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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com plane debris spotted almost a day after an indonesian passenger plane dropped off the radar. search crews believe they have come across the wreckage. the death toll continues to rise in the aftermath of the tianjin explosion. we'll have a live report from the disaster zone. and a history-making win for golfer jason day. the australian clinching his first major in breathtaking style. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm rosemary church. thanks for joining us. this is "cnn newsroom."
and we begin with the latest out of indonesia. two aerial search teams have now spot dead brie from what's believed to be a missing passenger plane. the trigana air service flight lost contact with air traffic control in the country's papua region on sunday. two ground teams are on the hair way to the location. 54 people were on board that flight, including five children. let's get more from anna coren. she is following the story from hong kong and joins us live. authorities are pretty sure that this debris that has been spotted is in fact from that lost indonesian airliner. and now they have the challenging task of locating e debris. how difficult is this terrain to access? >> it is proves to be very difficult.
we heard from officials of the indonesian search and rescue agency saying they have had to suspend the ground teams because of ground weather. there is a good chance they will have to spend the night on the mountain ranges and won't access the debris site where the two planes you mentioned spotted earlier today. we know that thunderstorms are forecast and it looks like they have finally arrived. the air search has also been suspended. they were planning on sending a helicopter, which they were borrowing from a mining company. and this particular helicopter is able to land in mountainous areas. that has also been called off. but nay are 95% certain this is debris of the plane that trigana air services plane that went down yesterday afternoon local
time. it was half an hour into a 55-minute flight a routine flight with 54 people on board of which five were children. they lost contact, as i say about 30 minutes into that flight. no distress signal was issued. there was no indication they were having problems. apparently when they left the airport, conditions were fine. there may have been cloud over the mountain ranges but we certainly know when the search began yet afternoon, bad weather rolled in as it is rolling in now. obviously, search and rescue teams having to deal with those storms, rosemary. >> and just shocking. of course we don't know yet what caused this plane to crash but we know that trigana air service has a poor safety record. how bad is it and what do we know of the plane and those on board? >> it's been described as
appalling. that's how experts describe trigana's safety record. they have had 14 incidents since 1992 of which five have been fatal. so really a frightening safety record. but it's not just trigana air services that are guilty of this. we know that december last year, an airasia flight from indonesia on its way to singapore crashed in the java sea with some 162 people on board. everybody was killed. and in june of this year, a military c-130 aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff on the island of sumatra also in indonesia with 143 fatalities, 22 of those on the ground. indonesia has a very poor record. as one aviation expert said earlier, it experiences something like two to -- sorry,
experiences accidents every two to three months. that is how common they are. so really, aviation -- the aviation industry in indonesia is going to have to take a very long, hard look at itself, particularly now with this trigana air services crash, believed to be a crash. and its current safety record, it's just not up to scratch. >> simply horrifying. anna coren keeping an eye on the latest details. we will come to you as more information comes in. many thanks, anna. recovery crews can expect to face rugal terrain as we have been reporting. pedram javaheri has more on the conditions in the search area. we heard from anna there that those thunderstorms have arrived. they had been forecast. this is going to make the recovery effort so much more difficult. >> so much more difficult. and as you said, rosie, this is
among the most rugged areas in the region. the second largest island in the world and incredibly decemberly individual tate-- densely veget. the concern is the rainfall will continue. here are the mountains. the forecast is upwards of 2 inches of rainfall that could come down over the next couple of days. it will be gusty. i want to show you what is going on with the mountains. 2,000 kilometers across. you bring them up. the mountains rise up to about 15,000 feet or roughly 4700 meters high. the crash site is in the heart of this. over 21,000 variety of plants and 250 different mammals.
densely forested. the concern is on the backside of the mountains, we have these eddies that form here. one of the things we are watching for are the eddies that form on the windward side of the mountains can give planes a concern over these mountains. it's something that you don't see when you are flying across the area as well. >> many thanks to you for keeping an eye on that part of the story. earlier, our john vause spoke to allen dial who is a former investigation for the u.s. national transportation safety board and the author of a book. >> i don't want to say this is the worst of the worst, but indonesia has overall a very poor record and this airline in particular seems to have an appalling is the word that anna has used and others have used to
describe the frequency of the accidents. there was a veteran captain at the controls but this is a sad situation. and of course we don't know the details yet. there may be a mechanical problem but that can be a factor here because they are flying fairly old aircraft. this aircraft was 27 years old. >> israeli police are cracking down on protesters near the hospital where a palestinian prisoner on a hunger strike is being treated. supporters of the prisoner were confronted by right wing israeli protesters. more than ten people were arrested. the prisoner stopped eating nine weeks ago in protest of his detention without trial in november. just ahead on "cnn newsroom," migrants hoping to
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days after the massive explosions at a warehouse in china, troops are still looking for toxic chemicals around that site. at least 114 people were killed and 70 remain missing in tianjin. one commander says finding more survivors are slim. 100 people who live near the site protested outside a media center demanding government compensation for their homes. we want to bring in steven jiang now. talk to us about that location and also the 700 tons of sodium cyanide that was found within that blast site. why would there be such a large
quantity of this substance and how toxic is it? >> reporter: that's right, rosemary, i wish i had a live signal for you, this is a traumatic scene at a rail station. this might as well be a hollywood movie set. when you look around there is shattered glass and twisted metal, broken glass and this train stopping here, presumably since that night and time literally stopped here. there is a clock hanging there and the time on the clock was 12:00, presumably midnight, 30 minutes after the initial fire was reported. so that 30 minutes later, that powerful explosion totally ripped through this station, tore roofs open and we have fallen signage and broken train
and everything else. it is the kind of force that make you understand why the authorities are not hopeful they will find any survivors. this grim picture is what you can see with your eyes. the invisible danger you cannot see is also threatening. the 700 tons of sodium cyanide you mentioned, that is a highly volatile and highly toxic chemical used in chemical manufacturing and in the mining industry. if it's inhaled or ingested it could kill somebody quickly but it's here you have 700 tons of it lying around in the blast zone. the authorities say they are methodically dealing with it either neutralizing it with hydrog hydrogen peroxide or if the barrels are intact they are shipping them away immediately. that's the dangerous situation we are talking about. that's why there is so much
