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hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm john vause in los angeles where it's just gone 10:00 here on the west coast. >> and i'm george howell live here in houston, texas. midnight here at this convention center where thousands of people, some 8,000 people in
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fact are trying to get a good night's sleep in this shelter after surviving a storm quite frankly that destroyed so much. first the very latest on that storm harvey. it's weakened now to a tropical depression, but the damage that it's left behind, that will be felt here in this area for quite a long time to come. this storm battered port arthur, texas as it moved on. the mayor says the entire town underwater. 37 people have died since harvey hit this state as a hurricane last friday. a military spokesperson says it is still unclear how many people here in houston alone will still need to be rescued. the flooding is extensive. harvey has set a new u.s. record in fact for the most rainfall from a single storm. it dropped almost 52 inches of rain. that's 130 centimeters of rain as it soaked parts of the state. when you take into account how widespread the damage is from this storm, it makes the stories of survival all the more incredible. galen phillips and his family were rescued from their home. they join now live on the phone
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from port arthur, texas. galen, it's good to have you with us. so just to give our viewers a sense of what your family went through that very night. help us understand. >> yes, it was actually this morning, sir. we just basically experienced a large amount of water in the yard and in the street, pretty much everywhere, including the house. the water started penetrating the home. and we started making plans to go above to the attic. so i climbed on the roof. and i started waving a white t-shirt to get the helicopter's attention. and the helicopter was hovering over the house. and a coast guard came down on a rope and basically let us know he was looking for an elder man
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who had called in. he had i want to say a brain disease and they was looking for him. so we were just basically trying to get out of the storm. and then my uncle came in, rescued us, and then we started rescuing other people. >> i want to ask you a question. it's kind of a personal question. i hope you won't mind. i'm a father myself. >> couldn't imagine what it would be like to be in your situation. would you mind just helping us to explain, helping to explain? we can learn from what you went through. what was going through your mind in that moment that quite frankly is life or death? >> honestly, first, it was just like getting out. but honestly, i was just -- it was second nature. i feel like that's just something i've always -- i've always been adventurous. so stuff like that doesn't really bother me. it's more so about being safe. and it could have got really
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worse. but i'm grateful. it's really not -- it's a big deal. but stuff like that, i know it takes people like me to get out there and be positive and try to make a difference. in a positive way. soy got to keep my cool and just do the best for my family and my community. >> gaelon, one thing i've noticed, we keep telling these stories of survival. we tell the stories of loss, of all the damage that is quite plain to see. but it's also mixed with another story that is a story of hope, that is a story of survival. what do you think about that? have you seen a lot of that yourself? >> yes, sir, most definitely my whole life. i think as humans, we all show signs of grace of just having faith and keeping hope and being positive. and i think being positive comes
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with positive outcomes. so it's always a good thing to stay positive and keep a good spirit. >> gaelon, we really appreciate you taking time to share your story with viewers here in the u.s. and around the world have a great deal to learn and appreciate from what you went through. thank you for your time today. >> thank you so much for having me, sir. >> glad you're here to be with us to talk about it. there are a lot of people who decided to help who just, you know, dropped what they were doing and decided this is where they wanted to be. lelu is one. thank you so much for taking time as well. >> thank you, george. >> we were talking a minute ago. you sustained a little damage on your home as well, correct? >> that's correct. >> but even though you had damage, you're here. talk to us about it? >> i am. once monday morning came and the waters receded, i remember the
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vulnerability of living, waking up sunday morning with water in our garage about to penetrate our home. a leaking roof. and waking up monday once the waters recede thinking about what our neighbors were going through. i'm an immigrant to this country. and houston is a city that has given so much to me and my family. and so instinctively waking up monday was like what can i do and in my own little way contributing to helping rebuild and restore our city and the wonderful people that call this place home. >> laolu, when you get out there and you talk to people, what are you hearing? >> there is a lot of optimism about how we're going to come back and we've been such a resilient community. we survived hurricane ike, allison 16 years ago. we made it through the economic depression. so there are a lot of people who really feel that houston will
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rebuild. but there is a lot of concern also about what this may mean. we've had three historic flood occurrences in the last three years. this was just the most severe of it. so there is some concern about what are long-term solutions that the city or the federal government will be able to bring about to make a city that is essentially the bayou city for a reason. how do we overcome that and deal with some of the infrastructure issues. hope from a federal perspective that something will deal with this. and climate change. the immediate concerns are really helping our neighbors and doing what we can to help lift each other up. >> one thing that i noticed here at this convention center, laolu is the fact that there are so many volunteers who came. and in fact they're turning some volunteers away now because there were so many. >> yes. and i think it's just a testament to houston. it's the houston they know and
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love. and so many of us, friends and family we all know and love, we're an open city. nobody cares where you're from or who your daddy. we're interested in what you have to contribute. and it's truly a meritocracy. for us, this is an event that affected all of us regardless of socio-economic status. and because of that, you know, it was more of a reason for people to show up and have an outpouring of support. and this isn't something -- we did this during hurricane katrina. we've done it so many other instances. and so i'm not surprised by it. but people are showing up. i can't tell you the number of tags and facebook posts are asking how do i get involved? how do i volunteer. and we're trying to point people in the right direction. what we're really doing here on the site of tgeorge r. brown convention center. the shift arrived for 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. shift.
