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panic in kathmandu. a powerful after shock hits the capital a day after an earthquake where are killed more than 2,000 people. rescue teams race against time to save those trapped under the fierce fighting across yemen hello, i'm darren jordon you are watching al jazeera live from doha. also on the programme - fierce fighting across yemen between the president's forces and rebels as saudi-led air strikes hit houthi positions. we are on patrol off the
libyan coast where a majority of boats attempting to reach europe start their journey a magnitude 6.7 aftershock hits nepal's capital kathmandu. more than 2,000 have been killed after the earthquake that hit nepal and neighbouring countries. we'll be lie in kathmandu, and the indian capital. first, this report. >> they are frightened because the ground shook again this morning. aftershocks adding to the trauma that's barely registering. overnight many people chose not to go home. unable to sleep, and uncertain of when the next jolt will hit. >> translation: on radio they
said another quake could hit, that is why we are all outside, and will spend the night here there are some that lost friend or families, certainly their homes. they have a famous proverb that captures the group. they are in the mind. it's in the mind of those who win or lose. >> to combat the fear, we are playing guitar. women, children and elderly are scared. we play the guitar to make them feel safe. >> in other parts, rescuers are aware that there are people alive under the rubble. they work patiently and precisely. for families looking on, it's painstaking. every so often though there's hope.
there are people in nepal's remote areas that have no help at all. only once they are reached would we know how big a catastrophe would this become let's talk to sab ina shrestha. reports of aftershocks. tell us what has been happening. >> there has been aftershocks the entire night and the whole day. the last one we had was awful. it was 7 on the rictor scale. the ground shook like jelly. we were panicking. everyone has been panicking since then. we walked around the areas with people have been taking refuge. if they see people exhausted and afraid of the next quake.
>> as you say you know, people terrified of more after shocks. how are people coping many are sleeping in the open aren't they? people are sleeping in the open. we went to the area where a lot of people are staying. they are angry because they don't have any footed or water, no shelter. a lot of them have shelter, but should is rain, it will not help. they want tarp. they want people selling the water for three times the amount, and they want the government to step in. what about the hospitals. there were reports that they
were overwhelmed with those injured. hospitals are struggling and are treating people outside. we heard about 200 bodies lining up to be cremated. and from the town where there has been a lot of devastation that hospitals and creme toriums are struggling. >> sabine ashrestha. sabine was telling us about the aftershocks in kathmandu. we under you had some yourself. >> we had this afternoon and in
areas north of nepal, where we saw some of the strong aftermath on the indian side. i should say as well in terms of india and what is happening here a high level meeting was convened. chaired by narendra modi, and we somehow hear what india's response will be in terms of relief effort. we'll be waiting to hear how big the relief effort will get on india's part and what will be the specifics that we didn't hear about on saturday. but given what we see unfolding in nepal, perhaps we'll hear more of that this afternoon. >> one of the problems is we are hearing that the kathmandu airport was closed. i don't know if it's still closed, but it will impact on the rescue effort.
clooutly. we have been monitoring the airport. from what we understand it it has been open after the closure owing to the after shock. but what will leave india are relieved goods, blanket and water and national disaster relief teams. the opening or the sustained operation of that airport is what is seen as essential on the indian side. it's an open border. but the road conditions are un unaffairable let alone when you want to get aid through. the air will be the best and
most convenient way to build that effort. apart from the after shocks of today, there has been an impact. talk us through the areas hit and what the impact has been. >> you are looking at the northern belt all the way through. all the way through to west bengal and here in the capital, which is a long way away from the epicentre. in term of deaths more than 50 deaths confirmed as a result of the earthquake. injuries over 200. authorities maintained that they expect the number to rise. that is on ongoing process in india. i should update you on something that the government is talking to the national government about, and that is running a bus service to nepal, to bring people back who may need help
and assistance or may want to return home. that is something we are watching closely, and what is a secondary service that the indian government is looking to offer. >> thank you now, there has been more saudi-led air strikes in yemen, with the latest round targetting a military strike and around the palace in sanaa. fighting continues between the houthi rebels and president abd-rabbu mansour hadi. >> this is the center of yemen. it's an oil-rich province east of the capital, which the houthis took over last year. both sides want control of the area. >> translation: we are on the entrance to the city. what we say about the houthi preps is not true. we will send them away. >> reporter: fighting has been
raging for days. control of the province would see that houthis are a strong hold which is in the north. outside the strong hold. gun battles continue. twine between houthis, and forces loyal to abd-rabbu mansour hadi. warships are in an area near the port. five air strikes hit the military side and the area near the presidential palace. in the south, 30 houthi fighters were killed when the truck was attacked. in yemen, the battle seems endless hakim al-masmari the
editor-in-chief for the improvement "yemen post," based in sanaa. he says the nature is changing. >> the air strikes have different targets. the casualties has been high according to a senior houthi commander. 480 houthis were killed by air strikes, because of the different targets. the targets are houthis and their fighters and movements, not the military infrastructure u.s. secretary-general ban ki-moon is urging not to revert
in military action. al jazeera's hoda abdel-hamid has been on board a koet guardship, and they are struggling in their war. >> reporter: it's usually around sunset that the coach guard sail off in search of migrants at sea. >> translation: the same way the european union assists italy, they should assist us. we don't have the means to deal with this. >> their fleet consists of a tug boat they took offer and modified for their own purposes. there's two navy vessels for short patrols. one has a broken engine and no spare parts much the coast guard patrols the coastline. a good number of boats sails.