worry and fear still in the air, literally. >> and i wanted to talk to you about the air and water quality there around the blast site right now. they have been measuring that, haven't they? what's going to happen to people who live nearby, particularly those who lost their homes? >> reporter: that's right. the officials have been keeping telling us they have been monitoring the water and air quality the day after the blast and the readings they have been getting from the stations they have set up in this area, the levels indicating everything is dropping to normal levels but this reassurance is not convincing a lot of people especially homeowners who used to live around here. some of them have staged protests two days in a row now, gathering outside a government press center demanding answers as well as compensation. i talked to some yesterday. they were saying to me, when
they bought the apartments no one in the government or anyone else told them they were going to be living next to a ticking time bomb and nobody mentioned there was this dangerous chemical warehouse so close to their houses. that's why they demand answers. they also allege corruption may have something to do with it. they want the government to buy their houses back. they will never feel safe from their former homes now. >> it is absolutely shocking. for those who don't have any homes what is the government doing for them? are they finding them alternative accommodation outside of the blast site? >> reporter: the government is setting up emergency shelters at schools and other places like hotels around town. but many people reflect that night on wednesday they really got nothing. some of them were in their nightgowns or sleeping clothing. so it's really -- they want to go home and take their possessions but that, of course,
is now increasingly difficult with all these potential danger from the chemicals. that's why the general told us they have more than 2,000 soldiers combing the area around the blast site in a three kilometer radius, trying to find any chemicals that may have been launched into the air by the powerful blasts that night. they are trying to clean it up. many people, including the homeowners say they are still very worried and don't think they could ever move back to their former residences. >> as you have been speaking with us we are looking at these shots from the rail station, the light rail station you have been recording from. unfortunately we weren't able to get a live shot up. we can see the train there, time standing still. one of the clocks locked at the time when the blast went off,
just shocking. the world has been amazing by what happened here. 700 tons of this sodium cyanide stored in a warehouse and we will, of course, continue to investigate this and bring the details to our viewers across the globe. steven jiang reporting on the line from tianjin. the local residents' concerns about contamination are not likely to ease in the short term as we heard from steven. chemical risk consultant david liggard explains what they are facing. >> reporter: for the local population what they are doing now is putting people in an exclusion zone and keeping people out of that. after that, i would be quite crankily very leery about drinking water for some time yet. as for the air solution it's probably going to all of a sudden get quite good quality.
as soon as it rains. that will wash the atmosphere quite significantly. >> david leggett talking to cnn a short time ago. for thousands of migrants starting a new life in greece was supposed to be a dream come true. instead many are facing inhumane living conditions and difficult bureaucracy. doctors without borders gave cnn an inside look into their work on the greek island of kos. >> we have a medical team here. we are treating the people. there are many women and children. the main medical problems right now are related to the heat and to the fact that all these people, they have to stay out in the park without any proper shelter or proper conditions and of course, no toilets, no water, no food provided by anyone, no milk for the babies. we see many skin diseases and
ga gastro intestinal problems. we have all these people and no government authority to take care of them. there is a clear lack of political willingness to deal with this issue. so this is the main beach front road, of course. very touristic island, of course. and this is not a camp. this is a public square, you know, people have to stay here because there's no official reception center for them to stay. they don't want to stay here. they are completely shocked by these conditions, you know, the fact that they have to stay here for so many days without even knowing when they will get their paper. they have been fleeing their country because of war, because of the bombs.
and now, they cannot have even a proper toilet. so you know, they are saying that maybe the bombs have been better than to be staying in this conditions. >> so you see, very difficult conditions on the ground. want to bring in leonard doyle, a spokesman for the international organization for migration. he joins us from switzerland. thank you for talking with us. what is happening on the greek island of kos where we are seeing conditions that are so bad that some of the migrants are actually wishing they had stayed home and confronted the hardships that faced them there than come to kos. >> i think at the end of the day, i think they are safer an happier where they are, it's not an ideal situation, anything but. there is a lot of pressure on the greek government, as everybody knows -- [ indiscernible ] and they have
been moved a cruise liner in to aw accommodate migrants. and for a small island, for these small islands off turkey, it's overwhelming the infrastructure. it's clear there is an issue here that the entire european union needs to rally behind. >> definitely understood there this is putting greece under incredible pressure. but what needs to be done to improve the situation for these migrants and to find a solution to this problem of tens of thousands of migrants trying to flee their homes for a better life and ending up in worse conditions, in some instances, than they found at home? >> if there is a view that by not providing aid you dissuade people from coming that is unfounded and silly. there needs to be protection for these people, they need shelter and have food and get registered
and validated whether they are asylum seekers or not. and that's where we're missing something here. and the numbers coming are increasing. we had an awful tragedy this weekend off libya in which people were found asphyxiated in the hold of a ship. the smugglers don't treat people well and the european union needs to step it up a little bit. >> thanks for joining us and explaining the situation there on the understood grow. we do appreciate it. republican u.s. presidential candidate donald trump has finally revealed some specifics of his immigration policy. one of the key issues he's focused on in his campaign. in his plan, the billionaire outlines how he will force mexico to pay for a wall along its border with the united states. andy rose has the details. >> they have to go. >> reporter: the getting
specific on immigrtion policy on nbc's "meet the press," donald trump still says the u.s. must deport all mexican immigrants who are in the country illegally. >> and we have a country or we don't have a country. >> reporter: trump says the u.s. must build a wall along the border with mexico and have mexico pay for it or face tariffs and fees, any plan should improve jobs, wages, and security for americans. >> it will work out so well, in four years you will be interviewing me and say what a great job you've done, president trump. >> reporter: trump has faced criticism from his party for his controversial stands on issues and the media's coverage of them. >> he's getting ten times the press coverage than any other candidate. you give me ten times the coverage than any other candidate gets i'll be leading in the polls. >> reporter: trump's support is
25% nationwide eclipsing jeb bush and ted cruz, ben carson is in second place. when asked if his campaign is part of a reality show, he replied. >> this is the real deal. trump says the united states should fully enforce all immigration laws that are currently on the books. coming up, more on that missing passenger plane in indonesia. it's not the first such incident involving trigana air service and we will have details on what has been described as an appalling safety record. plus in the political firing line, nuri al maliki could be put on trial for the fall of iraq's second largest city to isis. we're back in a moment. hey, tom. small job? no, doing the whole living room. hey you guys should come over later.