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>> these are people who gave up their time? >> these are people who gave up their time. a former county sheriff was somebody that i just said hello to about five minutes ago, was walking by with his wife. and i even joked about the fact he is here with all the young people and could he last through the night. yeah. >> thank you so much. >> thank you so much. >> for taking your time and all you're doing. >> sure thing. thank you. >> so this storm has been a powerful storm. it's left a great deal of devastation. let's get the very latest on where it is right now. our meteorologist karen maginnis is live in the weather center tracking the remnants. karen, what can you tell us? >> george, and thanks for those great interviews. really enjoyed watching those. a lot of people doing very heroic things. right now harvey is a tropical depression. located in the vicinity of alexandria, virginia. but let's just go back. last friday evening, when it made landfall in the vicinity of corpus christi, rockport
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specifically. and then it meandered along that east upper coast and central coast of texas and produced the staggering rainfall totals that we have seen, just about 52 inches of rain. about a trillion gallons across houston. and then we shifted it yesterday towards beaumont, port arthur. and they saw 26 inches of rain fall in 24 hours. the mayor says the city is covered with floodwaters. now what happens? we've got tropical depression harvey. harvey is not giving up yet. it is going to move all the way across northern mississippi, southeastern arkansas and into western tennessee. and the computer models are suggesting you could see 4, 5, 6 inches of rainfall. certainly doable. but some areas may pick up as much as 10 inches of rain. so there could be some localized flooding associated with this. so we bring the depression through louisiana overnight.
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then into northern mississippi going into tomorrow evening. and then right across western sections of tennessee and into southern kentucky. and there is still plenty of tropical moisture associated with this. so much so that this low-lying area right along the mississippi river, right through the tennessee river valley could see the potential for flooding. as i mentioned, some areas are suggesting possibly 10 inches of rainfall. all right. let's shift towards houston. the rain has ended. temperatures are going to soar into the low 90s. it is going to be miserable. it's miserable there now. but at least with the sunshine they can assess everything. everything that has happened in harris county. everything that has happened around the dams, the reservoirs, the levees the counties around houston. extending over towards beaumont, port arthur. as i mentioned, right now the
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rainfall still continues in beaumont, port arthur. not to the degree that we were looking at yesterday, with 1 and 2-inch rainfall totals. but we also saw some rainfall totals over here along the coastal sections of louisiana. i counted 37 cities in texas alone that saw 30 to 52 inches of rainfall. george, that -- we never see anything like that. but the fact that we're still talking about tropical depression harvey is still staggering. national hurricane center has issued its last advisory on harvey. back to you. >> storm that just left a great deal of devastation in its path. karen maginnis, thank you so much. just want to show you what's happen hearing at this convention center for a moment. you get a sense of how many people are here, volunteers, people doing so much to help those who have lost a great deal. we'll have more on volunteers who are pulling together to help make sure the people are safe in
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welcome back. i'm george howell live here in houston, texas. there are a lot of organizations at play in this city helping those in need throughout the region. and joining now to talk about aid efforts, omar garcia. omar is the pastor at kingsland, a baptist church in katy, texas. omar, it's good to have you to talk about what you're doing. look, there are so many people who need help. and everyone who steps up, it seems is really making a difference here. >> it's making a tremendous difference in katy, george. we have been just overwhelmed by the kindness, the support, the love of so many volunteers. not just from our own community, but from around the state, around the nation who have come to our aid at this really difficult time. worst storm i've ever seen in the 12 years i've been in this area. >> so talk to us about who you're helping, what stories
