when it arrived. the storm surge came in over the sea wall and brought the rain in. it brought the water in and the levels up in these areas. but it is 100% clear here, clearing by 8pm last night. this morning, it was already fully clear. what is behind me is a little bit impacted by the fact we are putting in new drainage systems to better deal with that in downtown miami. u nfortu nately, deal with that in downtown miami. unfortunately, they are still going in. they are impacting that this cannot drain because the drains are under construction right now. you're telling me it is a blocked drain? rob, thank you very much indeed. that is the situation in miami but of course far more dire elsewhere in
the state. particularly in the florida keys. so this is where the hurricane is impacting now. however, a lot of the focus is still on the caribbean, where a number of islands received widespread destruction. at least 37 people are known to have died. the british virgin islands is one location that was hit hard and there have been questions asked about the effectiveness of the the british government's response. the bbc‘s laura bicker is there. people here are hungry, tired and desperate for anything that they can eat. when it came to the opening of this supermarketjust one hour ago, we witnessed chaotic scenes. people had been waiting for up to eight hours in temperatures over 30 degrees celsius. they are looking for basic supplies such as water and canned foods. when it comes to the remote areas of the island, the access roads are beginning to open, which means people are descending into this main hub desperately need
of information and sustenance. when it comes to the basic supplies of aid, we're told aid has arrived on the island but i have yet to see it distributed. i am told by the foreign and commonwealth office that it has been given to the evacuation shelters. people here are waiting for it to be distributed to the population more widely. when it comes to local ministers, they told me it is simply not true that people are hungry. i have been here on the island for the last five days and that is not what people have been telling me. i have seen real stress and determination but now what what i am seeing is real desperation. damning words from the un for the myanmar government. here is its human rights chief talking about the security operation that has caused tens of thousands of rohingya muslims to try to escape from the country. the situation remains or seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. the man ma government
should stop pretending that the rohingyas are setting fire to their own homes villages. i call on the government to end its current cruel military operation with accountability for all violations that have occurred and to reverse the part of severe and widespread discrimination against the ruling your population. he said it was a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. rohingya muslims have been fleeing rakhine province in the country to bangladesh to escape the violence since it erupted just three weeks ago. the un puts that number at over 300,000. this is what they're escaping to — camps set up with filthy hovels already bursting full of refugees who have fled previous outbreaks of violence. aid agencies say there isn't enough food, shelter or medicine and new arrivals are sleeping rough, wherever they can. bangladesh authorities have started
to register new arrivals and collecting fingerprints and details from all newcomers, including those in makeshift shelters. i've been speaking tojill mcgivering, our south asia editor. i think there is a real sense that the un is trying to ratchet up the pressure. we had comments are weaker sokol talking about stopping the violence and safeguarding civilians and so on. that seemed to have little effect. at that point, we talked about tens of thousands pouring into bangladesh, now it seems to be 300,000 plus entering in just two weeks. i think there is a slight sense of frustration internationally that people try to —— eager to try and increase pressure and trying to find a compromise before this situation gets work. you mention thousands of writing your trying to cross into bangladesh. -- of rohingya. bangladesh. -- of rohingya. bangladesh is very much changed it stands. it is letting people through
and it is hard to know what else it could have done. it is also clear the bangladeshi government is extremely worried about hearing this burden, they described it as a very big burden. we know that there will be visits to the camps by officials and that is part of giving a lot of publicity to the fact that there are so publicity to the fact that there are so many people struggling in the short—term for food and shelter. existing camps are still to overflowing, with large populations all over the place. by the roadside. those people are struggling. bangladesh is worrying as well that people are dispersing. moving to other parts of the country where they are not easy to identify and could settle there and become part of the publishing. it is very wary of the publishing. it is very wary of that sort of started documenting people, partly to make sure it knows who's there. we have heard the criticism, voices of concern.
high—profile figures speaking out against ethnic cleansing. absolutely. there is a real sense of the moral authority of the voices speaking. we have had other nobel laureates, for example, the dalai lama has spoken, desmond tutu, all of them calling to end the violence. we have seen the hardball approach from the un and a sort of warmer, gentler appeal coming from these other people. stay with us on outside source. still to come... donald trump's former chief strategist has given a rare interview. we'll pick over the most interesting bits with anthony zurcher. the parents of a six—year—old child are threatening to sue their son's school after boys were allowed to come to class wearing a dress. nigel and sally rowe have taken their son out of his church of england primary school on the isle of wight because one of his classmates comes to school some days as a girl and others as a boy.