this one turns out to be a registered fishing bolt. the patrol continues into the night. >> the area that the smugglers boats leave from are open beeches. they sail off at night and no one spots them. the tug boat is slow. >> the tug boat is slow. some are too far away before they cross into international waters. >> we cover less than 20% of the coast guard responsibility, and it took 24 hours. we didn't find migrants at see. there was information that some had sailed off from libya in the area we patrolled. that's not only because of the lack of modern equipment but it seems the smugglers are continuously changing tactics. since mid april the coast guards rescued 280 people. they were found in overcrowded dippingies that go undetected by
radars. 25 years, this person was one of them. >> the man steering the boat was like me. he was scared and that's why he ran away. he told us he knew what he was doing. it seems not. >> the coast guards noticed an emerging pattern. >> in the past they were big boats that carried hundreds. now they put them in rafts, they train two or three on how to use the engine and show the direction to follow on a compass, and off they go. >> the summer sees many trying to take a journey, most will sail into high sees undetected by coast guard time for a break here on al jazeera. when we come back... >> i'm in astana kazakhstan for a presidential election. will it be democracy or theatre.
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described the difficulties getting help to survivors much. >> kathmandu is in a bowl in a valley surrounded by cities. most of the city are small lanes, like rabbit warrens. most of the buildings are not at all earthquake proof. they've not been built according to modern day norms of buildings. the difficulty therefore is not about relief material reaching nepal, the difficulty is they'll reach nepal, but from the airport. other points of collection, to get it out to other people. women, elderly, children, food, water, tents, milk and so on. that's a major problem after the first priority, which is to save lives, many who are still maybe alive under the rubble and the debris.
that is the difficult situation that you are facing. . >> a number of other countries are offering aid and providing fund and material the relief effort tang lipping the crisis crisis -- tackling the crisis has to be a nepali effort. it started from the indian side. within hours, we were on our way to evacuate indian delivering supplies. police in burundi fired tear gas to disperse protesters demanders were angry that the president was seeking a third term in office. the president's party says he was elected by mps, not the people before his first term. vote counting is underway in togo where they are seeking a
third term. observers say the result will e close between him and opposition candidate. they ruled since 2005, taking over from his father who rule for the previous 38 years. thousand protested in baltimore after the death of a black man in custody. freddie gray suffered a broken spine. >> high tensions between the police and protesters in baltimore. people are angry. there has been so few answers about the death of freddie gray, and are using the moment to let out frustrations against what they say is police mistreatment. several people are arrested. it got angry, and marred what was overwhelmingly a peaceful day of protest throughout the
city. this was the largest demonstrations since the death last sunday, and unlike the others made up of african-americans on the streets, a wider cross-section of people are joining in. >> what happened with freddy gray, it's not a new problem, it's very, very old problem, as old as the country. as long as that existed there's a movement against it. >> they have a thing where the police is to protect and serve, right. the only thing that they serving now is this asterisk and death. >> reporter: they want the officers charged and an end to police brutality. police are admitting it was a mistake not to get freddie gray medical help when screaming in pain and not to secure him with the seatbelt in the back of the van. an inquiry is underway. six officers are on paid leave
pending the outcome. >> we need justice, and we need to do prison time. they need it, justice needs to be served. >> there's no national database of death, but federal bureau of investigation analysis suggests that baltimore police killed more than 120 people over the past 20 years. the police commissioner promised reforms and said in the last three years he fired more than 50 officers for wrongdoing, and said freddie gray's death shows how many problems exist in the baltimore police department, and why they'll remain on the streets. streets.> gray will be buried on monday. the calls for justice likely will not be in a city where everyone seems to be losing patience thousands of guatemalans have taken to the streets to demand the resignation of the president and vice-president. the biggest political crisis president and vice-president. t
follows a sting leading to the arrest of the head of the tax authority. david mercer reports. >> reporter: thousands of guatemalans descend on the nation's capital. organizers called for a peaceful demonstration on saturday, free of alcohol or banners. people don't want anything to mar the protests. >> we had enough of corruption, you need to leave office and return the money you have stolen. >> effigies she is anger and frustration. a multi-million corruption scandal led to this. the biggest demonstration no guatemalaa for years. the country is in the middle of a political crisis. >> police arrested the head of the tax authority for tax fraud.
