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President Trump arrives in Texas to witness
We want to be looked at in ten years from now as this is the way to do
it. A new flood warning to tens
of thousands of people in Houston - I live in taxes, whether flooding
has been devastated. The president is here being briefed on the relief
efforts. Anger as North Korea
launches its latest missile, China says US and South Korean
military exercises are For two decades it's given us
the best views of Saturn. But now the Cassini mission
is about to go out with a bang. Hello, and welcome
to World News Today. President Donald Trump has
arrived in Texas to assess the damage caused by Storm Harvey,
as floodwaters across In Houston, more than thirty
thousand people have been forced from their homes due
to the tropical storm, which has set a new record
for rainfall in the state. The rain has been falling
since last Friday. Some places have seen more
than a meter of rain. The greatest danger may be yet
to come, with floodwaters rising in several rivers
which are expected to flood. A major dam to the west
of Houston has begun overflowing as Harvey pushes
the reservoir past capacity. Engineers have tried
to prevent nearby communities from being inundated
by releasing some of the water Around 160 kilometers west
of Houston is the small community of La Grange,
that's where we can take you live to our North America
correspondent Laura Trevelyan, Welcome to La Grange in Texas. This
is a small community that is reeling from the devastating impact on the
Hurricane Harvey. It is a microcosm of communities across Texas. More
than 300 homes were evacuated as a Colorado River brokers back. Homes
are being absolutely devastated. Liz says President Trump comes here to
the Lone Star State. He landed in the last couple of hours, and right
now and he has been proved in this situation. -- briefed on the
situation. He is here to see for himself and as difficult questions
about whether the kind of relief is being provided as my people need.
Here is what the president had to stay shortly after landing. We want
to be looked at in five years and ten years from now as this is the
way to do it. Nobody has ever seen anything like this, and I'd just
want to say that working with the governor and his entire team has
been an honour for us. So, governor, thank you very much, we want sick
and gradually since we don't want to do that. -- we want to say
congratulations. President Trump is facing has vast natural disaster as
president. He will of course be haunted by that of President George
W Bush. It is a child anniversary of 911. President Trump is clearly
determined to avoid their flat-footed response to that
disaster. Houston has seen torrential rainfall and the impact
of Harvey leading to extraordinary levels of awareness flooding. 9000
people had to spend the night last night in a convention centre, and
now the mayoral office and is expecting another 10,000 victims of
the flood. My colleague James Kate has all the latest.
The boats have come from all over the United States,
Police, soldiers and civilians all working together.
We're trying to get to a safe and dry place.
From above, they can see the problem,
A reservoir a few blocks away is overflowing.
It was built 80 years ago to protect the
young city of Houston, but no-one then imagined this.
The level of the reservoir is still rising, so
flooding is going to continue along the structures and the homes that
are against the western edge of the pool.
Streets will be flooding and will continue to flood.
For the people being rescued here, this is
clearly a nightmare, but it could yet get worse.
These floodwaters will eventually make their way downstream
to Houston, which is already struggling to cope.
This shelter ran out of beds last night.
More than 7000 people are here, tens of
thousands more are looking for a haven.
Little by little, the human cost is becoming clear.
We now know that four children and their
great-grandparents are among the dead, drowning in their car.
For Houston and for the US, this is a
The millions of people live around the rivers and swamps
At Harvey makes landfall again, it's a question for another day.
The storm no longer packs the power of a
hurricane but remains dangerous and is heading east.
Lying in wait is Louisiana, crippled by hurricane
Back in Texas, those rescues roll on and on as
There are a lot of people who need help, and I'm thankful for these
I've never been through anything like this.
And no wonder - 49 inches of rain has fallen.
This is now officially a record-breaking disaster.
On the line is Jeff Linder he's the Hydraulic operations
Manager with the Harris County Flood Control District.
Thank you for joining us. Can you let is not what the latest age as
but those reservoirs? They continued to rise as water continues to move
down. We do have releases going on right now by the army engineers.
However on the northern side of addicts, we have a small amount of
water going over this ballet, and that is expected to increase over
the next 24 246 hours, and that will additional subdivisions along the
side of the Addicks Reservoir. And side the reservoir, there are
thousands of homes now flooding, some of them up to five feet deep of
water. And on the north-east part of our county, we have water that is up
to the rooftops or higher in some homes. Is that something you have
ever seen before, one of the reservoir is fighting? Or is it a
function of the trillions of gallons of water that have fallen on Texas?
