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forecasters mourn more heavy rain is on the way -- forecasters worn -- forecasters warn more heavy rain is on the way. i'm phil gayle. welcome to the program. australian authorities have declared emergencies and ordered mass evacuations in new south wales and victoria. the states hardest hit by some of the worst wildfires on record. evacuation orders are likely to last for days as forecasters mourn that high temperatures and strong winds are expected to return this weekend ---- forecasters warn high temperatures and strong winds are expected too return this weekend. >> this is what firefighters in
australia have been dealing with for months in some cases. in this is an example of the aftermath. a blaze tore through here on new year's eve. since then, thousands have been awaiting rescue. the plan is for the navy to use ships and helicopters to melbourne. destruction, devastation, and this is one of f so many towns n new south wales in australia that have felt the latest wave of bushfires. >> just get out and go. >> people have died, but a final count has not been tallied yet. some are still listed as
missing. one of the dead is fireman jeff keaton who passed away battling a fire just beforore christmas. at his funeral thursday, his young son received an award on behalf of his father. the next catastrophic conditions are f forecast for this coming weekend with temperaturess expected to top 40 degrees celsius. phil: journalist rebecca amer has been monitoring the situation and says people have been l leaving touririst towns n australia's southeast. rebecca: already, there's mass evacuation under way. tetens of thousands of not 100,0 people have been and are currently on the move today. tens of thousands of tourists had already settled into their beach holidays on the south coast of new south wales and in easton victoria before these fires hit.
some of those had been cut off from power and water. authorities have said there is a small window in which people can evacuate to save the areas. there have been cues outside petrol stations with some stations running out of fuel completely and others giving a limit of 50 liters per car. cues outside supermarkets a and we've s seen s supermarket s shs stripped bare. traffic jams of up to 25 kilometers long as many, many people are attempting to leave ththsame area all at oncee as conditions are expected to intensify once more over the next few days. phil: turkish lawmakers passed a bill allowing the country to deploy troops to war-torn libya aimed at shoring up the government a triple lead -- in tripoli against the so-called
libyan national army. the bill call despite objections from turkey's main opposition groups. >> the bill was expected to pass through parliament, and eventually it did, giving the government a green light for one-year military deployment. but not before heavy debate in the house with opposition parties arguing vigorously against it. libya's internationally recognized government, the government of national accord based in tripoli, is a regional ally to turkey. last friday, the turkish president received a request for militaryry assistance from the u.n.-backed nation. the government has been facing off against the rebel forces leading a rival administration preparing an assault to tank the
capital. the general has already taken control of the south suburbs and has support internationally from egypt and russia. the fighting has threatened to plunge libya into violent chaos not seen since the ousting of muammar gaddafi. some 2000 people have been killed in the conflict so far. ankara says by intervening, it wants to reduce the risk of further instability in the region and protect its cultural commercial ties. meanwhile, nations on the other side of the break and are concerned any fororeign interference could lead to more civilian deaths and a new wave of refugees making their way to europe. >> more on this from a political science professor who specializes in middle east politics and joins us. welcome, professor. how would a turkish troop deployment shift the balance in
libya? > i think it i is going to jt get other actors involved like rurussia and egypt.. the way i see it,t, shifting the balance i is just going to maket morere of a proroxy war and we l sesee the violence escalatate, d thisis is going to be particulay hahard on civilians. when we see conflicts g get inteternationalized likeke the conflilict in yemen, y you staro see civilian death tolls go up, so i don't see this as particularly good news for anyone in libya. i think this is just going to escalate things further and get these proxies more involved in this conflict. phphil: whatat does turkey wantm this? >> turkeyy is trying to prevevea geneneral from takaking over t e entirere country. they recently signed a maritimee agreement so they could carve out the drilling rights of the
mediterranean. they are feeling more isosolated economicallylyecause of some trtrade deals s that had takenee , and t they a also have been benefiting from construction cocontracts that they had b been gigiven by the tripoli governmet whichh had been financially lucrative.e. ththey also fear he is targeting ethnic turks a and ethnic turks are t the biggest ethnic group after libyans and berbers, and there were caseses of ethnic libyan turks beingng arrested ad bebeing targeteded because theyd even bombebed the town of this router was has an e ethnic turkh element tot.t. beyond the facact that turkeyy s want to have a greatater spheref inflfluence in the regionn, they are also o worried about whahats influence could mean for the ethnic turks living in libya as well.
