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tv   The Day - News in Review  Deutsche Welle  August 15, 2018 2:02am-2:30am CEST

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witnesses in the italian city jenna was shouting oh my god horrified as a bridge crossing the heart of the city collapses during a sudden storm at least twenty two people died rescue teams will spend the night searching for survivors in the heaps of stealing concretes that were never meant to meet the ground. this is the day. she sees it in defense proportions affecting a crucial road. and so much of a clue as we're traveling on the bridge when it collapsed. you know. when it gets on acceptable to work and die like this in twenty eighteen because they're going to see it. it was a very fragile structure with all the residents know that it was always undergoing
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maintenance and even the when they tell us we cannot spend money on maintenance because of e.u. budget constraints a little. also coming up tonight terror during in london's morning rush hour a man plows through cyclists with a car before crashing into a barrier near parliament london's mayor calling for people to be on their guard in the course of today and the next few days london as will see in taurus will see more police officers more police officers as they should be scared by that they should remain calm and vigilant. we begin the day with a search to find survivors and the question how could something like this happen earlier today in the italian port city of genoa a large segment of a major highway bridge collapsed it was mid day there was severe weather and the bridge. it was reportedly packed with cars in trucks bumper to bumper now many of
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those vehicles and the people inside plummeted into the void below so far the death toll stands at twenty two rescue teams are working tonight frantically trying to find any survivors in the piles of rubble well this is zoom in that would give you a better idea of where this bridge known as the marandi bridge is and how it's constructed on the bridges part of the eighteen motorway it's a major artery that crosses through the center of the city in mid august traffic numbers usually surge with vacationers using it to reach beaches in southeast france to the west or the beaches of the italian riviera to the east of here you can see the fifty one year olds to maine towers it has three the one here in red that one is the one which collapsed our first report tonight on a tragedy that some described as apocalyptic.
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that this man witnessed what many have described as a polka tick and just side against a huge section of a motorway bridge crumbled into pieces. a truck managed to stop right on the edge but many were less fortunate and plunged forty five meters off onto warehouses and bro road tracks below. the incident happened on the eve of a major holiday with traffic busier than usual and i witness described the tragic moment a little moderate a i heard a noise i looked out i saw the cars falling and we ran away so now the electricity is switched off we're waiting to be evacuated i don't know what's your. the morandi motorway bridge in the northwestern city of genoa was built in the sixty's and has
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undergone a series of repasts it collapsed around noon local time critics point to what structural weaknesses as well as the sudden violent storm that struck the area at the time. now authorities say whoever was responsible for the manmade disaster must pay. their moment of that now is the moment of relief for the intervention work and prayer but tonight will have to find out who was responsible in the names and surnames of those who are guilty of the unacceptable deaths do you not ship out really. but for the moment all eyes are on the rescue operation reports say that some victims have been found alive in the rubble bracing hopes that that could be further survivors. or shortly after the news of this tragedy spoke to frank a student in general who witnessed the collapse of the bridge this is what he told
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us. i have one i am one one hundred meters from the bridge because i am a very close family and i just. mazing roller i went to my kitchens window to to look outside because it was it looked like a like me not like that the bridge was collapsing and there was a lot of fog and i i saw that the bridge was interrupted but i thought that this was just to the to the to the fog not because the bridge collapsed but when i realized it was what happened i saw these enormous amounts of of the bridge that was had collapsed down in the street and also in the way were lines because. the reason the light passing between the front of my home and now there are
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a lot of helicopters and i can hear a lot of. ambulance sirens and because i think there are a lot of people injured. for turkey it was raining so maybe not a lot of people were outside with a car because maybe they thought it was better to stay at home so i think we were lucky in the sense but i know that there was some work programs on the bridge in these always lead to traffic jams on the beach because i've passed out of it almost every day and so i'm afraid that there were a lot of a lot of cars up on the bridge and there are a lot of. buildings i below the breach because. it is very long but fortunately in the area where the bridge collapsed there were more