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. a warm welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and of course all around the world. i'm rosemary church. let's get you updated on the main stories we are watching this hour. indonesian officials have suspended the search for a missing passenger plane because of bad weather. earlier in the day two aerial search teams were said to have spotted debris believed to be from the trigana air service flight. the plane lost contact with air traffic control in the papua region on sunday. there is a search for more chemicals at the site of the explosion in tianjin china.
officials confirmed finding 700 tons of sodium cyanide. at least 114 people were killed and 70 are still missing. iraqi prime minister, haider al abadi is cutting his cabinet by one-third. 11 cabinet posts are now gone. mr. al abadi promised to reform the government. meanwhile, former iraqi prime minister, nuri al maliki could face trial. a parliamentary panel wants him and other top officials prosecuted for the isis capture of iraq's second largest city, mosul, last year. as part of reform measures, al maliki has been stripped of his vice president circumstantial post. >> nuri al maliki has been the face of the iraqi government
since his first election in 2006. and he's not going to go gently into the night. so to have the current prime minister, haider al abadi and the iraqi council of representatives potentially indict nuri al maliki on charges that he was responsible for the lost of mosul to isis is a huge development and it's one that's going to bear close watching moving forward from here. >> how likely is it that al maliki will ever see the inside of a courtroom on this issue? >> i don't think it's very likely. but if this breaks his power base within the iraqi government i think it will have the effect that haider al abadi and the core want it to have. you know, they've already taken away his position as one of the three iraqi vice presidents. that position was eliminated in recent reforms, promulgated by haider al abadi. if you can break nuri al maliki's power base he will no
longer be such a huge factor and really a negative influence on iraqi fl iraqi political developments with his sectarianism. syrian watchdog and aid groups say the government has carried out a series of deadly air strikes on a rebel-held town. at least 82 people were reported killed and 250 wounded in the blast in a suburb northeast of damascus. this video shows the aftermath of the attacks. activists say ambulances were on alert before the shelling but the number of wounded overwhelmed field hospitals. the international committee of the red cross just released an alarming assessment of the civil war in yemen. thousands have died there and the intense fighting has left behind what the red cross a catastrophic humanitarian situation. michael holmes has more.
>> reporter: driving through the streets of aidan you don't have to look far to see the havoc wrought by months of civil war. the president of the international committee of the red cross describes what he is seeing here as appalling. >> how much time have you been here? >> two weeks. >> reporter: the aid organization says nearly 4,000 people have died in yemen's conflict and 19,000 others are wounded, some being treated here at the hospital in the capital. >> this is a very serious, catastrophic situation which unfolds here in aidan and much more needs to be done in order to support those victims who receiv suffer every day. >> reporter: the staff say medicine often doesn't make it in and a shortage of fuel
supplies and electricity blackouts means medical equipment just sometimes don't work. other basics like food and water are also in short supply and although the icrc has handed out these essentials to more than 100,000 people, they and other aid agencies need more for the more than 1 million people forced out of their homes during these five months of conflict. many families now find themselves in makeshift camps building shelters from whatever they can find, pieces of tissue, plastic bags and bottles. this 43-year-old lives in this camp with his wife and some of his children. >> translator: our situation is very difficult. they burned our beds and they burned our homes. they destroyed our whole neighborhood. four children are with me and three others are living
somewhere else in this world. >> reporter: the icrc says no family in yemen is left untouched and all need to find a way to eliminate the grave need facing this already poor nation. >> that was our michael holmes reporting there. i want to go back to the missing indonesian passenger plane. the cause of the crash is unclear, of course, but this incident is not the first incident for trigana air service. the airline has a less than stellar safety record. >> reporter: since 1992 it has the most appalling safety record. trigana air services has 14 incidents, serious enough to go into the database since 1992. let me give you a comparison of that. they have about 22 aircraft. you take a united airlines with 5, 6, 700 aircraft, hundreds and
hundreds of aircraft, much more complicated and united has seven incidents and that does not include the 9/11s. so trigana, and all the trigana incidents are mechanical error, poor pilot judgment and runway excursions. most are not fatal but you get the feeling that something's not right. >> richard quest reporting there. 54 people were on board that flight. thousands of people in the western u.s. have been evacuated from their homes as huge fires spread through four states. that story just ahead. i brto get us moving.tein i'm new ensure active high protein. i help you recharge with nutritious energy and strength. i'll take that.
