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anks to all of you for being part of my program this week. don't forget to tune into cnn tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. for our indepth look inside isis. "blind-sided how isis shook the world." i will see all of you next week. happening now in the newsroom, aftershocks rocking nepal. p american climbers on mt. everest among those dead or missing. >> there are hundreds of people on the mountain. >> base camp obliterated. >> we started running. >> desperate rescues now under way. plus -- protests in baltimore explode into violence. stores vandalized.
>> please, please stop the violence. >> camden yards on lockdown. >> i am disappointed. just a small number of people felt they had to turn this into an ugly event. >> "newsroom" starts now. hello again, everyone. thanks for joining me. i'm fredericka whitfield. we begin with the latest from a ravished nepal. the death toll from the earthquake now passed 2,500. that number is expected to rise as rescue and recovery efforts continue through the night. basic supplies such as food, water, tents, blanketed and medicines are being delivered from the u.s. india and china. hospitals are overflowing. an untold number of people are missing. yesterday's 7.8 earthquake hit near the capital kathmandu. this morning a 6.7 aftershock was entered closer to mt. everest. climbers there say the
aftershock set off fresh avalanches. the number of the dead on the mountain has risen to at least 17 including three americans, one of whom is a google executive. cnn correspondent is in india for us not far from the border of nepal. there was a big aftershock. did that create greater concern there? >> reporter: absolutely. the aftershock today 6.7 on the richter scale. that in itself qualifies as a pretty large earthquake. that did cause a lot of fear in nepal again and a lot of destruction and certainly slowed down relief efforts tremendously. to give you a sense how much that impact was, i'm in calcutta which is 900 kilometers away from nepal. to put that in context again, if i took a flight from here to kathmandu, it's more than an
hour's flying time. but even here in calcutta we felt that aftershock this afternoon. people came running out into the open fearing what would happen. it's slowed down rescue and relief efforts in nepal. the runway was shut for a few hours this afternoon, which meant several aircraft-carrying relief supplies and emergency personnel were not able to land. it also created a lot of panic again amongst the people in nepal. a lot of people have been camping outdoors. they spent last night outside either in tents pitched in a football field or just by the roads outside. they are too afraid to go back indoors. sometimes some of them don't have a choice if their homes have been flattened. many people tonight are going to spend the night outside again because they are simply too afraid to go in fearing more aftershocks. as you mentioned, fredericka basic supplies are running very
thin indeed. they are running out of food. they do not have running water. medical supplies are running very low. hospitals are overflowing. doctors have to treat some people outside. they really do need a lot of emergency supplies. the problem is getting it into nepal. of course the forecast the next 24 hours isn't good. the weather department is forecasting rain and thunder showers, which could slow down relief efforts further at a time when every minute and every hour is counting. >> what are going to be the alternatives to get some of that relief aid in? you mentioned helicopters can't land even though the airport in calcutta opened earlier this morning, still difficult for this relief apparatus to get in. what are the options? how will they try to get supplies in like water? >> they are really trying to seize any window of opportunity.