It is absolutely a function of the rainfall. We have never seen these
reservoirs at this level. We have never been to this level since the
1940s. Their previous record was actually said last year. We
surpassed that by six feet already, and it is now rising. We have never
engaged these belly before, so this is something that has never
happened. We are in uncharted territory right now. We are not even
sure how all the systems are going to behave as it the water continues
to flow. The resulting damage is simply staggering. We know that
Houston has more rainfall forecast. That the tropical storm is going to
combat this city again. Presumably that just makes your job even more
difficult. The centre of Hurricane Harvey is located just off of
Galveston this morning. It is over the gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Harvey
is beginning to move back to the north-east, and make by far just to
the north-east. Heavy rain forced us to -- we have recorded almost 50
inches of rain and alas four days, and we have some experts looking at
right now, what kind of record that is. We think it maybe a US rainfall
record. Thank you so much for taking the time away from your very
difficult and important work to update us at BBC News about the
situation there with those reservoirs. Thank you very much. He
just said that that one area in his jurisdiction has received almost 50
entries of rain, which they think is the US record, so the flooding that
happens here and La Grange taxes, whether Colorado River also rose to
as direct high of 55 feet, if ever that is nominally as five feet, once
again if function of this extraordinary rainfall. We are not
on the coast. People here were not expecting flooding, but what the
flooding has done is that they work for mobile homes just a little bit
away from where I was talking to you now. They got picked up by that
flooding is it what went down the main streets. The bangs into one
another, destroying people's homes, their belongings. One of those
people who lost a home was that women who I talk to a little area. I
began by asking Hunt what happened. It is devastating. I have not had a
chance to take anything out, I was not able to go in there. There was
close, and then you just go back this morning, and you can see the 80
over at house is. It is still standing, but as far as water
damage, pretty much everything is rain. The think there is any
possibility you could live there again? Definitely. This is where I
grew up, and there is no doubt that we will be starting all over and we
will get another house right there. There is no way. This is our little
place. Did you have any idea that this was going to happen? Did you
feel you got enough warning that the flooding was on its way? No. We all
know each other. Half of these people didn't think it would be this
bad, so most of them just got some close just for the night so they
could come back, but we never thought it would be a rabbi that
would take most of these homes out. It is hard. -- a river that would
take. Like so many thousands of victims of this tropical storm
across the of Texas, she is trying to put her life back together back
at the moment. President Trump is here in Texas. He has promised a
full response to this disaster. Meanwhile, the tropical storm is out
there lingering in the Gulf of Mexico, heading east to Louisiana.
Back to you in this video. As you can see, the bottle has
receded, but this stance is far from over. Let's move to another story.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his country is facing
an unprecedented threat after North Korea fired
The missile was fired eastward from Pyongyang at six
It potentially has the power to carry a nuclear warhead, and it
fell into the North Pacific Ocean 700 miles off the Japanese coast.
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from Tokyo.
This is how people in northern Japan were awoken at just
A missile is passing, the announcer says,
At City Hall, there are frantic phone calls.
A North Korean missile has just flown overhead.
My phone was by my bed, says this woman.
Suddenly it started ringing with alerts.
We have nowhere to escape to, says this man.
The missile that flew over Japan is thought to be one of these.
It was first seen at this huge parade in Pyongyang in April.
A month later, North Korea shocked the world by successfully firing
Today, it has gone much further, forcing a grim-faced
Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, to address the nation.
TRANSLATION: This missile flown over Japan is an outrageous act,
and a critical threat that we have not seen before.
They will be many who say this North Korean missile launch
is all about politics, that it is North Korean
brinkmanship, and they are probably right.
But it's not much consolation if you live here underneath it.
This was an extremely aggressive act by Pyongyang,
and it sends a very disturbing message to people here in Japan.
He can now hit Tokyo with nuclear weapons, he can hit Okinawa
You know, if you don't want to keep this game of escalation,
we might want to sit down and start talking to each other.
But right now, talking is the last thing on anyone's mind here.
Today, South Korea sent F-15 fighter jets to bomb targets just south
American heavy bombers could follow next.
Each side now feels compelled to flex its military might,
and so the spiral of tension is wound up yet again.
The owner of the Rana Plaza garment
factory in Bangladesh, which collapsed killing more
than eleven hundred people in 2013, has been jailed for three
Sohel Rana faces further charges, including murder.
If he's found guilty, he could face the death penalty.
Concern is growing over the fate of a nine-year-old girl
who disappeared at a wedding in eastern France.
The girl, Maylis de Araowjo, was last seen
Extensive searches of the area around the wedding hall
using a helicopter and police dogs have so far failed to find
A kidnapping investigation has opened and police have issued
Heavy rain has brought India's financial capital Mumbai
to a virtual standstill, flooding streets and
Dozens of flights and local train services were cancelled as rains
lashed the coastal city of nearly 20 million people.
British actor Ed Skrein has pulled out of a Hollywood movie role
after he was cast as a character of Asian heritage,
The initial casting of the Deadpool star prompted accusations
Mr Skrein said he wasn't aware of the character's mixed-Asian
heritage when he accepted the role in the comic book
a professor of Sociology at Biola University in California.
Thank you for joining us. I just want to get your thoughts about how
significant you think this pool out by Mr Skrein is, given the
controversy do we had some years ago. Haven't begun beyond this?