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in southern california, two small planes collided in midair as they both approached a regional airport near san diego. the collision killed at least four people. the planes spun to the ground, broke into pieces and ignited a brush fire. firefighters rushed to the scene. one had to be hospitalized for heat-related injuries. the cause of the crash is under investigation. wind, heat, and dry brush are fueling wildfires across the western u.s. thousands of hectares have burned so far. this is video from washington where crews are dropping flame retardant as they try to keep fires from spreading. wildfires have destroyed several homes and many more are in danger. this has prompted officials to order mandatory evacuations in
some areas. want to get more on this and the fire conditions. let's bring in our meteorologist pedram javaheri again. what is the situation there on the ground? >> the situation is not looking good, rosie. this is something we have seen in the works over the past several months with the historic drought across much of the western united states. i want to show you what is going on in california, nevada, oregon, idaho and washington state. 106 fires that are considered large fires. over 6 million acres of land have been scorched. and when you look at the drought perspective, 8% of the western united states in the exceptional category. 23% in the extreme and 42% nearly half of the western united states dealing with severe drought. and the terrain over this region is incredible to work with. bring in some of the mountains and the terrain that the
firefighters have to deal with. oftentimes you see this with large buildings, the bernoulli effect. they speed up the winds. if you drive through a canyon it's the same principle. and you see the winds kick up in these mountainous areas and carry the embers downstream. the firefighters are cleaning up the mess up there and downstream additional fires develop. this is going to be a long-term pattern in this part of the united states. back on the 1st of august i went to washington state to visit family in the area. and you look at the images in this area. this is the wolverine fire. in chelan county. that's me in the corner right there and looking at the scenery where it was crystal clear skies but we have fires that are impacting the skies in that
region and getting into the major cities with the air quality. 6 million acres of land have been burned. that is 2 million acres more than normal for this time of year. it's the size of the state of new hampshire or the country of israel. >> unbelievable. we know you will keep a close eye on that. many thanks. >> yeah. a political showdown over marriage quality is taking place in australia. prime minister tony abbott is against legalizing same-sex marriage during his term but many others including his own sister hope that will change soon. anna coren reports. >> reporter: it's an issue that has been gaining momentum and support throughout australia. even more so, with the recent developments in ireland and the united states now part of the 22 countries around the world that
have legalized same-sex marriage. but while recent polls show a majority of australian support marriage equality, the government seems hell bent on stopping what many believe is inevitable. among the wave of supporters is the prime minister's sister, christine foster, proudly gay and a vocal advocate for marriage equality. >> it is disappointing. i'm engaged to get married to my partner, virginia and i would like to be able to do that here in australia. >> reporter: as a member of her brother's own party this has been a tough and emotional journey. >> if i could influence him, i would. as i said we have a respectful disagreement and difference of opinion. >> reporter: pressure has been building on the prime minister who strongly opposed same-sex
marriage to allow his members of parliament to vote freely on the issue. last week, that was denied. instead, mr. abbott said it is no longer up to parliament but to the people. announcing a vote will be held after the next election next year. >> if the people want to change, fine. if the people decide to support the existing definition of a marriage between a man and a woman, obviously i'd be pleased and i think everyone else should accept that. >> reporter: but critics say it is a delay tactic and the labor party has declared this will be an election issue. >> you either have mr. abbott or you have marriage equality but you can't have both. >> a man willing to tear his party apart to get his way. >> it is one of the things that people will weigh up when they decide who to cast a vote for. it's not something that is going
to go away. >> marriage is a beautiful thing. >> why is my son not equal? >> reporter: while australia drags its heels on what many in the country consider a fundamental human right, supporters for same-sex marriage say they won't stop fighting until their love and commitment can be recognized under the law. anna coren, cnn, hong kong. and in june this year, the u.s. supreme court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in the united states. but some american couples are still facing roadblocks on their way to the altar. ryan nobles shows us why. >> reporter: when the supreme court declared marriage a constitutional right regardless of sexual orientation, thousands of same-sex couples rushed to get married. >> she's wrong and these people are cruel. >> reporter: but that is not the
case for everyone. these two are waiting to be wed. >> we are still in litigation and still not issuing marriage licenses. >> reporter: they were turned away from the clerk's office run by kim davis. after ignoring direct orders from kentucky's governor and a federal judge to issue licenses to same-sex couples, davis stopped issuing marriage licenses to anyone gay or straight and is claiming her religious rights are being denied. >> this is a bigger battle than just one small county or two small counties. >> reporter: davis isn't alone. 13 of alabama's 67 counties have stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether which means the next stage is the courtroom. same-sex examines have filed lawsuits designed to sue for damages because they believe their rights were denied. in granbury county, texas, these
two were denied a license. a lawsuit is pending. and while obtaining a marriage license for the vast majority of gay couples is now not a problem, these legal battles throughout the country should have a lasting impact. >> and that was cnn national correspondent ryan nobles reporting there. a history-making performance at this year's pga tournament. australian jason day has done something no one else has ever done in the history of the game. we will tell you what that is after this short break. don't go anywhere. can a business have a mind? a subconscious. a knack for predicting the future. reflexes faster than the speed of thought. can a business have a spirit? can a business have a soul?
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marria major championship but it's it's obstacles in his personal life that make this more significant. >> an emotional jason day celebrated his triumph here at whistling straits. his three-stroke victory over jordan spieth gave him his first marriage title and his 20 under score was a major championship record. he has come a long way since his family found a golf club for him in a dump in australia. he enjoyed a difficult childhood, the death of his father and alcohol addiction. really could have derailed him but it's he was sent to a boarding school to focus on education and golf. he had so many near misses in the majors and had to overcome vertigo at the u.s. open competition this year. but it is now behind him and he can celebrate being a major champion. >> it was hard.
i mean, i was trying to hold back tears over the first putt and when i saw the putt go up to half a foot i couldn't stop crying. it's a lot of hard work that i have put into this game to dedicate myself to have a shot at glory and greatness. that's what we work toward. i guess you can take me off the best players without a major now. it's good to be a major champion. >> you are look for someone in jason's position to miss a couple of shots and feel the nerves. but he went at it like a veteran. >> a disappointing day for jordan spieth but a remarkable year. he has already won two major titles and is still only 22 years of age. he competed and contended in the other two and he walks away from
whistling straits as the new world number one. >> what an impressive win and makes his country proud. for many people being in a strongman race would be challenging enough. but how about running it overnight. more than 2,000 men and women did just that in germany, many of them in costume. they had to overcome 30 obs couples including mud holes, and hurdles. the men and women's winners were both from germany. congratulations. you have been watching "cnn newsroom." i'm rosemary church. stay with us. i'll be back with another hour of the latest news from around the world in just a few minutes. do stay with us. ♪
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the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. this is "cnn newsroom." and we begin with new developments out of indonesia. search and recovery efforts for a missing passenger plane have been suspended because of bad weather. earlier today, two aerial search teams were said to have spotted debris believed to be from the trigana air service flight. the plane lost contact with air traffic control in the papua region on sunday. we want to go to cnn's anna coren who is following the story from hong kong and joins us now with more. so as we just reported the search and recovery efforts have been suspended due to bad weather but there are other challenges including the rough terrain. when might the recovery effort continue and how tough will it likely be when it does?