the runway has been open. it's not that aircraft aren't going in but india which has been proactive with the rescue effort was hoping to send in 13 aircraft today. we know five have been able to land. i just got off the phone with the woman from the indian air force. she said rescue operations are still active. it's now 11:30 at night. they are trying to grab every opportunity they can to get relief supplies in. they are also considering land routes. that is dangerous, of course because of these tremors. there are landslides and roads are blocked. it's very hard to get in through land route but that is an option as well. >> what kind of assistance as far as you know is being brought in from india to what degree are we talking, not just supplies but also expertise? maybe even large land-moving
equipment? >> not land-moving equipment, but in terms of expertise, yes. india has sent in engineers today. they sent in a large team of doctors. that's been a big contribution by india. india, this has become a real priority for india to help its neighbor. it launched what it calls operation my tree which is hindi for friendship. making a real priority to help a neighbor and friend. they sent in several aircraft carrying food blankets medicine basic supplies and a team of engineers and a team of doctors. they really do need any medical attention and any medical help they can get. >> thank you so much. keach us posted. appreciate that. the aftershock that jolted nepal caused more avalanches on mt. everest. rescue and aid crews have been delayed. trying to reach to those on the
mountain. this morning christi paul spoke with one of the few people at base camp. >> people are being helicoptered out. they are focusing on the people stuck on the mountain. then we have the aftershock and a lot of people are now afraid that even being at base camp is a risk. people are leaving base camp. >> conditions may be the worst in the capital of kathmandu where aid is needed the most. i want to bring in the country director at mercy corps for nepal. he is on the phone with us from kathmandu. explain to us now 24 hours after the fact what are conditions like? >> situations have not really
improved since yesterday because we are getting aftershocks, one after the other. there is still panic among people. still a lot unaccounted for. the sense of fear has grown deeper among people with this uncertainty. the weather is not favorable at all. we've had downpours for the last three hours. so the situation has not really improved in nepal that much. >> sanjay we are looking at pictures of the early stages of that make-shift camp and now it's become a city within a city with so many people living in the camp overnight. water clearly is a big need especially with the prospects of cholera spreading. what are the greatest needs that make-shift camp area where
people embedded down last night and again are tonight? >> well i had an opportunity to go around 16 evacuation camps that nepal has set up. there are a growing number of people coming in and out in those camps even like temporarily. it's like more than 20,000 people in kathmandu alone. there is a greater need. we were in a meeting convened by the ministry of home affairs. there's a lot of need for shelters. home appliances utensils blankets water, medicines, so these needs are going to grow by the hour. these are the priorities moving
forward from now on. >> how personally worried are you about the needs and with rain on the way, more rain on the way, and with the continued experiences of these aftershocks? >> sorry, can you repeat that? >> how worried are you personally with more rain on the ray, with the continued need and with these aftershocks that continue? >> it's going to be difficult. you don't have you have one highway coming into kathmandu to the india airport is on and off. so there might be a problem reaching in those camps on a timely manner. so it's going to be intensified there have been water shortages
in kathmandu. that's going to be a problem. blood donation jobs ongoing. there is some shortage with blood in hospitals. hospital spaces are getting crowded. all this is going to be pretty worrying and the people are terrified. that's not going to help. >> all right. sanjay karki, thank you so much and all the best. the hope is great that more assistance will make its way in. of course you can help the victims of the nepal earthquake. log on to cnn.com/impact for more information. i'm brian vickers, nascar® driver. i'm kevin nealon comedian. and i'm arnold palmer, professional golfer. know what we have in common?
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store own others in baltimore are cleaning up broken windows and looted buildings today. violence erupted during yesterday's mostly peaceful protests over the death of freddie gray in police custody. at one point, fans watching a baltimore orioles game at camden yards were asked to remain in the stadium for a time as police
dealt with protesters outside. police say in all, 34 people were arrested. cnn has more. >> reporter: the streets of baltimore, maryland didn't stay quiet saturday. a day of peaceful demonstrations erupted in violence. angry agitators destroyed several police cars smashing in windows, slashing tires and making off with some of the contents. merchandise scattered on the floor of this 7-eleven. all evidence of looting. shards of shattered glass are all that remain of other downtown store fronts. despite all the violence police commissioner anthony batz praised the residents. >> i'm very proud of the residents of baltimore taking pride in our city making sure our city is safe. that was our residents and our city. >> reporter: at least a dozen protesters were pulled from the
crowd and taken away. commissioner batts says the violence was caused by a small group of agitators. >> i am to a degree disappointed. we work very hard to allow people to do the protest. the vast majority of residents did a good job. it's just a small number of people that felt they had to turn this into an ugly event and ugly day. people did what they were supposed to do. >> reporter: the skirmishes followed the largest demonstrations since the death of freddie gray one week ago. he suffered a fatal spine injury while in the custody of baltimore p.d. his death is triggering a slew of questions and outrage. his family continues asking for peace. >> my family want to say please please stop the violence. freddie gray would not want this. freddie's father and mother does not want violence. violence does not do justice. thank you. >> reporter: cnn, baltimore, maryland. >> the family of freddie gray is hosting a wake this afternoon as
they prepare for his funeral tomorrow. cnn athena jones is in baltimore. do we know more about whether protesters plan other demonstrations? >> reporter: the wake is taking place right now it began about an hour ago and will continue for the next several hours in the west baltimore neighborhood of freddie gray. while there isn't, i guess, an official hiatus on protesters seems to be an unofficial hiatus. no organized trottests we know of today. the next big event will be next wednesday, a town hall to talk about the state of play here. you heard from freddie gray's sister calling on demonstrators not to be violent to remain peaceful. she is echoing calls by the mayor and other officials, including some leaders of these protests. things did get out of hand yesterday after a largely peaceful day ended in skirmishes. the latest we have is 34 people were arrested overnight.