investigators also issued an arrest warrant for vice president. the private secretary he and the vice president were on a trip to south korea. the vice president has been linked to high profile scandals. after her return from south korea, she held a press conference to deny wrongdoing. >> i called my private secretary and asked him if he knew what was happening, he said he didn't no. i told him he was fired, and demanded he return to guatemala, and make himself available to the courts. >> the damage has been done. days after the rest, the party's presidential candidate announced he was withdrawing from the race. now, with just five months before presidential elections, analysts say guatemalans are starting to feel the political power. >> future presidents feel more
scrutinized by a public more politically engaged. people are attentive to how it's hand. we hope this is the beginning of a change. >> not all in this week has been bad. just days, a group that helped with investigations. had it's mandate had it's mandateit extended for another two years. . >> people in kazakhstan are voting in an election. president nursultan nazarbayer is expected to win and extend his recall. the poll was due next year critics of the longstanding leader said recent developments forced him to call the vote. we have this report. >> reporter: i'm in a central location in the heart of the capital of avt an a
-- astana at a polling station where people have been coming in and out. many government employees feeling it's their duty to come out and vote. and probably feeling pressure from employers to come in and post their ballots. it's part of a party atmosphere. music, children, gifts being given - like irons and kitchen utensils because they are voting for the first time some of them. most consider this election a foregone conclusion. the person in power has been in power for quarter of a century. the candidates. let's take a look there's two opposing nursultan nazarbayer. if they were charismatic and have funding and were opposed to the policies or offered alternatives, which they don't. if there was a free media in
kazakhstan and an open environment where people could criticize the government. which there isn't. mr nazarbaye have would win. he's done a reasonable job in allowing the oil wealth to trickle down and reach a chunk of the population. a lot of people think he at least is the best man for the job. a group much russian bikers is on their way to germany. warsaw considers their planned route to be provocative. rory challands reports from moscow. >> reporter: revving up for the summer season, these are russia's bikers. they sport the look of outlaws, rebels of the road. but born to be wild - not these days. now they ride for russia and christianity. >> translation: our values are based on the same thing in which
our country is based. it's orthodox religion. >> leader of the pack is alexander, aka the surgeon. he is on a u.s. sanctions list for involvement in the russian takeover of crimea. at the wolves clubhouse he showed me his favourite pikes, and an articulated believe and force attempting to control world affairs. >> there's a new technology destroying as much as a nuclear weapon, it's controlled chaos. we see the consequences in iraq. libya and syria. russia can be the leader in the sphere. a spiritual sphere. this is the great meaning of russia, russia is not the salvation. salvation will come from russia. >> orthodoxy, patriotism, and a commitment to spare the nation, it's easy to see why they like vladimir putin, and he likes them.
oo he's ridden with them a number of times. others find the union worrying. >> it's part of a more general campaign to fit the conservative majority, the consolidated consevative majority. and pit it against anybody who would not pledge allegiance to the states. >> poland has concerns. it says 20 night wolves that plan to trace the advance from eastern berlin will not be allowed through. warsaw views russia as hostile. the wolves say if they are stopped at the polish boarder, they'll find a way of getting in, they are not hinting at how, but a suggestion that they may split up and get in individually through different border posts. it's a measure of tensions that an e.u. country is nervous about