>> reporter: it looks like the search crews on the ground are going to have to stay where they are for now. apparently thick fog, poor visibility and storms is hampering them from proceeding any further. they are 3,500 meters up the mountain and had been hiking for an hour when the bad weather rolled in. they will have to camp there overnight. they believe they are six kilometers away from the debris scene. six kilometers in such challenging terrain is quite a long way. we are talking about mountains between 10 and 12,000 feet high, really quite extraordinary and rugged. they were planning to hike to this area not just to assess the debris but to build a helipad so that helicopters can help with the recovery efforts.
it is look more like a recovery effort and they will have to take away bodies, evidence and find the black boxes to work out what went so terribly wrong. but for now they will be staying put and they are hoping that tomorrow morning the weather will clear and they will be able to continue with that hike. >> and we are also learning that the trigana air service does not have a particularly good safety record. talk to us about that and whether authorities have any idea what possibly caused this crash. >> look, as for the cause, rosemary it's too early to say. but they are looking at mechanical problems, at pilot error and weather but it's we know that the plane took off yesterday afternoon with clear weather, that it may have encountered some clouds on the top of the bintang mountain
range that it was flying over when it had this accident but apart from that, it just doesn't -- we just don't know as to what went so terribly wrong. as for the safety record of trigana, it's been described by experts as being appalling. something like 14 incidents since 1992 of which five have been fatal. but sadly, it's not just this particular airline. the indonesian aviation industry does not have a good record. and we only have to look back at what happened in december of last year, with that airasia flight to singapore which crashed into the java sea. all 162 people were killed and in june of this year the c-130 aircraft that crashed shortly after it took off, killing 143 people, 22 of those on the ground. aviation experts that we've spoken to this morning say every
two to three months, indonesia seems to have some sort of aviation accident and that simply, this is not good enough. obviously, the industry needs an overhaul. yes, it's expanding extremely quickly. more airlines coming on and they are having to train many more pilots and they are not trained to adequate standards and the planes are old equipment. the aviation industry in indonesia is going to have to have a massive overall and upgrade. >> certainly a real concern. anna coren reporting live from hong kong. many thanks to you as always. let's get more on the weather conditions facing the recovery teams. meteorologist pedram javaheri joins us now from the international weather center there. and as we heard from anna, due to weather conditions, this search and recovery effort has been us suspended. can you get an idea how long
they will have to wait before they can resume efforts? >> that's a great question. the visibility is a major issue. down to 10 meters at this point. you take a look at where the plane took off from. the closest storm i could find when the plane went missing is 300 kilometers away. but the clouds bank up right around the bintang mountains. that is a concern. the fog will remain in place for a couple of days. thunderstorms popped up early on monday when the sun began to rise. by the afternoon hours the clouds return. this is a pattern we'll follow the next couple days. this is the dry time of year. july and august is the peak of dry season. and the mountains still get tremendous rainfall. 100 millimeters is a possibility over the area where the plane went down. that is 4 inches in the coming days. and the forecast keeps thunderstorms in there for tuesday, brings in a few clouds
and more thunderstorms could return by the latter portion of the week. i want to show you the landscape here. we heard about what is going on over this region. you bring up the bintang mountains. this is the second largest island in the world. one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the world as well. in these mountains you will find 21,000 varieties of plants and 800 variety of birds and 250 different mammals. tremendously steep in this region. and the wind was southerly. you get these eddies that form and translate to clear-air turbulence. we see this in the rockies and alps and andes as well. this is conducive for rough weather especially if the pilots are not trained for it or the
aircraft is not equipped to handle it. and it doesn't have visual cues. you're not going to see a cloud formation and radar is capable but conventional radar you don't have access to spot this ahead of it. it's something that i'm sure authorities are looking at carefully. the weather pattern here is notorious for the eddies that form. >> aviation accidents always unsettling to cover and we've had to report on far too many of late. many thanks to you for explaining the situation on the ground there. appreciate it. thousands of chinese troops are searching for chemicals at the site of last week's massive explosions in tianjin. the blast killed at least 114 people. 70 are still missing.
new video shows the explosions from a neighbor apartment. more than 50 people were rescued from the rubble, including one firefighter who described the scene. >> translator: we hid ourselves behind containers which were deformed by the blast wave. we walked through the containers but couldn't find a way out. smoke and fire were everywhere. i found it hard to believe. >> translator: were you afraid? >> translator: a little bit but i focused on how to get there. >> steven jiang is there and joins us with the latest. we learned that 700 tons of sodium cyanide was in the blast site. why would there be such a large quantity of the substance.
