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Texas mobilises more resources to help those affected


by Hurricane Harvey, the biggest storm to hit the US


There is particular concern about Houston and also New Orleans, which


suffered under hurricane country now.


The King of Spain leads thousands of people in a march of defiance.


And we countdown to one of the biggest, and richest


boxing matches ever, as Floyd Mayweather and martial arts


star Connor MacGregor face off ahead of their big fight in Las Vegas.


Hello and welcome to World News Today.


It will take years to recover from Hurricane Harvey.


That's the message from America's head of disaster relief.


Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes,


and though Harvey has now weakened to a Tropical Storm,


there are warnings of deadly floods and storm surges to come.


Rockport town, where it made landfall, is the worst hit.


One person is known to have died there.


So far, the only known fatality from the storm.


Tens of thousands of homes are without power and there


are warnings of flooding in several areas.


Our correspondent James Cook is in the city of Corpus Christi.


This is what a category four hurricane means in reality.


Searching in the wreckage to find out if your


It seems like Dan got out in time but others like Judy stage


No, I stayed in my shaking bed, waiting for the roof to come.


And then later quietened down and there was a tree in my yard


On the shore front of Rockport, in the eye of the storm,


these men who live in their boat are lucky to be alive.


This is a really poor neighbourhood and a lot of people say


they do not know how they will rebuild their lives.


This is what they endured through the night.


130 mph winds which left nearly 250,000 homes


It was the strongest hurricane to strike Texas since 1961.


It is still too early for a comprehensive assessment


of the damage, but it will be costly.


What is your worst-case scenario here?


For a community the size of Victoria.


We have never seen a forecast for that amount of rain, the worst


The storm is inching inland, bringing huge amounts of rain.


The flooding has begun and the information is that it


In the last hour, the Governor of Texas held a news conference -


he said "dramatic" flooding is now his primary concern.


The state and various other agencies remain very active in the search


and rescue process and that will be the foremost task that we undertake


We have focused on working with and supporting evacuees,


especially from around the Corpus Christi area,


We saw James a little earlier - he told me more about


the destruction left in the storms path.


Conditions have improved since last night, when it was really dramatic


and vicious, this storm rolled in. A building came clattering to the


ground. Palm trees have come down and a tree has come down into this


house. But further up the coast, where there is no mobile phones


signal and no ability for people to get in touch with the emergency


services, the damage is more severe, particularly in Rockport where the


eye of the hurricane came ashore. There, quite a lot of houses have


been damaged and some businesses have been damaged as well as have


three homes for elderly people from which people had to be evacuated


last night. For them, a very difficult night. A lot of people


decided to stay put, many saying they had nowhere else to go. What


kind of help was available to them? Resources are beginning to move in.


But when we were in Rockport, it was just beginning to arrive. We have


come directly from there just now. There were Sheriff's officers going


door-to-door and checking whether anybody was in the houses. There was


also some help coming from neighbours and friends. We spoke to


people who were going door to door just checking to see if the people


they knew had survived. Because quite a lot of people rode out the


storm and there are probably two main reasons to that. One woman said


she did not have the money to leave. It is a poor area, Rockport, with


many trailer homes which have been damaged. And the other reason is


that this storm intensified much faster than originally predicted.


Forecasters did not expected to come ashore as a category four hurricane,


the second most powerful category. And we are still expecting further


flooding? I think that could yet be the most significant element of this


hurricane. It is moving slowly across Texas but this fear is that


it will stall, perhaps for several days. It will not remain a


hurricane, but it'll be a serious storm with a lot of rainfall. That


could cause very big rainfall. There is concern about Houston, the


fourth-largest city in the United States which is prone to flooding


and New Orleans, which under Hurricane Katrina and which still


does not seem to be entirely ready for this kind of event.


And don't forget, there's much more on our website.


We've got an animated guide to Hurricanes,


and a piece explaining what storm surges are, and why


Thousands of people are marching through Barcelona to demonstrate


their defiance after the recent attacks that left 15 people dead.


The procession set off behind a banner bearing


the slogan "I'm not afraid" the theme of the march.


Demonstrators were joined by King Felipe, who's the first


Spanish sovereign to take part in a rally since the monarchy


Emergency workers took pride of place.


This main avenue has been changed into a kind of Las Ramblas


You can see the crowd stretching back into the distance that


People are chanting in Catalan, I am not afraid.


Some of the families of the 15 victims are here in the crowd.


It is also about defiance, in the wake of those terror attacks.


But there is political tension here, too.


There are some Spanish flags behind me.


And in the context of Catalonian politics, that is creating some


tension because there is a referendum due to be held


by the autonomous Catalan government in a month and the Spanish


government says that referendum will be illegal.


Yesterday, the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy,


calling for political unity in the wake of the attacks.


The atmosphere isn't upbeat, but it isn't downbeat or sombre, either.


Let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news.


The North Korean leader, Kim Jong un, has overseen


a military exercise simulating an attack on islands


Earlier, Pyongyang tested three more short-range ballistic missiles.