six police officers suffered minor injuries in addition to store fronts that were vandalized. the baltimore p.d. tweeted extra police officers will be deployed downtown and across baltimore to ensure everyone's safety during the rest of the weekend and into next week. as of right now, no organized protests planned for today. of course we'll be watching to see what happens. >> there are several investigations. there is the baltimore investigation, justice department and there might be other independent ones. what is the status? >> reporter: as you mentioned, there's not only the local investigation by the police here into what happened inside of that van. we know that this coming friday may 1st is when the police department here is going to hand over their records and what they found in the state's attorney maryland state's attorney who will decide how to proceed. going on at the same time now is a federal civil rights investigation into whether freddie gray's civil rights were
violated. you have these tandem investigations going on that are very very important. a maryland congressman elijah cummings was here yesterday during all of those protests. he spoke today about this issue and the importance of getting to the bottom of what happened on "face the nation." >> this whole police community relations situation is this civil rights cause for this generation. this cell phone with the camera this has caused a whole new situation where a lot of the police interaction with citizens is being recorded. that used to not be the case when you and i were coming up. >> reporter: the civil rights cause of this generation this is all coming to light. more of this is coming to light as you mentioned because it's been caught on video camera on these cell phone cameras, which have really raised awareness about this sort of thing.
an awareness a lot of people in the black community were well aware of the tensions between the black community and police in some cities. now it's being sort of brought to light on a larger scale. i should mention five of the six police officers involved in the gray incident have answered questions by investigators. the sixth officer is exercising his right not to answer questions. still a lot of questions about what went on. we hope to find out more as the next few days progress. >> athena jones, thanks so much. freddie gray will be buried long before the medical examiner issues the findings of the exact cause of death. family members say they have learned that the initial autopsy has showed a spinal injury but the medical examiner is waiting on toxicology results. the full report may take 30 to 45 days. joining me right now from los angeles is dr. judy melanik who
practices forensic medicine in san francisco and the author of the book "working stiff." good to see you. we also heard that the family members wanted to have their own independent autopsy. while we are awaiting a read or results from that, as we talk about the initial autopsy that has occurred why would it take 30 to 60 days to deliver a report? >> the amount of time it takes for an autopsy report to be released depends on many different factors. the first of which is the xleex complexity of the case and what the original pathologist found or didn't find at that autopsy. also there will be ancillary testing such as toxicology. most importantly, in any homicide investigation, the autopsy report is evidence. it's going to be restricted just to the investigating agency which is the homicide division so that it doesn't, by its release, alter people's
perceptions, recollections or somehow compromise the investigation. >> the family didn't receive the body of freddie gray until many days after his death. if another autopsy is conducted or if it were conducted, does that time frame matter? how critical is it that an autopsy that follows an original autopsy occur? can there be a week or ten days that pass without compromising the integrity of the body? >> the most important thing, i want to correct the misconception is this idea somehow the medical examiner's autopsy, the first autopsy is not independent. the state medical examiner's office in baltimore is run by doctors, not by police officers. it's an independent agency. that first autopsy is the first most opportunity for collecting and documenting the evidence.