talk about just how toxic it is. >> reporter: that site was a large chemical warehouse containing all sorts of toxic material. sodium cyanide is a chemical used in chemical manufacturing and in the mining industry. it's stuff that is easy to inhale. and if inhaled or ingested it can be lethal to humans quickly. we are talking about 700 tons of it lying around in the blast zone. that's why the military officer in charge are saying they are doing everything they can to handle this with the utmost care and methodically. if the material has leaked into the ground they have been building walls around it to contain it. if they have found the barrels ripped open by a blast forces they are trying to neutralize the chemical with hydrogen peroxide. now if the barrels happen to be
intact they are shipped away immediately. it's that precaution they are taking. but still they are searching a wider area within a three kilometer radius, have 2,000 soldiers trying to find other chemicals that may have been launched into the air by the blast forces and fallen to the ground. they are looking for it and cleaning it up. >> yeah, that's the big concern, isn't it? the air and water quality. apparently they have measured this but a lot of people are suspicious about the outcome and the results. talk to us about that and what people nearby are going to do as far as where they're going to live if they lost homes and the fear some have solve going back to their homes that still remain in that area. >> reporter: despite the shocking finding in the blast zone of the 700 tons of material. the environmental protection
agency officials say it is safe to live here. the air quality and water quality, they have been measuring since the day after the blast, the readings have come back to normal levels, they say. and that's what they are telling people. it's safe to drink the water here. it's safe to breathe in the air here. but this line of argument has not convinced a lot of residents especially those who lived nearby. some are staging protests outside a government press center two days in a row. they want answers and coverization from the authorities. they say when they bought the apartments no one told them they would be living next to a ticking time bomb. they said how can such a project with so much dangerous chemical material be stored so close to residential areas with thousands of residents. they want the government to buy back their apartments and give them answers to questions that
have not been answered by the authorities so far. >> let's hope they get answers and get them soon. steven jiang reporting live from tianjin. tens of thousands of protesters are keeping up the pressure on the brazilian president. they filled the streets, calling for her impeachment. president rousseff has seen her approval rating sink to single digits with brazil's economy mired in recession. prices are climbing while the currency is hitting a 12-year low. a government spokesman calls the protest a part of democracy. sri lankans are voting for a new parliament and it's a referendum on the comeback of the former president. the so-called warrior king is hoping his party can win enough seats to put him on the path to
becoming prime minister. but his former ally, the current president and leader of the party, is ruling that out. rajapanksa narrowly lost the election. republican presidential candidate donald trump has released his long awaited policy on immigration. it's a cornerstone of his campaign. in the plan the billionaire outlines how he will force mexico to pay for a wall along its border with the united states. andy rose has more on that. >> reporter: getting specific on immigration policy in an interview aired sunday on nbc's "meet the press" donald trump says the u.s. must deport all mexican immigrant wlos are in the country illegally. trump says the u.s. must build a wall along the border with mexico and have mexico pay for
it or face possible tear riffs or fees. he says any plan should improve jobs, wages and security for americans. >> it will work out so well and you will be so happy. in four years you're going to be interviewing me and saying what a great job you've done president trump. >> reporter: trump has faced criticism from his own party for his sometimes controversial stands on issues and the media's coverage of them. >> he's getting ten times the press coverage than any other candidate. you give me ten times the coverage that any other candidate gets i'll be leading in the polls. >> reporter: structure's support is at 25% nationwide eclipsing jeb bush and ted cruz. ben carson is in second place. when asked if trump's campaign was part of a reality show, the candidate replied. >> this is the real deal. meanwhile, hillary clinton continues to be dogged by
questions regarding her e-mail use as secretary of state. on saturday, the democratic front runner dismissed suggestions she was taking the issue to lightly and said partisan politics is fueling the controversy that has plagued her campaign. carly fiorina appeared on abc's "this week" on sunday and had blunt words for her political rival. >> you know, in the debate last week i made the statement that hillary clinton has lied. she's lied about benghazi, she's lied about her server and she's lied about her e-mails. and some in the media found that language harsh although the majority of americans agree with me. the more the story goes on the more it becomes clear that she has lied. >> clinton says that people coming to her campaign events have not brought the controversy up. let's turn to golf and the pga championship ended with a
history-making performance by australian golfer jason day as he set a new record with a score that no one in the history of the game as ever achieved. he finished the 72-hole tournament at 20 under par, the lowest score ever in a major championship. he has had several close calls in other major tournaments but was able to put out his first career major win. >> i knew today was going to be tough but i didn't realize how tough it was going to be. i learned a lot about myself, again. being able to finish the way i did. the experiences i've had in the past with previous major finishes has definitely helped me prepare myself for, you know, a moment like this. and -- to be able to walk up the 18th hole and finish the way i did, i mean there was just a lot of emotion that came out of me.
i haven't had really much time to think about what i just accomplished. and i guess you can take me off the best players without a major now. so, i mean, it's good the be a major champion. >> jason day sat down with world sport's don ridell after his big win and you can see that in our next half hour on "cnn newsroom." first, migrants hoping to escape their homeland are faced with a new reality and it's not at all what they expected. we will take a closer look at what life is like for migrants in greece. and oscar pistorius could be released from prison after serving a fraction of his sentence. we're back with that in a moment. because 100% whole grain oats
at least 82 people were reported killed and 250 wounded in the blast in douma northeast of damascus. this shows the aftermath of the attacks. ambulances were on alert before the shelling and the number of wounded overwhelmed the field hospitals. for thousands of migrants, starting a new life in greece was supposed to be a dream come true. instead many are facing a nightmare. the u.n. says nearly all the migrants are fleeing wars in syria, iraq, and in afghanistan but it's only those from syria were allowed to board this refugee ship on the greek island of kos on sunday. they will be allowed to seek asylum. others aren't so lucky and their desperation is growing. members of the group doctors without borders gave cnn an inside look into their work on
kos. >> we have our medical team here. we are treating the people. there are many women and children. the main medical problems are related to the heat and to the fact that all these people have to stay out in the park without any proper shelter and no proper conditions and no toilet, no food, no water, no milk for the babies. with you see skin diseases and gastro intestinal problems. there are all these refugees coming and no authority to watch and take care of them. there is a clear lack of political willingness to deal with this issue. so this is the main beach front road of kos. a very touristic island, and this is not very much of a