The US said one appeared to have blown up almost immediately,


while the others flew about 250 kilometres.


Border guards in Bangladesh have accused Burmese troops of opening


fire on Rohingya Muslims fleeing the escalating violence


A senior Bangladeshi official told the BBC that he saw


villagers running for cover when the firing started.


It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured.


Here in the UK, a man who attacked police officers close


to Buckingham Palace drove directly at a police


car before reaching for a four-foot sword.


The 26-year-old man from Luton is said to have shouted


"God is great" in Arabic as he launched his assault,


Political colleagues of the former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck


Shinawat have confirmed reports she has flown to Dubai.


Her departure from Thailand came just before a verdict was expected


in a criminal negligence trial, linked to a rice subsidy scheme.


Ms Shinawat could have faced ten years in jail if convicted.


Eight people have died and many are injured after a crash involving two


lorries and a minibus on the M1. A five-year old girl has


life-threatening injuries. The minibus carrying


around a dozen people, many believed to be from the same


family, was travelling Also involved in the accident,


two large trucks. Images suggest the minibus


was crushed between the two huge lorries and broken up


into at least two pieces. It happened in the early hours


on the M1 motorway southbound carriageway between junction 15


for Northampton and junction 14 for Milton Keynes,


and caused huge delays Fresh marks on the road reveal


the desperate attempt The six men and two women


who were killed were all travelling in the minibus, as were four others


who were seriously hurt, All but one have


life-threatening injuries. Both lorry drivers have been


arrested on suspicion of causing One is a 53-year-old man


from Stoke-on-Trent, and the other is a 31-year-old man


from Worcestershire, who is also being held


on suspicion of drink-driving. Police say some of the victims may


not have been from the UK. Some of those involved


were visiting the UK from India. We're working to keep


the families abroad informed. The scene facing officers


who attended was complex and the recovery operation


was particularly challenging. Tragically, eight people


have lost their lives. It's our duty to


establish what happened. The M1 motorway, one of Britain's


busiest sections of road, was closed here for ten hours


on a bank holiday weekend that was always going to see high


levels of traffic with people visiting friends or family


or major events like the Notting Hill Carnival


or the British MotoGP at nearby Both lorry drivers


remain in custody. It is not known if the driver


of the minibus is among the dead. Exactly what caused this devastating


crash remains under investigation. In the Philippines, hundreds


of people have been to the funeral of a teenager who died


after being arrested Officials say Kian de los Santos


was involved in the drugs trade, But video evidence seems to show him


being dragged away by plain clothes police officers -


and his supporters are Our Philippines correspondent


Howard Johnson reports. Raw emotions on display at


the funeral of Kian de los Santos. Around 1,000 people packed the small


church in the north of Manila close to where the high school


student grew up. Hundreds of others lined the streets


on the approach to the church, some holding placards denouncing


the President's war on drugs. 17-year-old Kian was killed


in a police raid last week during an upsurge


in anti-drug operations. The official police report


at the time of the killing said Delos Santos resisted arrest


with a gun. But this was later contradicted by


CCTV footage and eyewitness reports. A Senate committee hearing


into the killing last Thursday heard how the police force responsible


for the operation only confirmed the boy's alleged drug


ties after his death The parents of Kian Loyd delos


Santos have filed murder Three other official


enquiries into the killing Stay with us on BBC World News.


Still to come, all the sport for you as Las Vegas prepares for one of the


biggest boxing bouts ever. This is BBC World News. The top


stories. American authorities are warning of the possible continued


impact of the Hurricane Harvey. Spain's King Felipe has led


thousands of people on a march of defiance in Barcelona in the face of


attacks by militant Islamist. After victory in Mosul,


Iraqi forces have been trying to re-take the city of Tal Afar,


one of Islamic State's last And it seems that victory


could be in sight. Tal Afar is in the North of Iraq,


near the Syrian border. Elite forces are believed to have


raised the Iraqi flag After six days of fierce battle


in the IS holdout of Tal Afar, the Iraqi army has raised its flag


from the top of the citadel. Commanders here say they have


cleared 70% of the city from militants, forcing


them to leave behind weapons and evidence of how


they tried to escape. The resistance of snipers,


there also be the chance, mortars. -- there are also booby-trapped


cars, mortars. Tal Afar lies in a strategic


position, sitting on a supply route from the former IS stronghold


of Mosul to Syria. US and Iraqi military say


as many as 2000 militants The Iraqi army is fighting


neighbourhood by neighbourhood to clear the final pockets


of resistance. Reminders of the terror the group


left behind in graffiti, but troops tear down


the symbols where they can. The offensive here follows weeks


of coalition air strikes, while visiting soldiers in the area,


the Iraqi Defence Ministry The enemy is no longer able


to face up to our troops. God willing, the liberation


of Tal Afar shall be announced soon. Between 10,000 and 20,000 civilians


are still thought to be in Tal Afar. Even if this battle is swift,


it won't be the last. There are still more cities


near the Syrian border Much of northern India


is still on high alert after widespread violence which left


at least 30 people dead It was sparked by the conviction


on rape charges of a popular guru or holy man, Gurmeet


Ram Rahim Singh. Thousands of his supporters went


on the rampage after the verdict. Justin Rowlatt has more from Sirsa,


near the guru's headquarters. This is effectively the front line.