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have you heard there? >> well, we -- those of us who served here in katy, all of us pastors of various churches. i'm actually the missions pastor at kingsland. we have joined together, along with nonprofits in the community and various helping agencies to come to the aid of those who have suffered a lot of devastation. we've had over 5200 homes sustain flood damage as a result of the rains. we thought they were never going to stop. i've never seen it rain like this before. so lots of people that just got -- water came up pretty fast. they were trapped in their homes. and as we were doing boat rescues the other day, you -- we were going down streets that i normally bike down. and there were people calling to us from the second stories of their homes, asking us not to
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forget them, to come back for them. and it's just a time consuming process to, you know, make your way in the water and get people out. but we had so many people here with boats and all kinds of vehicles to help us do the rescues. >> so talk to us about what people do once they're rescued, once they have shelter, once they find food and find a place to continue getting food. because quite frankly, even that's a major challenge in this city. what is the situation like that for people? and how is your group helping? >> well, you know, the cool thing is i'll just give you an example. we rescued a family from their home, picked them up in a boat. we got them back to a point where we walked about a quarter of a mile in knee-deep water to
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an elementary school. and at the elementary school, we had cars lined up. families in the community who are on higher ground that were opening up their homes to complete strangers willing to take them in, welcome them into their homes, give them a place to stay. others went to shelters at the schools. but there was a place for everybody to go. some went with family members. it was just a remarkable thing to see. we had one family that contacted me and just couldn't say enough about the wonderful experience it was to have a family they'd never known before in their home. they were brought together by this flooding. and they now said we're best of friends. and we're just looking forward to spending more time together in the community, especially as they rebuild their lives. and so some wonderful stories that have come out of it.
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>> well, sir, look, we really appreciate you taking time to tell our viewers what you're doing. and obviously, it is indicative of what a lot of other groups are doing to help those here in need. thank you so much for your time. so, you know, it is a sense of pride, quite frankly, that people feel. the pride of helping their neighbors, john, in times of need. and we're talking about neighbors helping neighbors, family members helping family members. strangers helping strangers. it is quite a sight. >> that hope and optimism will be sorely tested and needed as this goes on. >> absolutely. >> because this emergency will be dragging on for weeks and months, some even say years. george, thank you. the scope of the flooding in houston is only rivalled in recent memory by images from new orleans. left almost entirely under water when hurricane katrina made landfall exactly 12 years ago.
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today katrina ranks among the cost ci costliest natural disasters ever in u.s. history. and there are fears harvey could be even worse. >> when you look at comparisons, the population size and square mile size of the area impacted both by the hurricane swath and the flooding is far larger than katrina. >> few people know more about the impact of hurricane katrina than retired lieutenant general russel honore. he commanded the military response to that disaster, arriving in new orleans on this day 12 years ago. and general honore joins me now ufrom houston, texas. general, it's good to see you. can you tell me, what are the differences here between katrina and harvey? and what does that actually mean for the challenges ahead? >> well, let me talk the commonalities.