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railway lines than. when busy so the place the part that collapsed had not so many buildings below just some. factories. and to human rose someone told. me. but. fortunately there are not a lot of things in they have photographs and i'm joined now by journalist seem a good day she's monitoring the situation from the italian capital rome good evening to you seem want to ask you about this rescue effort right now are we getting any reports of workers actually finding survivors in the rubble when what we know so far is that as the rescue search and rescue operations are continued today they have managed to put four people out alive and so with that in mind they are continuing the efforts through the night the death toll at the moment
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stands at twenty two but they expect that figure to rise that's because there have been reported some missing people reported that are still not accounted for and those that have been injured some of them in a very serious condition so they could succumb to the injury now as you mentioned all we saw in that report this is the eve of a major public holiday here in italy for the summer period people could have been on that bridge heading out to the beach or to the mountains it's a major important bridge in motorway for the city of genoa and so they were on there at that time now four hundred forty people have also been evacuated from that area because there's concern about potential further collapse so as a precaution they have been removed the bridge sixty one years old we understand that it was in need of maintenance and structural work we do we have any reliable sources tonight people saying that disrepair could have contributed to the collapse . well i think it's interesting to note that there was
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a thunderstorm that hit the bridge the area around the bridge just before it collapsed in fact one eyewitness report talked about lightning striking the bridge before it collapsed at about eleven fifteen local time that said however you rightly pointed out the issue of maintenance the bridge was inaugurated back in one thousand nine hundred seven but it's undergone repair work number of times since the seventy's and back in two thousand and nine there was even a suggestion that it should but attention to be demolished so really the question of maintenance where they nothing was done with it was done properly definitely on the top of everybody's minds the transport and infrastructure minister saying those responsible will be made to pay the deputy prime minister echoing is thoughts as well the president said there in a speaking today said that frankly it was a shocking disgrace what had happened and that it's observed that perhaps maintenance could be potentially the issue behind this what about the timing of
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this it is mid august and we know that in italy august is when people are on vacation and has that had an impact on the ability of emergency services to deal with this disaster i mean are there simply enough people or willing to do john. well what we do know is that there's some a thousand personnel involved in this operation right now that are ranging from firefighters ambulance services as well as the police all involved in trying to pull out if many people i think can find people as they can and they will continue into the night the hospital it's also jam packed dealing with those that. is potentially dangerous work because as i mentioned they could be further collapse but that said be a cheating this operation like how big and earthquake something that actually has some experience on and so that's how they are easy to tackle and even though it's in this spirit as you mentioned all right journalists immigrants are joining us
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tonight from rome with the latest on the rescue efforts surrounding the collapse of that bridge in general seem a thank you but what can make a major structure like the marandi bridge in general suddenly break up and succumb to the forces of gravity was it fall design faulty engineering disrepair or a freak accident will consider these examples from the past in one nine hundred forty the tacoma narrows bridge which crossed puget sound to the u.s. state of washington while it lasted only four months on a windy november day the bridge began to move up and down and then a never before seen phenomenon the bridges that road span began twisting back and forth the bridges collapse gave engineers a variable insight into how to build better and safer suspension bridges then fast forward to the year two thousand when london's millenium foot bridge had to close just two days after being opened after unexpected swaying occurred now another
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phenomenon here pedestrians crossing a bridge have a tendency to match their footsteps to the bridges swaying motion which makes the swaying more severe. and just last week another motorway bridge tragedy in italy this in the city of bologna you see it right there after a massive power up of trucks followed by a huge explosion the highway then collapsed was it the heat and the force of the explosion a bridge in need of repair that investigation is under way for the talk us through what happened today in a gentle italy i'm joined tonight by mohammed coo shaunie an associate professor in structural mechanics design an earthquake engineering at the university of south hampton and professor who shaunie welcome to the day i'd like to start by asking what went through your head when you saw all those images like we did of that