that's the job of the medical examiner. also important, that medical examiner is charged with eventually releasing that. so any original autopsy information is available for public record eventually once the investigation is completed. so any subsequent autopsy, a second or third autopsy is looking at a body that's already been altered. the spinal cord has already been removed. the evidence has been altered by the performance of the first autopsy. any subsequent pathologist would need to review the findings from the first autopsy. those photographs, those slides any tissue that was taken. >> given that interview, is it beneficial to have a second autopsy? >> i find second autopsies are occasionally useful if the first autopsy wasn't done properly. it also sometimes picks up additional findings that the first pathologist may have missed if they didn't do a complete investigation.
at the very least that second or third pathologist needs to review the original findings or they are not able to interpret it properly. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. still ahead, cities across the u.s. on alert as the fbi investigates a possible isis-inspired terror threat. why are officials being so tight-lipped about details? people ship all kinds of things. but what if that thing is a few hundred thousand doses of flu vaccine.
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let's get the latest from the disaster in nepal. the death toll now passed 2,500. aftershocks have kept the kathmandu airport closed for the most part. it since reopened this morning. hospitals are overflowing and an untold number of people are missing. yesterday's 7.8 earthquake hit near the capital of kathmandu. a 6.7 aftershock hit the morning
and was centered closer to mt. everest. climbers say the aftershock set off fresh avalanches. the number of dead on the mountain have risen to 17 including at least three americans. the fbi is investigating a possible isis-inspired terror threat on u.s. soil. the tsa is putting local law enforcement on alert. cities across the nation are increasing security as a precaution. why are officials offering a little detail but not a lot? >> it's not clear right now whether this is a real threat or if it's aspirational. law enforcement sources tell cnn the investigation started after the fbi intercepted chatter and picked up other intel that indicated there could be a possible plot in the works. the department of homeland security would not address the specifics of this potential threat but told cnn in a statement, "the department of
homeland security in consultation with the fbi and our intelligence partners will adjust security measures as necessary to protect the american people. over the last few months we made a number of security adjustments. many of those security enhancements remain in place today." this is part of what law enforcement in general does. collect information, tell cities to be on the lookout, have their eyes open. >> thank you so much. more now on that 7.8 earthquake in nepal. and now more than 2,500 people's lives have been claimed. the airport opened up earlier today and we are joined on the phone. what are some of the first images you sue once you landed once you got into the airport and now that you're getting out and about?
>> we are still on the airport right now. there are three other planes ahead of us. we are actually waiting for a parking spot. we've been signature here about 20 minutes now. complete darkness. it was surreal landing here. power cuts are very normal in kathmandu. i travel here all the time. i'm from here so i know this but this is the darkest i've ever seen kathmandu. landing here we hovered around the kathmandu valley for more than an hour waiting for our plane to land. waiting for our turn to land. we could see at least three other airplanes trying to land as well doing the same thing. circling the kathmandu valley. we could see five to six planes on line on the tarmac waiting to
depart. this airport is stretched even on a good day. this is something i'm sure officials here never had to deal with. it looked like military planes were unloading some kind of equipment, some kind of aid material. i can't see that any more because it is completely dark. i can see it has been raining quite a bit. right now it stopped raining, as well. >> sumnima, you are from the area. what about your family members? have you been able to contact anyone? >> yes. it took me a while to get through because obviously the cell phone lines are quite patchy. my family was spread out. ultimately everyone is fine. they all have different experiences. i have some family member ss that
broke their leg. the people are dealing with this in their own way. our producer still hasn't been able to get in touch with his family. they live further away than kathmandu village here. we are just trying to get in touch with our family members. friends are trying to send in their information. electricity is so scarce right now, people haven't been able to charge their cell phones. they haven't been able to watch tv. not many people even know what's going on. they are not receiving the crucial information. i spoke to my father a while pack and he said the only information he is getting is from a radio. people have been calling in from villages to these radio stations saying they need help.
