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reporting from washington, i am jane o'brien. hurricane doriba batters the mas. traffic wins and storm surge have caused widespread -- catastrophic winds and storm surge have caused widespread damage. florida is bracing for the worst. boris johnson tells members of parliament, back me or get ready for a general election. the brexit deadline inches closer. e prime min. johnson: the no circumstances in which i will ask brussels to delay. we are leaving on the 31st of october, no ifs or buts. jane: and stories of migrants captured in art. a newxh eition gives face to those forced to flee to our homelands - flee their homelands. jane: for those watching on pbs and around the globe, welcome to "world news america."l the most powerorm to hit
bahamas since records began has caused severe damage and flooding.nd hurricane dorian is category four, but the slow-moving system 1s sustained winds of up 5 miles an hour d is causing destructive orm surge. five states have declared a state of emergency, and that includes florida, where aleem maqbool is tonight. aleem: overnight, life was change in the bahamas by the strongest form ever recorded there. -llarge areas of these lying lands were totally submerged. winds reached more than 160 miles an hour with docent searches -- ocean surges up to 20 feet high. scraps of footage posted online as the hurricane barreled through before power and communications went downfy painting a terg picture. >> please pray for us.
please, i'm begging you. ease pray for us. aleem: roof of this apartment block ha been ripped off. she was clinging to the side of the building with her baby. >> theaterust took them. aleem: there has as yet been no update on heret s, and no official figure for casualties. >> we have reports of casualties, we have reports of bodies being seen. we cannot confirm those reports until we go out and have a look for ourselves. >> that is the water from which is eremely high. ready completely flooded out that is my kitchen window. that haso be a minimum of about 23 off the ground. among those helplessly
watching waters around our homes as the hurricane came through was the minister of agriculture, who filmed this. eight agencies estimate of the 13,000 homes -- aid agencies estimate that up to 13,000 homes tuld have been destroyed catastrophic stormheoves through the bahamasat some points just a mile an hour. it could be days until help reachesany. there are concerns thangfood and drinater will be hard to come by. this isa now the fourth year i row where there has been a category five hurricane in the a record in the modern era, with experts attribute in increased frequency to climate change. and dorian now heads towards florida, with projections the storm could remain hurrica strength for much of the week.
jane: and we are hearing from the prime minister in the bahamas that there are five people reportedl deathere. we can speak to aleem maqbool who is in florida. this system seems to be stalling. we are already getting bad news from the bahamas. hiwhat could mean? aleem: you talk inonour introducbout the fact th it was slow-moving. we were talking about it earlier int he day movinge mile an hour. just had it extraordinary upde from the national hurricane center. they have said that the eye of theid storm, which is passing or grandvi bahama, is not mo at all. it istationary. it means that the people of the bahamas whhahave felt the impact of the hurricane for many hours will feelny it for ma hours more through the night until it moves off and comes in this direction towards florida. iats leading to more concerns
about loss of lin the bahamas. jane: when he does reach the prepareseaboard, how are they for this type of storm? aleem: as we all know, jane, they have been talking about it enfor several days now, and thee have been warnings for several days. people are starting to feel like they haverd h all of this before. some people are not necessarily heeding the warningni authorities keep onin saythat the evacuationer ords, and there ti orderatory evacuation not just here butn four other states from our thgs that should be hethed because lives are in danger from storm surges in particular. we saw storm surge is over the bahamas, around the bahamas, up to 23 feet,n whichny cases was higher than large parts of the islands themselves. we're not expecting quite that here. but still a dangerous, potentially life-threateni level.
we have had some airports closed in florida. we have seen many people who boarded up their properties and moved up the coast. thas i sayauthorities want more people to be doing the same thing. jane: aleem maqbool, thank you very much indeed. now to e u.k., where it is shaping up to be another significant week for brexit. the prime minister h urged mps not to delay. he handed that if they do, there might be a general election. boris johnn reinforced that the u.k. would be leaving the european union on october 31, and he would do everything inpo hir to stick to that date. the bbc'r's political editor lau kuenssberg has more. >> boris, boris, boris! >> o, out, out! laura: conflict and confrontation, the soundtrack to rent days around downing street already. behind the gates, the prime minister is stepping forward, perhaps to stoke it up.