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bridge collapsing today. had a good evening thank you very much thanking me well actually there are there are a number of reasons that could cause a collapse of bridges this piece was the one of those type of bridges so when the speech was obviously it's about fifty years ago so there are a lot of bridges to be dissipated in the u.k. and europe and the us that are suffering from a city of eighteen so normally i would say yes so that bridges a stark norma's of it from corrosion so that's and that is a starting when we don't know anything about these cars over the long term that affects a certain performance but that's not the only scenario the other possibilities event the bridge is designed back in dating fit in fifty s. ago so that the demand we see the low need to live with on that bridge was a lot less than today's traffic loading so i went to yes norman at the breaches the demand of the bridges is increasing so that's boy always that big deal it's good
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but the passport in every state sort of be conscientious it is the norm and because that morning so i mean take these breaches yes but the didn't say anything like so therefore they got what it yes s. meant and it would be panamanian it's been great that as a professor let me ask you that the things that you're listing here all of those things are predictable i mean we know that bridges are going to are going to aides have wear and tear and we also know that traffic volume has increased everywhere in the world but that doesn't explain then how do you have a bridge suddenly collapse if you're able to to for see you know where in tear and you should be able to mitigate that by repairing it. yes that's true but unfortunately there are some he didn't damages that is not easily detectable so that's that's that's that's why i mean any part of the recession i.q. is looking into how we can actually investigate and money to reach is more
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efficient so we need to use a bit more at rest acknowledges and these are in the process they say surely because previously we didn't have the facilities to to do the smart money so we need to use more modern technologies to be able to take even damages and nobody there was even damages are the ones that are clearing the braves i mean i don't know the exact details of what happened to this bridge because it's so nice to go and investigate the beaches but this is not one of the great i mean if you look at back in two thousand and seven there was the mississippi race collapse in the u.s. was one part of the bridge that it was not detectable and that that bridge collapse so i there was another war and it was in the u.k. actually it was in two thousand knowing i was there a very very devastating it was a steel that was a fraud breach going train going through the great that so this bridge was not the first one and he will be the last one so what we need to do we need to have much
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better more efficient way of monitoring the braces because there are not one or two bridges there is a so many of them yes very difficult to tackle this problem to access and money toward the these bridges effectively so we need to change the way you actually morning to order and maintain these bridges which is called an increase call outs. we're just going to call them more efficiently yet and the problem is with the way they do it now. in the u.k. at least so we highways bridges all right maybe just we have got them and we get ration that every two years all the bridges must meet spec that we an m b five six a they have to have principle expection that they actually go on a mission and keeping cases there are some exceptions are only going to bristol they have especially when it probably means a lot of these bridges press want to do it in manually so we send people on the bridge just look at is the state where the people go in the spec and that's not really just it's very difficult to access those. so i mean part of the way that we are moving towards
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a future use what expecting starts me use for any special and what i think is great just to be a this more efficiently so you can use the more the technology we actually make things cheaper and we can do them more really ready and much more efficient and that helps us in the future so we can't really complain just that people who have been dealing with the maintenance of that debris just for what we need to do we need to do things a bit more efficiently and i think this is in a recession community this is well known and we are doing what we can do to improve this and disseminated through an industrial very very very quick question professor before we run out of time there were reports today obviously there was abuse of your weather reports that whitening may have struck the bridge do you think any of that could have. been a factor in the bridges collapse. i don't think so i mean every day i mean there are some extreme building you might get that lean in might be excessive noting that something at the time of that yet or it might be some initial and used it may be
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like that you have to think that rape was racism never heard anything that would affect so this tool are meant to be exceptional ability i mean they can i think it raises the right weakens to some admission i don't think that breeds ok professor can shawnee associate professor in structural mechanics design an earthquake engineering at the university of south hampton professor we appreciate your valuable insights tonight thank you. were tonight police in the u.k. are treating an early morning rush hour car crash outside the houses of parliament as an act of terrorism three people were injured when a man drove his car into the security barriers outside the building the suspect a man in his late twenty's is reportedly not cooperating with investigators. this footage was taken moments after the car crashed outside the british parliament . a b.b.c.