touristic island. this is not a camp. this is a public square. you know, people have to stay here because there is no official reception center for them to stay. they don't want to stay here. they are completely shocked by these conditions, you know, the fact that they have to stay here for so many days without even knowing when they will get their paper. they have been fleeing their country because of the war and the bombs. and now they cannot have even a proper toilet. so you know, they are saying that maybe the bombs have been better than to be saying in these condition. >> going to bring in leonard doyle, a spokesman for the international organization for migration. he joins us via skype from geneva, switslazerland. we are seeing conditions so bad that many of the migrants are wishing they stayed home and
face the hardships that face them there rather than come to kos. >> at the end of the day they are safer an happier where they are albeit it's not an ideal situation, anything but. there is a lot of pressure on the greek government. as everybody knows [ indiscernible ] and they have moved a cruise liner in to accommodate migrants. but it's difficult. and the numbers are unprecedented. 149,000 so far this year. for a small island, for these small islands off turkey it's overwhelming the infrastructure. so it's clear there is an issue here that the entire european union needs to rally behind. >> so i mean, understood there this is putting greece under incredible pressure. but what needs to be done to improve the situation for these migrants and to find a solution to this problem of tens of thousands of migrants trying to flee their homes for a better life and ending up in worse
conditions in some instances than they found at home? >> i think if there is a view that by not providing aid you dissuade people from coming that is unfounded and silly. i think the first thing is there needs to be protection for these people with shelter and food and be looked after and get their papers and get registered and validated if they are asylum seekers or not. that's the first level. that's where we are missing something here. and the numbers coming are increasing. we had an awful tragedy this weekend off libya in which people were found asphyxiated in the hold of a ship. the smugglers don't treat people well and the european union needs to step it up a little bit. >> leonard doyle, many thanks to you for joining us and explaining the situation there on the ground. we do appreciate it. next here on "cnn newsroom," just ten months after being convicted of killing his
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spotted debris believed to be from the trigana air service flight. the plane lost contact with air traffic control in the country's remote papua region on sunday. chinese troops are searching for toxic chemicals at the site of the warehouse explosions in tianjin. 114 people were killed and 70 are still missing. workers are trying to neutralize chemicals before rainfalls which could create toxic gas. air strikes by syrian government forces have killed at least 82 people in the rebel held town of douma according to reports from aid groups and the syrian observatory for human rights. this video shows the aftermath of the blast that activists say wounded 250 people. an iranian court could announce a verdict in a case
against an imprisoned reporter this week. that is according to the iranian judiciary's news service. rezaian and his employer the "washington post" deny the charges. a ruling could come in the next few days. a south african parole board decided to release olympic runner oscar pistorius from prison on friday. but that won't be the end of his legal troubles. david mckenzie has more live from johannesburg. what do you believe the appeal could hinge around and could he go back to jail? >> reporter: legal experts say yes, there is a potential that oscar pistorius could go back to jail or prison for a very long
time in fact. the appeal hinges around the verdict and the sentencing given by the judge in that case. you know, the world was glued to their television sets for more than 50 days of trial that stretched over months in south africa of the blade runner who was accused and convicted of killing his girlfriend, we believe the national prosecuting authority will hinge the argument on a point of law. they believe the judge in this case incorrectly interrupreted e charge and they are lodging their documents today in the supreme court. in november that appeal goes through behind closed doors. but this week it will be pistorius walking out of jail on friday after serving just, you
know, ten months of a five-year sentence. >> and it's that point, a lot of people critical asking why is oscar pistorius being released so early? >> well, they are critical because they feel maybe he's getting preferential treatment. this is a famous south african athlete in relationship with an up and coming model and the trial garnered all this attention. there is grumbling from the anc women's league who say he should get a harsher punishment for killing his girlfriend. however, the legal experts we've spoken to say this is, you know, a pretty much roughly where south african law and the justice system works. you can be released after 1/6 your term if the parole board believes you are not a danger to society and won't be released
freely. he will be under house arrest in his uncle's mansion but he will continue to serve his sentence under strict conditions but he won't be in prison. it is along the lines of the law here but some will ask why so soon? >> a lot of criticism there in south africa and across the globe. david mckenzie bringing us up to day there. thanks to you. a political showdown over marriage equality is taking place in australia. tony abbott is against legalizing same-sex marriage in his term. but many others, including his sister hope that will change soon. >> reporter: it's an issue that has been rapidly gaining momentum and support throughout australia. even more so with the recent developments in ireland and the united states. now part of the 22 countries
around the world that have legalized same-sex marriage. but while recent polls show a clear majority of australians support marriage equality, the government seems hell bent on stopping what many believe is inevitable. among the wave of supporters who claim the tide cannot be turned back is the prime minister's sister, christine foster, proudly gay and a vocal advocate for marriage equality. >> i'm engaged to get married to my partner and i would like to be able to do that in australia. >> reporter: as a member of her brother's party she says this has been a tough and emotional journey. >> if i could influence him i would. but you know, as i've said we have a respectful disagreement and difference of opinion. he is a man of great conviction. >> reporter: pressure has been building on the prime minister who strongly opposes same-sex
marriage, to allow his members of parliament to vote freely on the issue. last week that was denied. instead mr. abbott said it is no longer up to parliament but rather the people announcing the vote will be held after the next election next year. >> if the people want to change, fine. if the people decide to support the existing definition of marriage between a man and a woman, obviously, i'd be pleased. and i think everyone else should accept that. >> reporter: but critics say it's a delay tactic and the opposing labor party has declared this will be an election issue. >> you either have mr. abbott or you have marriage equality but you can't have both. >> a man willing to tear his party apart to get his way. >> it will be one of the things that people weigh up when they decide who to cast a vote for. and it's just not something
that's going to go away. it can't be swept under the carpet any more. >> marriage is a beautiful thing. >> why is my son not equal? >> reporter: while the government drags its heels, supporters for same-sex marriage say they won't stop fighting until their love and commitment can also be recognized under the law. anna coren, cnn, hong kong. and still to come here on "cnn newsroom," a history-making performance at this year's pga tournament. after the break, australian golfer jason day sits down with cnn. >> you have been so close so many times. you've seen so many other guys win the major titles. can you put in words how it feels to finally do it yourself? if your purse is starting to look more like a tissue box... you may be muddling through allergies.