phil: we think about their actions a month or so ago in northern syria. are these linked in any way? >> as turkey has p personalizezd its regimime, as it has become more about argan -- abouou erdogan and there are fewer checks on his power, we have seen turkey y become more aggressisive with its foforeign policy.. it hasas become about syria pushing the u.s. out of syria. i think what we are seeing is a turkey that is willing to try to exert a bigger sphere of influence, extending beyond just ththe middle east, going i into northh africa, and i don't think thatat there is anything that is
goining to happen that t will sp turkey because within its own government, though there was some vigorous debate, erdogan has complete control over the government and over his party. phil: thank you for joining us from the university of essex. >> thanks for having me. phil: for some other stories making news around the world, austria's new coalition government wants to make the country carbon neutral by 2040. the green party is entering the government for the first time as the conservative party's is laying out details to make the country a european authority. police in paris have used tear gas to disperse protesters as the standoff over the president's planned pension reforms continues. national trade services have been disrupted by strike action
for 29 days now, making it the country's longest strike since 1968. a court in belgium has suspended the extradition of a separatist leader, citing his immunity as a european lawmaker. he was elected to european parliament in may. he is wanted in spain for his role in catalan's illegal 2017 secession bid. severe weather has triggered deadly flooding in and around indonesia's capital, jakarta. officials say around two dozen people have been killed and tens of thousands displaced five raging flood cap -- raging floodwaters. forecasters are wararning of moe rain to come. >> trapped on a tiny island in the floods. this man was lucky. a desperate rescue effort saved him. nearby, floodwaters were
overwhelming, washing away everything in their path. tensns of people havave been ki, and tens of thousands more evacuated. indonesia's president tried to offer r reassurance. >> a disaster agency needs to coordinate with provincial governments and search-and-rescue teams to give people who are affected by the floods a sense of safety. >> but he also cautioned people to limit their expectations. >> in terms o of our ability to respond to flooding, the central government is still quite new and there are still many projects left to complete. >> for hard-hit residents in the capital, jakarta, life-and-death choices and long delays. >> when the water reached the second floor, we decided to evacuate. we asked for help to be
evacuated at 8:00 a.m., but we could only move out at 2:00 p.m. >> and a sense of a terrifying new w normal. >> we hope this will never happen again because these floods keep coming back every five years. if we like it or not, we have to face this because we live here. >> everyone is working to clean and salvage what they can. more rain is expected on the weekend. phil: you are watching "dw news" live from berlin. still to come, anger and anxiety is hong kong's hong kong movement. and tens of thousands living in kenya's refugee camp. we will see how people are coping as the camp faces
potential collapse. a woman and her two adult daughters turned to authorities after a fire that devastated a zoo. police say the women admitted ordering paper sky lanterns on the internet apparently unaware they were illegal in germany. it is believed flame from the candles caused the blaze on new year's eve. >> flowers and candles after more than 30 animals were killed when a fire broke out. many have come to express their sympathy. >> everyone who knows the zoo is sad, even outside of germany. it is always bad when something so terrible happens, no matter where. i was here almost all day yesterday because i could not bear the sadness alone. it helped to see so many mourners here, and i cried. i could not have started at home.
-- i could not have stood it at home. >> a total of eight apes were killed, including europe's oldest g gilla, who o was 48 yes old. thee fire broke out shortly a ar midnight. the enclosure was also home to fruit bats and birds. police believe the fire was caused by a sky lantern launched for new year. a mother and her two daughters turned themselves into authorities shortly after the fire, reportedly unaware of the fact that sky lanterns are banned across germany. >> the people wanted to set off these lanterns with good wishes, and of course they did not think that could lead to what happened here. i must say, i think it is courageous of them to go to the police and say, yes, we are responsible. i find it extremely decent, and they have my respect. >> the ape enclosure burned to
the ground, but two chimpanzees managed to escape the inferno. >> the two survived the fire with minor burns. we don't know how that happened. they within sedated and moved to another enclosure. >> while craig felt zoo remains closed, investigators are examining how the blaze spread so quickly. phil: our reporter has been talking to people at the zoo and sent this assessment from the scene of the blala. >> three women are under investigation g germany f launching paper sky lanternrns n new year''s eve, which apparenty ignited a dedestating fifire tht killeded more than 300 animalsls right behindnd me i ithis westen german city atat the local zoo. the animals incncluding orangutans, gorillas, a and some enendangered chimpanzeeses eithr burned to death or diedd of smoe inhalation accorording to local authorits.s. the women turnedd themsmsves ino police afterer learng g about te
disaster. they are being investigated on suspicion of negligigt arson, an offense w which could carry a prison sentence of up to five years in pririson or altlternaty a very h heavy fine. ththeood of the c city i is prey grim, as you can see right behind me.e. some visitors even called deceased animals relatives. phil: around 200,000 people live in a kenyan refugee camp. the kenyan government's plan to close it has been postponed repeatedly. humanitarian aid for the camp has been considerable over recent years. our correspondent reports on whatat this means for people inside the camp.