there's been landslides there. they don't know what to do. they need water and food. that's all they're hearing. >> here you are a working reporter about to report on a disaster in an area where your family is. give me an idea what you are equipped to do. how did you pack? what supplies might have you brought in if not just for the sustenance of you and your crew but to assist why you are family if you happen to see them? >> we left in such a hurry, we didn't have time to pack all the supplies we now realize we need ultimately. none of the commercial planes were allowed to come into nepal we were planning on taking a relief plane or chartered plane. at that time it was limited how many kilos we could carry. we left a lot of things behind but in the meantime we were
able to contact people here some friends who put sleeping bags together and tents. hopefully we'll have some initial service supplies once we get out of this plane. everyone family members, everyone is camped out outside. most people don't have tents. the's been cold. it's raining. they've been too scared to go back home. there are very few open spaces in kathmandu. it's a very dense city very congested city. unless you have a big home with a garden people are out in the streets trying to find any sort of open space, fredericka. >> what kind of arrangements or what do you anticipate in your journey on the ground once you deplane, since we know many of the roads are impassable. it is very difficult to traverse. what are your plans?
>> we are still figuring that out. once we get out of the plane, we'll be meeting our colleagues here who have camped out outside a hotel is what i understand. we'll be meeting them and we'll see what happens from there. in kathmandu valley itself movement is not possible. there are a lot of cracks in the road. people are just trying to tend to their own families trying to get food and water. i know some friends have been trying to help with rescue operations there, but the majority of people are completely shell shocked and trying to help their own families. >> sumnima, be safe. we'll be checking in with you. of course we are hoping the best for your family too.
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many parts of kathmandu are levels. businesses homes and sacred temples are nothing but rubble now. officials are begging for international aid as temperatures are expected to drop overnight and many don't have electricity or running freshwater. >> at least three americans were among the 17 killed in the avalanche on mt. everest. one canadian woman vanessa aube was just found. >> we'll start with a little bit of good news. so many unacted for. vanessa aube was one of those people. we just reached word from her mother. saying vanessa has been found. the small village she is staying in was affected slightly and she was still not able to contact us until this evening. vanessa had been in town there in that small village -- you're looking at a photo of her -- for
about the last month. she hadn't been in contact with them. that wasn't rare but after that earthquake yesterday she would have called them but there was difficulty getting out. other people were not as fortunate. an executive at google was one of those 17 people that died on the mountain when an avalanche triggered by the earthquake encapsulated him and the group he was touring. with yesterday his sister took to instagram to deliver the sad news to friends and family saying this is dan's little sister meghan. i regret to inform all of you who loved him during the avalanche on everest, dan suffered from a major head injury and didn't make it. we appreciate all the love sent our way thus far. know his soul and spirit will live on in so many of us. eve was on that tour. she was a base camp doctor. passion for medicine. she had actually been in the process of getting her second masters for mountain medicine.
her employer delivering the grave news on facebook saying our hearts are broken. eve perished in the aftermath of the avalanche that struck the area. some of you at home watching this broadcast or listening may have loved ones or family members you may not have gotten in contact with. go to google people finder. they set up something on google.org where you can go with information if you have it about people trying to get in contact with their loved ones in nepal or if you, yourself, are looking for somebody you have not been able to get in contact. with we have cnn.com/impact. >> sad reminders of the global appeal to that region. this is high peak tourist season. people come from all over the world and tragically would coincide with one of the worst earthquakes to hit that area in more than 80 years now.
>> i spoke to a survivor and asked if she had been through an earthquake before. she said yes, but nothing like this. we'll talk to her in the 3:00 hour. she mentioned the grande is swill swaying there. heavy aftershocks. she could hear the temperaturebles coming. people are screaming. they need food, water everything. >> nick valencia thank you very much. we'll see you again. what can we expect moving forward? in the case of predfreddie gray and baltimore police. last night violence. this allergy season, will you be a sound sleeper, or a mouth breather. a mouth breather! well, put on a breathe right strip and shut your mouth. allergy medicines open your nose over time, but add a breathe right strip and pow! it instantly opens your nose up to 38% more. so you can breathe and sleep. add breathe right to your allergy medicine. shut your mouth and sleep right.