Apparently we haven't, because whitewashing is still endemic in
industry. I think it is really significant that Mr Skrein, who is
not as well-known as an actor as some others, has courageously gone
about declining this role after finding out that it should be cast
as a Japanese American actor. Indeed. Many people saying it could
be likened to career suicide at this stage, but obviously he has had lots
of support already. What is your take on this? How do you think that
we got to this point that there aren't the right act has been cast
in the Rye", there has been a lot of excuses, like there aren't actors
with the financial bill are the right colour. But Mr Skrein is not
that well known, and a has-been actors who don't necessarily carry
star power and Thames are being cast in these characters of colour, and I
think that is why it is so significant that he has taken this
step towards remedying this. Thinking about that recent movie
with Matt Damon, The Great While, where he plays a role by an actor of
easy heritage, that is a huge example of what we are talking
about. As countries like China get into the movie business even more,
and we naturally going to see odd pieces from these parts of the
world? I think the ACE is that Hollywood style isn't there yet.
They are really risk averse, so they want to cast what has worked before,
and I think that they are hesitant to cast an Asian American actor in
starring roles, but it is part of the problem is that they are not
recognising the demographic changes, and that people are growing up in
more diverse worlds, and so they want to see people on screen that I
like themselves are like their friends, and Hollywood is Jess not
dead yet in terms of film. In television, it is a little bit
better. Thank you very much forgiving us your thoughts. It will
be entered arresting to see who they cast in natural for Hellboy. This
gets more the situation in North Korea.
We are going to talk about what else is left to do in North Korea. No
country should have mass is flying over them like those 130 million
people in Japan. It is unacceptable. They have violated every single US
security issue that we have had. Let's get the latest from Barbara
who is at Washington monitoring the events that are happening in the UN.
When a provocation like this happens, the attention of the world
just to the UN to see what the response is going to be. We have had
plenty of these responses before, but nothing has really carved North
Korea's actions. At the UN out of options when it comes in North
Korea's it Kevin De Bruyne sadly, because they recently passed quite
tough sanctions Elia in the month. -- it kind of looks that way. They
slashed many experts, which could cost the country up to $1 billion.
The response was more defiance, not less defined. If the UN wants to
make a difference, it has two apply eight fill an economic embargo. I
think the Chinese are just not ready for that. They have surely a
willingness to put the squeeze on North Korea, but they do not want to
rebel village in to the extent that there might be if all of the regime.
Absent that, there might be an attempt that another round of
sanctions, particularly cutting of hard currency to North Korea. That
is a strategy at the moment, being led by the US. They are doing it
through the United Nations but also separately with them on at
sanctions, so we might see more of that. You detonate in China there.
They are the gatekeeper when it comes to North Korea, and terms of
economic sanctions and diplomatic channels. Yes, that is true. It is
the only major ally that North Korea has, although it has to be said it
is a very difficult relationship, the leader has really floated all of
China's concerns and has an even vetted the country since he took
office. Certainly, the Chinese feel they will support the sanctions and
negotiations alongside, even now, with this latest test, they have
said we are reaching a critical juncture, but perhaps this will open
the door to negotiations. That is something that seems not likely to
happen, at least in the short-term, because the Americans, the secretary
of state, although he has said the US is open to talks with North
Korea, they have to be done on the basis that North Korea will be
willing to give up its nuclear weapons, and more and more experts
and observers are saying that it doesn't like it is going to happen.
The only realistic option might be to have talks based on a freeze of
these weapons, and that is something the US is not ready to do so far.
For the moment, thank you very much. The countdown has
started for the end The spacecraft - which has spent
two decades in space - has performed its lowest orbit
before it's destroyed Scientists say they're hoping this
final phase of close-up exploration will solve
some long-standing mysteries. Our science correspondent
Rebecca Morelle has more. Instantly recognisable,
Saturn and its spectacular rings. The Cassini spacecraft's revealed
this planet in incredible detail and these are some of its latest
close-up images, from its hexagonal North Pole to its ring
system and even an aurora. But this mission's very
nearly at its end. Cassini's been in
space for 20 years. It's set down a probe,
spotted plumes on one of Saturn's moons and discovered colossal
storms, but now it's It's final days, though,
will be crucial. We've learnt so much,
but in that process we've also One of the things that we still
don't understand about Saturn Over the last few months,
Cassini's been exploring a region where no spacecraft's been before,
swooping between Saturn and its rings and, in its final
days, it will get closer still, giving us our best ever
view of the planet, revealing its atmosphere
and what lies beneath its thick clouds, but these last dives
could also show us what's hidden within its rings,
including a mysterious We noticed this smudge
right at the edge... The blurry speck was spotted
by Carl Murray in 2013 on his mother-in-law Peggy's
birthday ,and the name stuck. The ball of dust, more than a mile
wide, is either a moon being born or one in its death throes,
and this is his last We need to understand
what object Peggy really is. We've only got, literally,
now a matter of days. Our last look at Peggy will be
on September 14th abd I can't wait Our last look at Peggy will be
on September 14th and I can't wait Time's running out, but this
spacecraft will go out with a bang. Its last manoeuvre will be a death
dive into Saturn's atmosphere, bringing this blockbuster mission
to a close. Don't forget you can get
in touch with me and some of the team on Twitter -
I'm Tom Donkin BBC. Well, for most of us today it's been
certainly a lot fresher