>> rice, yellow beans, some cooking oil. . that is the food ration this family is supposed to survive on yet another month. she says life in the camp has become even more difficult since the food program reduced their fofood distributions because of budget cuts. the agency can only afford to provide 70% of the recommended fofood intake. >> nowow we are very desperate, and there is no care, no food at all. how can we survive if wewe don't have food? we have peace here, but we don't have food to survive and no health care. >> the p people have been living on the threshold of emergency
for nearly three decades now. with humanitarian organizations struggling to provide basic services in the face of dwindling donations and funding, they say their situation has consistently worsened. refugees here fear the world has simply forgotten about their plight. >> kenyan log restricts freedom of movement and forbids refugees working herere. this means more than 200,000 refugees in the camps, most of them women and c children, deped on ever scarcer humanitarian aid . aid workers in the camp are concerned they are being neglected. >> it iss not only the food that is affected. it is also a proroblem like heah services, education, wartime
sanitation. all of them are affected. >> she has been holding out forr a month withher baby dadaughter who suffers from malnutrition. she urgently needs s a solution. >> if i could supportrty family, i would notot have to come here. only someone who is helpless goes to the hospital. no one else wants to be at the hospital. >> her son cannot be treated by doctors here. he has a heart condition that needs special treatment and resources are not available e in the underfunded camp. >> we are dying in this camp.
nobody is taking us anywhere. i cannot help myself, and nobody is treating my spohn's illness. every night, we wonder if we will die or not -- nobody is treating my son's illness. >> she hopes she will be resettled to a place where her son can be treated. all she wants is the life of an ordinary citizen, not a refugee. until then, she hopes people, politicians, and agencies will start remembering them again. phil: hong kong's police chief has defended his department's actions amid allegations of disproportionate use of force to restrain the crowds. activists to support the demonstrations but fear for their future. dw has been speaking with one of them. we have changed her name to
protect her identity. >> the new year has begun like the old year ended -- hundreds of thousands of people marching for political reforms. alyssa has been active in the pro-democracy movement. >> it has changed my life. the protest movement has let me move forward. if i missed this, i would not have another chance to experience all of it. that's why it is so important that i am here. >> alyssa risks alluha akbar protesting. she was already arrested once three months ago and still awaits trial. prospects will dim further if she is detained again. the protest movement includes all walks of society, but the young are the most committed.
competitive school exams, a race for the best universities and a tough job market in one of the most expensive cities in the world. they face a lot of prpressure. she is 16 and has struggled for years with anxiety a and depressision that she blames mainly on pressure in schohool. >> the movemenent brought t colr into my lifee. it made me feel my life i is meaningful. >> since her arrest, her anxiety has returned, although she says she has not been violent, being at the site of clashes was enough for her to be charged. the family has been under immense stress since then. neither she nor her father use their real names. >> every time s she goes out, i
worry a lot. i'm anxious. i guess parents are like that, but then i also cannot lock her up. >> at the beginning, the march stays peaceful, but suddenly the mood shifts. >> teargas. please move slowly. >> many protesters leave the scene while front liners confront police. alyssa is in a dilemma. she wants to help the front-line protesters, but she knows what is at stake. >> because i have been arrested before, if i go to the front line, i need to be very, very careful. >> nevertheless, she decides to take a look but to get out as soon it gets tense. police roundup record number of
people, 400 altogether, but she is not among them. phil: our next report is ababout finding love on the dance floor. meet the wheelchair dancers of taiwan who first team up and then put the moves on each other. >> they are a perfect match on the dance floor as well as in life. ivy and vincent discover their talentnt for wheelchair dancingn their own, but it was finding each other that added the extra spark to their moves. >> ivy is quite humorous.s. i like a a woman who has a sense of humor. wewe enjoyed talking t to each r and, slowly, as we got to know eachch other better, i started liking her a lot. >> that chemistry has made them
one of the most successful couples in wheelchair dance. they are currently ranked number two in the world. but to perfect their dizzying moves also takes hours of training. their trainers are able-bodied volunteers who also perform with wheelchair users. vincent and ivy are part of taiwan''s last generation of polio survivors, dancing as a way to keep up their physical fitness and to help fight thehe effects ofof the illness. >> for us polio patients, physical deterioration can happen quite quickly. to exercise, we are hoping to slowow down the s speed of deterioration.
we are hoping we will be able to dance for a long time and to hold onto our good rankings. >> t t couple rerecently tied te knot. let's hope that married life sees them work together as smoothly as they do on the dance floor. phil: this is "dw news" life from berlin. up next, i will take you through "the day or come -- "thehe day." p ♪
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