the officialal lectern only deployed for moments thattt . not that he wants to admit it, but there might be an election on the way. prime min. johnson: as you come to the brexit deadline, i'm encouraged by the prog we are making. if there is one thing that can , hold us back in the stoc is the sense in brussels thatnd mps may ome way to cancel the referendum, or that, torrs will vote with jeremy corbyn for yet another pointless delay. laura: opposition and so tory mps want emergency votes to make it impossible for him to take us out of the european union without a deal. numb 10 is trying everything to stop them. prime min. johnson: if they do, ey will plainly chop the legs from the uk's position and make further negotiations abs impossible. there are no circumstances i a
which i wi brussels to delay. we are leaving on the 31st of october, no ifs or buts. l's let our negoators get on with theirork, without the sword of damocles over their necks, and without an election. without an election. i don't want an election. you don't want an election. laura: he might have rushed back in without it coming from his lips, but if mps change the w this week, it is clear the lectern will be out to call an election within days. did the prime minister just announce a general election thout announcing a gener election? well, he is not ready to spell it out plainly, but it is clear m day from senior sources in downing street. if rebel mps defeat number 10 this week, they are ready to call a rapid eleion ober 14. while demonstrators were at the e defront, tory mps re out the back. th0 schmoozed in the number garden. ignore the charm and threats,
and they will be blamed if the called. lost in an election unsurprisingly, some brexiteers tonight are right behind the prime minister. >> it is disappointing, the same mps not recognizing the referendum result are not oncognizing that boris joh is now prime minister and he has a huge mandate from our membership. >> helearly does not want a general election. he wants everybody to get behind him as he is negotiating the exit from the european uon. laura: but many of t likely nservative rebels will not be persuaded, even if it means being shut out of their own party. >> my job is to represent my community, and i'm going to stand firm in doing that. th are extremely concerned about the damage of no deal to the economy. and rather than almoacking mps who are representing their constituents' concerns, the better thing to do would be to start addressing those fears properly for a change. >> i want to introduce you to lithat soc who is going into number 10 in a number of weeks, jeremy corbyn.
laura:it whas not just up to the tories. causeis rallying to t of preventing us from leaving without a deal. technically, they could stand in the way of calling an election. but their leader did not sound much he would try to stop an ghone to mr. corbyn: wh the election comes, i'm ready for it, you are we will take the m out there and we will win for the people of this country and bring about that sense of juice and equality. that is what our movement was founded to achieve. thank you very much. laura: although someabor mps and a voice from the party's past warned an election before we leave the eu could simply be a numbmb 10 trick. >> jeremcorbyn has behaved responsibly, and if he continues to put country first, he will benefit the country and himself. he can now play a decisive role in how brexit develops.
but he should see an election before brexit is decided for the elephant trap that it is. laura: at the other end of the spectrum, a qualified offer offo supporthe brexit party. if the tories go for no deal, they won't gobble up votes. >> boris, you cannot win without us. if you do the withdrawal lose.ment, i'm afraid you will if you do the right thing and we support you, you will be a national hero in the history of this nation. laura: downing street might have welcomed its newest resident today, a rescu the prime minister and his partner. but how long he and his owners call this home may soon be aon questihat is answered by us all. jane: laura kuenssberga reporting. let's have a quick look at some of the day's other news. oythe u.s. eo afghanistan is
reported to have shown president dealf ghani a draft pea that the u.s. has negotiated no details have yet emerged, but officials say the president is expected to comment soon. students at schools and universitiesun across hong kong have boycrtted classes in the latest pro-democracy protest. 00organizers say 1people from 200 secondary schools did not turn up for the first day of the new academic year. activist calvid for a two-day strike, which appears to have attracted little support. there were violent clashes involving demonstrators and police over the weekend. the u.s. coast guard says at least four people have died private diving boat caught fire and sank new santa cruz island in california this almorning. ough all five crew members were successfully rescued, of the boat's other passengers remain missing. i'm going from los angeles --
i'm joined from los angeles by the bbc's correspondent. what is theatt? reporter: the search and rescue operation for the missing passengers is continuing. but it is only 12 hours since the alarm was first raisedt t this boat was burning out of control. a fiercea ire in the middle of the night, so hopes are beginning to wane that they will find any more survivors. as happened in theghiddle of the the alert was raised by a mayday call. it was private boats operated by members of the public who managed to find crew members escape from the burning vessel. the search has been going ofor a long time. when we last heardrom the coast guard, they were still determined to scour every corner of the shoreline on santa cruz heisland, helicopters inir looking down on the ocean. far they have not found any more survivors. obviously it is a search
and rescue operation, but what will it be investigation inevitably be focusing on here? peter: the investigation wl focus on potential mechanical problems, technical problems with about, and five members of crew have survived. some with injuries, but i understand that serious injuries. investigators will want to talk to the crewo membersk them what was happening in the moments before this fired. erup we understand they were on board, the people who were sleeping were underneath the deck and cabins. the group will have been aware of any potential mechacal problems, and those of the details that investigators wil want to run into. jane: very briefly, how popular are these diving trips? are people shocked th this sort o thing could have happened? peter: they are populala certainly, and yes, people are very shocked that tht happened.