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television camera filmed the car driving toward the building and into an access lane before hitting the barrier gate. several bikers and pedestrians were wounded. police arrived quickly on the scene. they surrounded the vehicle guns drawn and arrested the twenty nine year old suspect. an eyewitness described seeing the crash. scene i don't mind trying to say i was a part of me at. least ten people she might be my friend it was deliberate but it wasn't it was no no they didn't follow me he knew it was a direct hit us run the business of becoming quite experienced and he's now on functioning. the crash happened near last year's westminster bridge attack where
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five people died after a man drove into a crowd and stabbed a police officer. the security barriers were installed in the wake of that attack london's mayor praised the response to this latest incident. you know we've seen across the world major cities facing acts of terrorism from terrorists who want to divide our communities at cause injury and cause death and we continue to evolve our response to terror attacks but also to fall to keep us safe to deter and for such taking place in the first place police have searched three addresses looking to piece together the story of the driver. as details continue to emerge london remains on high alert. and for more of this story i'm joined by david low he is a former counterterrorism officer he now lectures on the subject and he joins me tonight from liverpool david it's good to have you on the day you know when i sold
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the video of that car crash this morning it looked like to me it looked like an amateur at work what did you think. yes i agree with you and i think it's quite strange you still look at the time of year because parliaments and recess both houses are in recess and how percent in the morning and you know if you are in fine goodness this did not happen but you know if it was half past ten a lot of talking about early. i think we could have been talking for eight hours he said you know right casualty rate because the amount of tory's in the senate and they've got westminster abbey on one side of the street and you've got the palace of westminster and you have it very popular with tourists. we understand that the suspect is not cooperating with investigators and b. what are investigators doing now and what should be the next steps. i
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think the key parties will obviously are in addition to gathering the physical threads evidence it will be that they are looking apprentices in given nothing at the moment they most of the apprentice is that he's the access to. the bulletin as it is trying to find a motive now looking its any sort of communications devices from p.c.'s i phones it. can tell the police what he's been looking at who's been communicating with. so into witnesses in those areas who would know this individual ok security counterterrorism expert david lloyd joining us tonight from liverpool david we appreciate your time your insights. but here are some of the other stories now that are making headlines around the world multi has given permission for the rescue ship aquarius to enter port after five european
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union countries agreed to accept the one hundred forty one refugees on board the deal ends a four day standoff that kept the ship at sea the migrants will be distributed to france germany spain portugal and luxembourg mask youths is set dozens of cars on fire in several swedish city is in what officials are calling a night of coordinated vandalism no one was injured in the fires in the city's go to bug troll houghton and malmo police say they do not know what motivated the arsonists in ecuador at least twenty three people were killed in a high speed bus crash east of the capital quito another nineteen people were injured it is the second major bus crash in two days twelve people died on sunday when a bus carrying soccer fans overturned in the south of the country. and australian court has sentenced a catholic archbishop to a year under house arrest for his role in covering up troubled abused by
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a pedophile priest phillip wilson becomes the most senior catholic cleric to be convicted for hiding abuse in the church. from one of his strenuous top catholic clergymen to a common criminal philip wilson was once archbishop of adelaide but then the sins of his own pos forced him from that job. we saw what you've done and it was a little go outside court wilson wouldn't reply to victims demands for an apology instead to support a heckled them who's the good guy under the bed don't. want rubbish like mary excuse me if you call me rubbish you know that could you tell me robbie that confrontation for the outraged abuse of five as somebody in the catholic church so i sorry to put what million others we is the contrition from bishop former bishop wilson he's grice as somebody just set up steve has shown no grice on the saud
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myself buson has been convicted of crimes dating back to the nine hundred seventy s. then he didn't report a pedophile colleague to the police went to altar boys confided in him campaign inside the case isn't rare that a false get to do their highness acts because people are the conceal or ignore what they do today wilson was sentenced to one detention despite survive his agony one would contrition look he's defense argues he's eileen but activists say it's rather because a strike in law still lets off lightly those who cover up abuse. well the day is nearly done the conversation continues online you'll find us on twitter either at g.w. news or you can write to me brant goff t.v. there you go before you to use the hashtag newday or remember whatever happens between now and then tomorrow is another day we'll see that everybody. comes.
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