their comments have provoked a strong reaction from lgbt campaigners. they've been speaking to the bbc. we wa nt we want to protect our children and we wa nt we want to protect our children and we want a good dialogue know about it. so that it is notjust wished into schools and accepted. we're concerned about how it affects other children. we do not know what the full ramifications of that could be. it isjust too full ramifications of that could be. it is just too young. let children just be children. i have a child who took a lot of bullying on my behalf. that billing is exactly the same. it is parents saying, we have a right to have an opinion, and they told the children their opinion. and with that, the children thought it was open season on bullying my son. this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom. our top story... hurricane irma has weakened
to a tropical storm, but is still wreaking destruction as it heads out of florida into georgia. in the south of florida, search and rescue teams are beginning to explore the worst affected areas. other stories being reported by the bbc right now... thousands of catala ns are turned out in the streets of barcelona to mark their national day and show support for an independence referendum. the referendum is going to be held on the ist of october but the spanish government says it is illegal. that is on the bbc world service. the iraqi authorities are holding more than 1,300 foreign family members of suspected islamic state militants at a displaced people's camp south of mosul — that's according to officials and aid workers. the women and children, from at least 13 countries, mostly fled the city of tal afar when government troops recaptured the city last month. that is on bbc arabic. one of the most that is on bbc arabic. one of the m ost rea d that is on bbc arabic. one of the most read stories online... india has lost a diplomatic protest with australia after an advert depicting the hindu god ganesh enjoying lamb.
the tv advert shows figures from several religious groups sitting down to a meal. the leader of the kurdistan people of iraq has signalled borders could be drawn up in baghdad does not accept independence in a referendum due later this month. the kurdish people are the fourth biggest ethnic group in the middle east but have no official state. this shows the land they currently inhabit. it straddles parts of turkey, syria, iran, armenia and in the north of iraq. iraq's prime minister, haider al—abadi, has already labelled the referendum unconstitutional. the president of iraqi kurdistan disagrees. he spoke with the bbc. i have been getting more analysis on this with a newsnight presenter from bbc arabic. obviously, there have
been concerns. it is not only the us and uk. also, turkey and iran has warned that this is not a good time for the referendum to take place. it is going to, if happening, take place on the 25th of september. this referendum has been prepared forfor a long time, for kurdistan to take place. after therapy for them —— prophetically for them to become an independent state. the problem for them is that the parliament head and iraqi prime minister has said this is unconstitutional, to becoming a pa rt is unconstitutional, to becoming a part of the iraqi federal central state. one thing is, the peshmerga has been fighting very fiercely against the islamic state for the old kurdish dream to become a separate state from iraq. the other
thing is, in otherareas, separate state from iraq. the other thing is, in other areas, there has been a debate taking place in a few weeks now about this. explain in one sentence in the peshmerga are. they are the kurdish forces running under the kurdistan place in iraq, fighting with the support of the united states to defeat what is called islamic state. the significant role that kurdish fighters have played in the role against the islamic state group, how much is this seen as the kurdish political leaders trying to capitalise on that? they have been making very big use of the peshmerga kurdish fighters. this is because they have been laying a leading role in the fight against so—called islamic state. —— playing. without
the leading role of the peshmerga, the leading role of the peshmerga, the fight against islamic state would not have been taking place. the iraqi army, the shia forces taking place under the iraqi army, played a big role in battles recently but the peshmerga has been playing a 60% role in the first six months of this battle against so—called islamic state. so kurdistan is capitalising on this because all of this has been working towards this referendum. british mps are holding a key vote on the government's eu repeal bill. bbc scotland's political correspondent tweeted this as the debate began... three hours to go of that debate.
let's listen in. it will have appropriate safeguards to limit their use. i am optimistic about our future in leaving the year. and that this legislation will help to facilitate that. wells—burr as always, with any change, there is as always, with any change, there is a initial uncertainty, through this bill, we can help... west onto alex forsyth, who is at westminster watching the debate. —— lets doctor. what is so contentious about this that it will take so long? this is one of the first hefty pieces of legislation relating to brexit that the uk government is trying to get through parliament. the idea of it in the simplest terms is that it will bring all existing eu law in the uk law. the minute the uk leads the european union, there is this huge gaping legislative
black hole. the problem, as some mps see it, is that part of this bill allows government ministers to make some changes to that legislation without phil parliamentary scrutiny. they see that as some kind of power grab by the government. the government's are given for this is simple. they say that there is so much eu legislation that some of it needs minor tweaks and changesjust to make it makes sense. it would ta ke to make it makes sense. it would take far too long to put all of that the way through parliament, so they just want these powers to try and make necessary changes. they are not going to abuse them. this is not stop the concern amongst some particularly labour mps on the opposition benches, and the snp and lib dems as well. they are mostly likely to work against the government but i think this bill will get through when it comes to the vote in three hours' time. this is provoking some colourful language from some parts. this is one tweet from some parts. this is one tweet from the sun newspaper reporter. talking about the euro—sceptic