What you see out here is a convoy of Indian Army soldiers. They are


ensuring the security of the spiritual headquarters of the guru,


which is two kilometres away from where we are standing. It is a vast


complex, 800 acres or more. I was baking trade journalist who spent


time in there yesterday. He described a palace as the


headquarters of the guru. He said there is a hotel, a resort, a huge


auditorium, where the guru's followers could gather to year him


speak. He said there are thousands of people inside there. -- to hear


him speak. The RA reckoned that there are 40,000 followers in there.


-- the Indian Army reckon. They have sticks and other weapons. There are


other layers of security to protect the central core of the compound.


They are so well organised, the user 's virtual currency, this token as a


means of exchange inside the compound. What we have at the moment


is the Army that you see here containing the people within the


compound. They want to stop them getting out and causing the kind of


trouble we saw yesterday. Obviously, there is a lot of tension. The guru


will be sentenced on Monday and they don't want any more violence. They


want to know where his supporters are and make sure they are not


causing any trouble. That is why you see a great show of strength of the


Indian Army here in this town in northern India.


Let's bring you up-to-date with all the sport. We are just hours away


from the multi-million fight between Floyd -- Floyd Mayweather and Colin


McGregor taking place in the early hours of tomorrow morning.


Here Las Vegas, the hours and minutes counting down to one of the


richest fights in boxing history. Conor McGregor set to earn $70


million and Floyd Mayweather set to earn over $100 million. The build-up


has been going on and some criticise it as a circus because of Conor


McGregor's lack of boxing experience. That has not stopped


bets going in on him. And all to make here has said the big money has


gone on Floyd Mayweather, ?1.3 million has been bets on the


American. If McGregor wins, will it be the biggest upset in sports


history? We will find out. Now to the English Premier League


where Manchester United have managed to keep a 100% start


to their season. That's after a 2-0 win over


Leicester at Old Trafford. Goals from Marcus Rashford


and Marouane Fellaini kept the run I'm very happy. Our performance was


very solid and the fact that we lost a penalty at 0-0 and we kept playing


at the same level of quality makes me even happier because it is a good


feeling. The team was solid emotionally.


It was a bittersweet day for Manchester City's Raheem Sterling.


He grabbed his sides 97th minute winner in their 2-1 win


at Bournemouth, but was then shown a second yellow card


He'll now miss City's next match against his former club Liverpool.


Manager Pep Guardiola was far from happy after the game.


We play 15 minutes plus 90 minutes. Today sent off the next game against


Liverpool. He will not be able to play and I don't understand why so


hopefully they can call me explain. After winning, I can say that. I


cannot understand the second yellow card.


In the day's other Premier League matches Crystal Palace


are still without a win this season - they were beaten 2-0


It was goalless between Huddersfield and Southampton.


Newcastle secured their first win of the season over West Ham -


Miguel Britos was sent off for a terrible tackle


in the goalless draw between Watford and Brighton.


World number two Andy Murray has pulled out of the US Open.


He'd been struggling with a hip injury since losing his Wimbledon


semifinal match to American Sam Querrey.


We understand Murray travelled to New York last weekend


and after a week of practice he decided he wasn't fit enough


He went on to say his hip is too sore to win the tournament


and ultimately that's what he aimed to do.


No decision has been made about the rest of his year yet.


Lewis Hamilton secured the 68th pole position of his career


for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix, equalling


The British driver will be lining up his Mercedes,


in his two hundredth Grand Prix in Spa on Sunday.


World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel is also


on the front row of the grid having posted the second fastest time.


Vettel has also just re-signed with Ferrari,


Finnish pair Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen were third


West Indies are in control of the second Test after an impressive


Centuries for Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope ensured


that the Windies reached 329 for 5 at the close of play


The pair put on 246 for the fourth wicket until Stuart Broad bowled


Brathwaite late in the day as England toiled.


Just a quick update from the Women's Rugby World Cup final.


Between England and New Zealand. New Zealand are at the brink of being


crowned champions. The lead England 41 to 25 with ten minutes to go.


Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm Fitow but should


-- officials are warning that there will be flooding as the storm moves


inland. One person has died in a house fire in Rockport. The storm


made landfall on the Texan coastline as a category four hurricane, the


biggest is strike the US mainland in 30 years. Texas Governor Greg Abbott


told a news conference that there had been 20 inches of rain in Corpus


Christi and 16 inches in Huston, another 20 to 30 was inspected on


top of that. Stay with us for all the latest.


They weather is set fair for us for part two of the weekend. Not clear


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