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with the clay court season under way. spanish superstar rafael nadal is focused on the tournament he's won nine times. >> always leaves me with positive feeling, positive memories. >> roger federer is the only other active player who has won the french open crown. >> i'm very motivated. i should play a little more clay this year than previous years. there is probably higher focus
on the clay courts. >> djokovic likes playing on the clay court. >> statistically i have better results on the hard courts. i still enjoy playing on clay. >> with roger or novak slip and slide their way to the title or will the king of play prevail? baltimore police are continuing to deploy extra officers throughout the city following violent protests last night over the death of freddie gray. gray died last week after suffering a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody. the demonstration started peacefully yesterday, but a handful clashed with police throwing rocks, vandalizing squad cars and looting businesses. the furor prompted city officials to ask baseball fans
at camden yards stadium to remain inside until tensions quieted. in the end, there were 34 arrests and six officers suffering minor injuries. with the city mostly quiet today, focus turns back to the investigation exactly how freddie gray died. joining me now, judge glenda hatchet and criminal defense attorney joey jackson. good to see both of you. i thing this is the first time we had the two of you together. you all go way back. you get to be colleagues and cohorts. even opponents, too, on the air. >> never. >> how do you see this week unfolding? just this morning, maryland congressman elijah cummings said the investigation, whether it be on the city level or maybe even on the federal level needs to be swift, needs to move fast and be thorough. can you have both? >> it does. the reason why we have to unpack
this in many ways. the first is that community. that community is up in arms as they should be. there are questions that need to be answered. until they are answered i think there will be a little unrest a little uneasiness. there's also the need to ensure any investigation could be trusted and respected. we know there are multiple investigations going on at this point. the mayor, to be fair as well as chief, are trying to give that information out to the public but the issue is how long does it take to find out exactly what happened here? just to be clear, there's a couple of things the investigation obviously needs to focus on. they are with these different investigations. the first of course the state investigation. they'll rely upon information provided by the police but i would caution against that being the tell-all and know-all. often times when police give information, they'll give information as they see it. however, there are multiple pieces. like an autopsy report to say how the spine actually got into the condition it's in. like the spinal experts that
will examine that spine and determine what their scientific explanation is for that. like other outside witnesses who can add to the investigation. finally, we have to understand the state piece of the investigation is to see whether there can be criminal charges on the state level. the federal government however, with regard to civil rights will analyze it to see if there is anything purposeful or intentional that occurred. i wonder if the police commissioner opened the door into the direction of the investigation. when the police commissioner said there were a couple of things that they are willing to say were done poorly. he should have been buckled in and begin medical attention when he asked for it. the police commissioner went as far as saying i don't want to reveal any more information because i don't want to jeopardize any potential prosecution. >> this is very interesting because i was a little surprised he went as far as he went, but i
applaud him for doing that. >> almost says there is some real assurance or confidence in the fact something seriously went wrong under the watch and care of police. >> i think it's more important for the commissioner to have said he wasn't buckled in than for an investigative reporter to find out later and report that. i think it was very smart strategy given the tension in baltimore, that he came out and said this was an error. we made this error. 42 plus minutes went by before he got the medical attention from the time he entered the van until the time medical attention was provided for him. so i think they have to say that out front rather than to have cnn say it. i think that was an important strategic move. i also appreciate the fact that he can't say a whole lot more if in fact there is going to be a prosecution they don't want to jeopardize that. >> joey jackson, judge glenda
hatchet, we'll talk about it more. i wish we had more time. thanks to both of you. ♪ where do you get this kind of confidence? at your ford dealer... that's where! our expert trained technicians... state of the art technology and warranty parts keep your vehicle running right. it's no wonder we sold more than 3.5 million tires last year and durning the big tire event get a $120 mail in rebate on 4 select tires. ♪ [ male announcer ] we know they're out there. you can't always see them. but it's our job to find them. the answers. the solutions. the innovations. all waiting to help us build something better. something more amazing. a safer, cleaner brighter future. at boeing, that's what building something better is all about. ♪ ♪
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