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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