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in both cases, the storm over the infrastructure and it's caused a lot of destruction. that's why we call them disasters. the biggest difference is that this is much bigger and lasted much longer. and it's the destructive nature of harvey as opposed to katrina. so the size and scope as well as the overwhelming day after day even today we're dealing with the aftermaths of a storm that hit landfall last friday. and it's still going to cause pain and suffering tomorrow as it moved north with winds and rain into the tennessee valley. >> well, the texas governor has now activated 14,000 national guard troops. and on wednesday, the u.s. army sent more than 100 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft to the state. but here are the numbers for
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katrina. there were 10,000 national guardsmen already on the ground before katrina made landfall. within a few days that number had grown to 72,000. with 346 helicopters in operation alongside 68 fixed wing aircraft. if harvey is so much bigger than katrina, why does the response at least at this point seems so much less? >> well, i've been frustrated about this. you can go back on record as of last friday night and saturday. i was doing my duty as a citizen, speaking out on social media. i sent notes to people that i know that are still in the chain of command that they didn't have the scale of the operation right. the hard work is going to come next week when we get in past search and rescue and we go in to do the secondary searches. >> well, as far as search and rescue is concerned, we're seeing a lot of rescues carried out from the air by helicopters
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like this one reported by cnn's martin savidge. listen to this. >> they are hovering over this city. rising and falling. and here we see as people being pulled out now. and they're being brought in. and they're safe. that's the hoist. rises again for two more people are brought in. it's a remarkable scene. you can understand the fear that they're in. >> in many cases, rescue from the air is the only option there is still no idea how many more people are stranded, which gets to the point of why those air assets are so important. >> absolutely. every national guard helicopter should have a lift kit on it. we give them -- the national
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guard has those assault battalions. many of them cross train, some more than others and have the lift kit on them. that needs to be routine. >> when you look at the difference in the numbers, 100 something helicopters operating in texas. more than 300 operating within days after katrina hit new orleans. >> right. >> and louisiana. that seems in some ways that maybe the lessons from katrina have not carried over to harvey. >> right. because since katrina, we reorganized the focus is going to be on the states to be able to do the response as opposed to bringing in a federal headquarters. or a dual hat headquarters. what that turned into most national guard generals is they appoint a brigadier general to run the dual hat command. well, that's problematic. we need to go back and take a look at that.
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this state of texas has a division headquarters, two-star headquarters that's capable of doing strategic -- i mean operational level planning and being able to look two or three days ahead of time. and has a logistics experience as opposed to the dual hat commander which is not a person. it is a command. that need to be fixed. and look, i respect all these guardmen. my two sons are in the national guard. they give up a lot. but we owe them better than to mobilize 3,000 of them when all of them should have been mobilized on day one. texas is a big state, and that is a big storm. and it was predicted to be a big storm. and it's a lot worse than anybody could have envisioned. that being said, we need to have the guard do what is advertised. we've got national guard in every zip code. they need to be there during disasters. >> general, good to speak with you. thank you so much for sharing your insights and your experience. >> good day, sir.
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find your awesome with the xfinity x1 voice remote. welcome back to our continuing coverage of the aftermath of hurricane harvey. i'm george howell live at the convention center that is a shelter for so many people here in texas. the good news is many people around the state, especially here in south texas, they looked up and they saw the sun for a second day. harvey is no longer a hurricane, but its floodwaters still very much the story here. emergency workers and volunteers are struggling to rescue people in trouble. our drew griffin highlights a few of those heroic story, including one story involving his own cnn team.
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a deepening humanitarian crisis in houston and throughout southeast texas amid the historic flooding, victims are fleeing the shelters, convention halls, church, even a bowling alley and a furniture story now house flood victims. >> they say water was rising. time to go. so that's what we did. >> reporter: the destruction is spreading beyond houston. beaumont and port arthur, texas got pummelled with 26 inches of rain in 24 hours. the mayor of port arthur says his whole city is now under water. this shelter flooding overnight, compounding the misery for people already forced from their homes. >> this is going to be an incredibly large disaster for the country. >> reporter: multiple agencies are still making rescue after rescue, while many more are still waiting for help. emergency crews race against time to reach those trapped in their homes. how long were you in there? >> three days. >> reporter: amid the devastation, extraordinary acts
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of humanity. these two residents lost their homes but are working around the clock themselves to save their neighbors. >> you eat something and just dry up a little bit, get a little energy, a little bit of coffee in our system and we're back out. >> reporter: this group forming a human chain to save an elderly man from rushing waters. and as we prepared to good live on cnn, a man mistook a flooded ravine for a street and drove right into the water. >> look at this. get out, dude! you got a power cord? you got a rope? hold on. i'm trying to get you a rope. brian, call 911. hold on, sir. >> can you grab his car? >> okay. grab it now. wrap it around your -- okay. okay. come on, buddy. >> are you all right now, buddy? >> yeah. >> all right. take your breath.