if you look atocial media, ever lots of people tweeting about the fact tvet they, too, een on this vessel over the is for similar diving trips. itas due to last for three days, and many people have expericed that. th thoughts of many are going out to those who were invoed in this tr. jane: peter bowes, thank you very much for joining us from los angeles. you are watching "bbc wod news america." still to come on tonight'htsto progm, after a three-decade ban, japan's fishermen are once again hunting whales. but there is debate over whether it is a tradition to protect or an outdated pracce. jane: we all know that come rain, hail, o shine, the postie always delivers, but this take that to a new level. a british designers designed a
--one to sea, resuming first commercial whale hunt held by the company in over 30 years. in june, tokyo officially withdrew frothe international whaling commission and said the fleet could catch 227 minke whaleshis season. but there is a growing number of people who say that hunting whales is outdated, and there are other ways to make money otfrom the animain. rupertield-hayes reports. rupert: as the trawlers head into the port, they are mobbed by huge flocks of gulls. but one little ship acts no birds.s. it seems the gulls don't likeel the sml of dead whale. th ship left port at dawn. it did not te long for the hunters to find thonquarry. it i about sours since the little whaling fleet left here. we understand on board these boats are twoinke whale that were harpooned off the coast
this morning. the minke whales are quickly loaded onto waiting lorries and then covered up. it is almost as if the hunters are embarrassed by what they caught. but ose involved in the hunt barrassed about.othing to be >> we have aidand we regard it asatural resources, like fish. something like that. rupert: it is now late nkeunnoon, and two more whale are beinaded. it has been a good first day for the litt whaling fleet. this year japan's whalers are allowed to catch jusus227 animals, and most of the peoplen who line up are from an aging minority. even the most ardent whaling supporrs say that japan's whaling industry is not king money. >> no, definitely not. how they can make money from7?
sooner or later, maybe in five esars or 10 years my best would be no more whali. rupert: but there are other ways to make money from whales. 1000 kilometers south of tokyo live these remote islands. this is where the humpbacks come to give birth. this is where whale-watching in japan began. this is naomi. she will put this down into the water and we will see if we can hear the whales calling. oh, wow. calling to each otf the whales they are a little far away. but what an amazing sound.
for the yamoto family, this has been a life-changing experience. >> when i saw the whales today, i thought they are so beautiful. it is hard for me to think about catching and eating them. rupert: r to the north, japan's whaling fleet is setting sail. but here the whales are safe and the tourists can marvel at the graceful giants from deep. rupert wingfield-hayes, bbc news, japan. jane: throughout history, art has responded to contentious issues, and that is certainlyhe the case forew exhibition at the phillips collection in washington. around the world, uses on from the experience of migrants and the current global rugee crisis. they walked wa through "the
th of otherth suns." e >> "rmthf other suns" is an exhibition looking at global stories of migration and displacement. within the show you are going to encounter works from the last s century, andome of the early works that come to mind for me are these photographs from ellis island. he is really making an effort to do portraiture in a aditiona nse. it really gives dignity to these people. and within the show you do find a lot of examples of portraiture, wheheer it ishe portrait of the arti as a young child with his mother, or more contemporary works. which is a group pt, so iting is all women from immigrant nds engaging in politics. a lot of the works in this room are speaking tthe great
migration, to the exodus of millions of black americans from the american south and also to other forced migrations within the united stas including the ail of tears t that is the migration addressed in this painting. "wonderland," which is a video piece, shows a little syrian bo1 whe years old and deaf. what is heartbreaking t you see what this little boy has suffered. this is communicated without language we don't need any translation. it is all this visual language and gesturing. i think it is one of the mos difficult works in the show, but also one of the most powerful. this is a show that really - it invites viewers to think about the ethicsf hospitalit
owit is hard to leave the without having some kind of reflection on that. the etcs of hospitality isth somethinthat i think would be wonderful for the current administration to give some thought to, however unlikely that might be. if this show can inspire visitors to give more thought to that, to think about other ways or advocate for better treatment of immigrants at the borders, for changes toeretention ce just for a better approach to how we address immigration in this country, and i think g thang to be a valuable contribution. thanks for watching "bbc world announcer: funding for this prese mation e possible by... the freeman foundation; by judy and peter blum-kovlebyfoundation,
captioning sponsored by lnewshour productioc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: the coming storm. hurricane dorian lays siege to the bahamas as it continues its journey closer to the u.s. mainland. then, former secretary of fense james mattis, on leadership, the role of the military and his work in the trump administration. >> george washington, the father of our country, i think put it very well. how you have to listen, learn, help, and then lead. that was his approach and it's one that's served me well.f: >> woodrlus, parliament, the prime minister, and the protests in the reet. outrage in the united kingm as no-deal brexit looms.