conservative sir henry lee. what exactly is a reason for bringing henry viii into this? many in the british parliament never made on ex used to bring up henry viii. in this context, it is all about powers. the so—called henry viii clauses. that is because he was fond of legislating by proclamation, bypassing government. some people see their powers the government wa nts see their powers the government wants now, changing legislation without parliamentary scrutiny, they are known as henry viii powers. as you say, that brexit backing mp made the point he supports henry viii in that light. he supports the government now in doing the same. even the conservative mps have some concern about this bill. they will not get tonight rebel, to try and hold the government's feet to the fire of this. this is highly likely to pass, but this‘ll be the start of
many late—night votes parliamentary battles. because the government to try to get really complicated and contentious legislation through parliament. not everyone agrees. contentious legislation through parliament. not everyone agreesm the sense that this debate tonight isa the sense that this debate tonight is a snapshot of the things to come, really, in the next 18 or someone's? the government will not be biting its nails too hard to make, but because the parliamentary arithmetic are so because the parliamentary arithmetic are so finely balanced and the government does not have an overall majority, when it comes to crucial votes, every single vote of every single mp ken ‘s. what we will see over the course of months and years of the brexit process develops and the government tries to get new legislation through parliament, is mps being called back for crucial votes, late—night sittings in parliament. the government counting at the numbers to make sure that gets the support it needs. sometimes, it could be defeated. this is the start of what could be a fascinating but crucial parliamentary process where government has to prove it can get this brexit programme through. alex,
thank you very much, from westminster. and a good lesson in chugger history as well. —— tudor. the search engine giant google has appealed a landmark fine handed out by the eu back injune. google was ordered to pay $2.8bn for what the european commission described as "anti—competitive" behaviour. let's get more on this with samira in new york. tell us the background, first of all. so, really, what the eu has said is that... picture you're trying to arches cups on google. you go on google and google cups. the first things that come up our google ads promoting google's own shopping. that is where the problem lies. what the us saying is that, look, this goes against the anti—trust rules we have in the eu because you are
forcefully promoting google more than anyone else. if you look at how often people click the first few ads, versus things that come next, 95% of the time, people are clicking the first few links on your searches. the eu said, back injune, look, you have three months to stop this practice or else not only are we going to charge you 5% for each additional day that you are in breach of this practice it has thank you very much. samira hussain is in new york. the new boss of uber in asia has told the bbc that everybody at the ride hailing app is "totally focused" on improving the compa ny‘s reputation. the company has had problems with the way it deals with regulators, how it handles sexual harassment, as well as its corporate culture. in a tv exclusive, l brooks entwhistle spoke to karishma vaswani, beginning with uber‘s plans in asia. this is a big part of the world. it is 20%... there are lots of drivers.
it isa is 20%... there are lots of drivers. it is a huge growth region follows. we wa nt it is a huge growth region follows. we want to do it we can to contribute to that. there is no exit strategy for major. west park about the culture. sexual harassment claims, a court case on alleged trade theft and what has been described as a cut—throat company culture in the united states. as all of that damage the uber brand in asia? we grew incredibly fast in the last few years since our inception. some of the culture did not keep race with the growth. i can tell you, having joined the organisation, that the to focuses extraordinary across leadership teams globally to make the culture the processes —— and processes catch up with the growth. everyone is totally focused on that. from a culture standpoint and where we want to be standpoint. we are not perfect yet but we're working hard towards getting there. i will be back with more from outside source in a few minutes
time. no doubt you have seen all the footage of the damage and destruction hurricane armour left across florida and also the devastation are crossed —— across on caribbean islands. —— hurricane irma. the storm passed northwards over florida, continuing to move northwards. it is weakening considerably but will potentially bring flash flooding to parts of alabama, georgia and in towards the carolinas in an exudate. hurricane joseis carolinas in an exudate. hurricane jose is causing some concern. it is not doing much in the next 2a hours apart from meandering in open waters. in the next 2a hours, it could do a loop the loop before it gets its act together and come perilously close to the clay cross
islands —— turkson clay cross islands. it could make landfall as a strong storm again. in the west pacific, another strong storm. this is expected to become a typhoon. a strengthening one as well as it moves north—west towards the taiwan area. it could make landfall in taiwan on thursday into friday. it very strong typhoon and we will be be posted on that. into south asia, more heavy rain on the cards in an exudate is, as there has been in a last 2a hours, particularly in the north and north—eastern india in towards bangladesh. these areas affected by severe flooding. more rain expected to form on tuesday, exacerbating already existing flooding issues. some heavy rain to the south but drier across the north west. over into europe, it has been a sizzling summer across italy, with record—breaking heat. recently, we
have seen violent thunderstorms across italy. pisa, tuscany so 145 millimetres of rain in the last 24 hours, just short of six inches. no wonder we have had severe flooding. across the mediterranean, plenty of sunshine. it looks like thunderstorms will clear from italy as we head through tuesday afternoon. storms raging across the alps, but further west, towards spain and portugal, plenty of sunshine and high temperatures as well. it is fine, dry and sunny across the canadian islands. low pressure has weather fronts responsible for reading. on our shores, as we head through tuesday to wednesday, the low pressure can bring us a stellar severe gales through tuesday night. ahead of it, moreover the —— more sunshine and thenit moreover the —— more sunshine and then it is followed by far the showers. you can find out more are
forecasting about half an hour. —— in our forecast. you are watching outside source, the extent of the damage from her again and that is becoming clearer. areas like miami have been battered and bloodied, 6 million homes across the state of florida are without power the storm has killed at least 37 people across the caribbean including ten in cuba. if you want to get in touch the hashtag is bbc os. in florida and across the caribbean government officials and aid agencies are gearing up for one of the biggest