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we're going to pick you up. we want to get you off of this bank. >> how are you doing? >> [ bleep ] great. >> later, we were able to catch up with jerry summerall. >> was all flooded. and then just got -- kind of disoriented. i was looking at the water. and i thought i hit a curb and i was going to go on the road. well, it wasn't a road. it was a canal. >> did you think dang, what did i do? >> no kidding! i thought it was the end. if it wasn't been for your crew, i would have drowned, i swear to god. >> the camera just happened to be rolling, captured all of that. no time to call 911. drew just did what he needed to do with his team. it's good work out there. and it's good that mr. summerall survived. this storm has separated many families. many families of different kinds. that includes many pets who have had to fend for themselves in the floodwaters. our gary tuchman has this
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report. [ barking ] >> reporter: if these pets could talk, there would be scary stories to tell about the flooding caused by harvey. because these dogs and cats were left behind as floodwaters inundated neighborhoods in and around dickinson, texas. owners either unable to take them or assuming the flooding wouldn't be serious. i joined chris schindler and rowdy shaw from the humane society of the united states after they received phone calls from a evacuated pet owners asking for their pets to be rescued. they go to a house where floodwaters went almost as high as the roof. they make sure no humans have come back, and then look for one dog and one cat left behind. the lower level of the house is destroyed. empty pet crates are toppled. flooding still remains. we see a stuffed animal which we feared for a split second was a deceased pet. they thoroughly search the
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house. no pets are found. it's not known what happened to them. a short time later, a happier outcome. >> hi, baby! hi! are you lost? >> two dogs located in the backyard of a nearby home. snoopy, an 8-year-old poodle and abbey, an 8-year-old english bulldog are rescued. >> so a woman had found those dogs running loose. she was able to contain them and put them in her backyard and had called. >> snoopy and abbey join the pets. the owners of almost all the pets identified and contacted. but some of these pets are strays. canine and feline victims of the storm, identities unknown. this guy was found on a flooded street corner here in dickinson. let's call him patches. and then there are other kinds of pets like these two rabbits and a guinea pig. elizabeth is their owner. she couldn't retrieve them before the storm came and thought they might have died. >> i was having nightmares.
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i was having a hard time sleeping. and, you know, now i can finally rest easy. >> and so can the people who love snoopy and abbey. >> you guys ready to go home? yeah! >> reporter: the poodle and english bulldog are owned by ryan johnson's father-in-law. >> my father-in-law can sleep tonight. he'll be happy. thank you, guys. >> reporter: many pets remain missing. >> you're a good girl, huh? >> reporter: thanks to these people who love animal, there have been happy reunions and more to come. gary tuchman, cnn, dickinson, texas. >> a lot of people, animals, a lot of people affected by this storm. you can find out what you can do to help by logging on to our special impact your world website. it's at cnn.com/impact. there you'll find links to vetted charities that are working to help people affected by the storm. again, that's cnn.com/impact. the president of the united
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welcome back, everybody. 10:43 here in los angeles. the u.s. president was in missouri on wednesday talking tax reform. but he also had words of encouragement and support for the victims of harvey. a message which was missing just a day earlier when he was actually in the disaster zone. >> to the people of houston and across texas and louisiana, we are here with you today. we are with you tomorrow, and we will be with you every single day after to restore, recover, and rebuild. our thoughts and prayers remain
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firmly with the citizens and our fellow people, people, great, great people, all affected by this tragedy. >> well, for more a senior reporter for politico. he is with us here in los angeles. david, thank you for coming in. on tuesday, there was a lot of criticism that the president failed the comforter in chief test. the comments that he made in missouri sort of a day late. better late than never? does he get a do-over? >> i think the jury will still be out on this president's reaction. one day or two days, if you look at recent polling, he is what, a plurality of americans think his response has been sufficient and are happy with it. and that level of response, while not overwhelming and still many, many people have not decided yet, suggests that because his overall approval ratings are so low, even some people who in general disapprove of the president give him good marks for how he has handled harvey so far.