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devastating wildfires across the western u.s. are burning thousands of hectares in four states. fires in washington have prompted multiple evacuation orders for thousands of people. in idaho, california, and oregon, scores of homes have been lost as fires spread and threaten even more buildings. so far, no deaths have been reported. we want to turn to meteorologist pedram javaheri who is here with a closer look at the conditions in the western united states. it is a relief to hear no lives lost at this point but homes have been lost and lives turned upside down. how is it looks now? >> it looks like a lot more heat and dry conditions still left. if so many people and not just in the lower 48 but in portions of alaska, 300 wildfires have scorched 5 million acres of land
in alaska and some of the permafrost is melting there. i want to show you the western united states. we know over 106 large fires that are active in the western u.s. scattered about. 6.5 million acres of land have been charred. 4.5 million is what is normal. and we look at the drought. over 8% of the west is in exceptional drought. half of the united states dealing with severe drought. much in california and then work your way to the north into washington state as well. but the terrain the firefighters have to deal with in the western united states much like this. a lot of mountains and canyons and you get the fires that develop in these mountainous areas. you have these funnel through the canyon and you create embers that are brought down and more fires develop downstream. the firefighters have a lot on their hand with the terrain and
additional fires starting off downstream. but here's what it looks like. 6 million plus acres have burned. that is over 3 million hectares. that is equivalent to the size of the u.s. state of new hampshire or the country of israel. that is how much has been scorched in the last seven to eight months. and the high temperatures 10 to 15 above average. high pressure which is back off to the west we get the wind that picks up in the next coming couple days. the wind's not going to help out when it comes to the scenario in the forecast. this is the pattern the western u.s. has had to deal with. the snow pack is well above average. and look at the amount of fires. the total number of fires as tracked here is 40,000 fires.
that is below the amount of fire as far as the sheer number of fires. but the number of acres burned is higher. we usually have more wildfires in the u.s. but they don't burn as much as they are in 2015. >> thanks so much for tracking that. we do appreciate it, pedram javaheri. history was made at this year's pga championship. australian golfer jason day set a new record with a score no one in the history of the game has ever achieved. 20 under par. the lowest score ever in a major championship. golf's newest champion sat down with world sport's don ridell after winning his first career major. >> many congratulations. you have been so close so many times and seen so many other guys win the major titles. can you put into words how it feels to finally do it yourself? >> no. like you said, i mean, i've been
close so many times before and been frustratingly close. to be able to go through those heart aches and then finish the way i did today and really kind of, you know, step my foot on the ground and say i've had enough of it and to be able to win the pga championship it's great to be a major champion. couldn't be more thrilled. >> you were so overcome with emotion at the end. you had one more putt to go. that must have been bubbling for some time. how did you keep it together a down the stretch? >> when i was coming up to the green and reading my first putt i started shedding some tears because i started thinking about, you know, where i was when i was a 12-year-old kid. and to be able to go through a lot at a young age and go through some hard times, i
started -- i thought of my mom, i thought of my sisters, i thought of my family. and you know, after the -- the first putt went to about half a foot then i really started crying. and i felt like a baby but i didn't expect that much emotion would come out of me. >> it has been just an incredible journey for you beginning when your father found a golf club for you in a dump and that's how you got started. where were you when you were a 12-year-old kid? >> when i lost my dad, i was -- you know, me and my sister were in and out of different schools. i was getting in fights in schools. and i was drinking at a young age. you know, we kind of ran amuck and finally my mom made the
sacrifice to get another mortgage on the house. and borrow money from my aunt and uncle and really kind of sacrifice and give me an opportunity. >> just one final question. i want to end on a positive note. how are you going to celebrate a purse prize of $1.8 million? >> to me, you know what, the money is fantastic. but i -- i've ready learned to love winning again. >> such an emotional win for him. great. congratulations. disney makes a big announcement that has "star wars" fans celebrating. up next, the news that is causing a happy disturbance in the force. back in a moment.
weekend box office coming in at number one with $56 million. that's a record-breaker. >> this is huge. and if anyone was on twitter or instagram or facebook in the last week you knew it was going to be big. and everyone was using their own hashtags and making pictures out of the poster. they initially predicted the high 20s and then 40 million and yes, 56 million debut. this is setting a record for musical biopics and the highest opening for an "r" rated movie in august. and it got great, great reviews. i think it's not a huge surprise it did so well. and there is oscar buzz. >> very interesting. i want to go to sharon stone on the cover after a recovery
from an aneurysm. how is she doing? >> it's amazing. she is open and outspoken about what she has gone through talking about this brain hemorrhage from 2001 fearing she would never be able to read or speak again and looking fantastic baring all physically and emotionally and she has a quote in there about if i believe being sexy is who i was trying to be in "basic instinct" we all would be having a hard day. so many people talk about that. miley cyrus made comments about hannah montana and her body issues. no matter what age you are you can relate to what she is saying. >> a lot of messages there. and disney announced some "star wars" attractions. what's going on? >> big news coming out of the disney expo and news about
finding dori. can't wait to see that movie. new information about toy story 4. but the big news is about "star wars" a new "star wars land" we have a new movie in december. but there will be "star wars" lands where you can pilot the falcon and expect these to be enormous and bring this to a new generation. >> "star wars" fans will be beside themselves. thank you for joining us appreciate it. >> thanks so much. i'm rosemary church. do stay with us. "early start" is next in the united states and for the rest of you, another edition of "cnn newsroom" begins after the break. have a great day.
the race for president unfolding at the iowa state fairgrounds. donald trump lining his plan for illegal immigration and a dozen more candidatess vooi vy and mae their voices heard. fury from families missing from the chinese chemical blast. they are demanding answers. cnn right now on the way to the blast zone. good morning. welcome to