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so i think he still has a chance here, and clearly people found the second day remark morse empathetic. >> and in some ways, does this show what we haven't really seen from donald trump is that there was criticism. and there was sort of a change of behavior? >> i think especially since it came at the top of the speech. you can think there must have been some discussion about how the first remarks came off, especially talking about crowd sizes in texas and i think it definitely was a course correction. >> at some point the president will need to go to congress for an emergency funding bill for especially houston, texas, everyone impacted by this. that would seem to be at least on the face which is pretty straight forward. they should come together for the common good, pass this measure. but right now this relationship between donald trump and congress and republicans in congress, this is anything but straight forward it would seem. >> well, there is the trump effect. but let's keep in mind that it's not just straight forward because of trump. you're right. it used to be these kind of bills passed through congress
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with bipartisan support. but go back and look at sandy at relief effort there's. and there is still a lot of animosity and i think hurt feelings among republicans and democrats and n some of those affected states what is it, 20 house republicans in texas right now were around when they voted against that funding. that's complicated. >> with reasons why which don't exactly add up. >> that's right. >> there is also the issue for donald trump. it's complicated by getting this budget measure through, this emergency budget measure through. but uthere is also a budget measure coming up which involves raising the debt ceiling which also involves his border war. again, there is complication upon complication upon complication. and ultimately, this could impact what happens in texas. >> definitely. the one different thing we're seeing on tax reform is that what the president has done is given this kind of overall broad framing the message speech that we didn't really see so much of on health care. and he needs one of these things to go in his favor this year, or
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else he will end the year without a legislative accomplishment. >> it's interesting when you say about the whole issue of tax reform which essentially we got no details. well expect nod details. and that's what we pretty much got. in a sense broad brush strokes. it's all about cutting taxes, cutting government expenditure as well to try and pay for it. and that includes female map. $680 million the president would like to cut out of the fema budget. tax cuts which imply cuts to fema, at the same time wishing the victims of harvey well. again, it does seem to be kind of an awkward way of going about this. >> they think will be politically difficult to sell. what a republican will argue is they will always argue the waste, fraud and abuse there are things in the program that you can eliminate. whether or not that adds up or not. i think because of harvey's timing, that makes that politically very hard. >> thank you. good to see you. >> thank you. >> okay. we'll take a short break. when we come back, texas is not the only place dealing with epic deadly floods. we'll have more on the rising waters across asia in a moment
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aftermath of hurricane harvey there's flooding on the other side of the world. heavy rain has been in india since tuesday. the rising waters have killed morning 1200 in india and neighboring bangladesh. lizzy joins us with more on this. these numbers have staggered from the death polls to the number of children who can't go to school because of the floods. >> reporter: that's right john, and also the number of displaced. when you tally up three countries in bangladesh, more than 41 million people displaced. that's not going unnoticed when people -- they are noticing that media is spending an awful lot of time looking at hurricane harvey, here was a headline on the front page of the mom buy times if you can see it. houston, we have a problem here too.
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referring to a famous phrase dedicated to the astronauts in 2013. there is an enormous amount of attention that gets shifted away from what's the real problem in asia which is unprecedented amounts of rainfall and massive flooding, john. >> and elizabeth you are there and rescue operations are underway right now. what more can you tell us? >> reporter: well, it's very unclear right now how many people are still trapped. its assumed there are more than a dozen several people dead. but minimum bye has had a recent building collapse, a major building collapse that was due to illegal construction. there have been walls that have collapsed during this flooding times and other buildings that have collapsed but it's too early to say whether or not this particular building was caused by the heavy rains.
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it is quite possible, it's a question of illegal construction, possibly made worse by all the flooding, john. >> one of the oesh issues they're confronting in this region, they haven't really seen heavy rains like this for years, when you talk about the droughts that have been conflicting india and bangladesh. >> reporter: well the south asia region is one of the wettest regions in the world generally. there are annual monsoon rains and those will continue john, until through september. so more rain will be coming. many scientist agree, this is an unprecedented year, there are massive amounts of flooding going on that are causing misery. right now in china right now, they are suffering greatly from flooding. so, it does seem like it's a particularly dramatic year. and some scientists expect that
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in the next few decades rainfall will increase by as much as 20%. john. >> we've been watching some of the images which they have been dealing with and they also incredible. liz thank you for update we appreciate it. you've been watching cnn newsroom live from los angeles. i'm john vase. >> reporter: and i'm george howell here in houston, texas. our live coverage continuing after the break. stay with us. here's to the heroes -- america's small business owners. and here's to the heroes behind the heroes, who use their expertise to keep those businesses covered. and here's to the heroes behind the heroes behind the heroes,
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hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world i'm john vause live in los angeles. it is now 11:00 here on the west coast. >> 1:00 a.m. here in houston, texas. i'm george howell live at a convention center that's been converted into a shelter for some people. for some 8,000 people that are calling this a temporary home. hurricane harvey, no longer a hurricane it's a tropical depression, but the region still struggling with major flooding left behind. i want to show you this drone video taken in bow mono, texas, east of houston. you can see the scope and scale of deaf station here after this storm reloaded and hit the coastline for a second time. overall the death

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