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Dramatic rescues in Texas and Louisiana as Tropical
of chaos and devastation reaches neighbouring Louisiana.
Approximately 15 inches of rain have already fallen in the area, and
there is more to come. As North Korea outrages
the world by launching a missile over Japan,
Donald Trump warns the time Angela Merkel fights
for re-election in Germany - but will she be hit by a backlash
over the hundreds of thousands of And Britain's Princes William
and Harry remember their mother on the eve of the 20th
anniversary of Hello and welcome
to World News Today. Tropical Storm Harvey has hit
land again in the US state of Louisiana,
after causing devastation At least 20 people have died
in flooding over the last few days, and 30,000 people are
in emergency shelters. America's fourth-largest
city, Houston, has borne the brunt of the rainfall,
with large parts of After hovering over Houston
for days, the storm moved out into the Gulf of Mexico,
before hitting the town of Cameron, in south-western Louisiana,
on Wednesday morning. Harvey is now predicted
to weaken as it moves inland. from our correspondent
Laura Trevelyan, who's in Houston. Welcome to Houston, where you can
see behind me the absolute chaos that the catastrophic flooding have
caused in the aftermath of hurricane Hardy. As you can see, people have
had to abandon their homes, they have had to abandon their cars.
These are extraordinary scenes. And just this morning, I have witnessed
dramatic rescues. People have come from all over taxes and even out of
Texas with their boats, just to try and do whatever they can in the face
of this extraordinary situation. Now, the flooding behind me has been
worsened by the fact that we are in Houston, where two reservoirs on the
outskirts are full to capacity and they have been over spelling and so
the authorities have had to do time to releases of water from the dam to
stop something even worse from happening and that has increased the
flooding behind me, if you can believe it. My colleague James Cook
has this report on the overall situation.
Still dazed, but at least they're dry.
The people of Houston awoke after a night under
Rodman Young is now homeless in his own city after his house
was flooded when two reservoirs spilled over.
It is sad and you feel a little bit hopeless.
Because you're losing all your stuff.
And they only gave us from the point we woke up,
a couple of hours sleep, and we were fighting
The federal government says nearly 200,000 people here have
For days now, these helicopter crews have been putting their lives
on the line, performing daring and dangerous rescues.
These grainy images capture the narrowest of escapes.
Last night, a woman was swept away holding her young daughter.
The mother died, her child, still clinging on, survived.
Heartbreak for Houston which faces other troubles as well.
The fourth largest city in the United States
was under curfew last night amid reports of looting.
There are too many people from across our city,
too many residents that are out of their homes.
And I do not want them to have to worry about someone breaking
into their home or looting or doing anything of that nature
All of this has paralysed this American energy hub with oil
production in many places coming to a halt.
It will take weeks if not months to fully recover.
Refineries including this one have been shut down because staff cannot
That is not just bad news for the big oil firms, but also
for the many thousands of businesses here in Texas which
And also for the American economy as a whole.
Of course, nothing matters more than saving lives and that has now
This baby is just one of 30,000 people forced from their homes.
With the storm heading east, Louisiana is next.
Well, behind me, people have been rescuing their belongings all
morning, and the National Guard deployment in this state of Texas
has been increased to 14,000. Now, just a little bit earlier, Governor
Greg Abbott, the governor of the state of Texas give this update on
the situation here. The rain that was received in the
greater Harris County area has set Now that rain has moved
to the Beaumont region in Approximately 15 inches
of rain have already fallen in the area, and
there's more to come. The worst is not yet over for
South East Texas as far as the rain There will be ongoing challenges
both during the time that rain continues to fall
as well as for approximately Let me mention specifically flooding
conditions that will continue to be a challenge
for people in the area. Now, all Davis flooded road behind
me has resembled nothing more than a marina. There is yet another boat
trailer being brought in behind me because what is happening is people
are coming with their belt, some of them are National Guard boats, some
of them are Texas police boats, but so many of them are just volunteer
boats and people have been rescued here. I spoke to one month in the
last hour who had been rescued, Jill Strong, anti-doping story. The water
had gotten to the point where it was about two feet into the house and it
was four or five feet deep on the road. It looked like a river and
there was no way to cross it. Yesterday, it was still low enough
that you could walk across, but not today. You needed a boat. That was
the only safe way to go. Fortunately, some guys can buy this
morning and we flagged them down and give them a phone number and then
texted them and said we were ready to come and so they came and picked
us up. It is five days after the hurricane made landfall. Why is your
home flooding now? Is that the torrential rainfall or the
controlled flooding they are doing? It is a little bit of both. There is
a certain amount of run off that keeps adding to the flow, but they
opened the floodgates and started letting more water out, plus we were
informed that somewhat started running over the north side of the
dam and there might be a break in it today that is causing more water, so
it is just getting worse all the time. We kept hoping that it would
received out the rain left up, but it never did. It continued to rise.
That was a survivor comment was rescued from this neighbourhood
where I am talking to you from now, just in the past hour. That was one
of 30,000 people in Houston and the surrounding areas who have been
rescued in the past five days. So just extraordinary scenes here, and
even though the storm has passed by, it is now moving inland in
Louisiana. The National Weather Service warned today that
catastrophic and life-threatening flooding will continue in Houston
for the rest of this week. So that is the situation here now. Back to
you in London. And every national disaster at some point becomes
political. Has that point been reached? Not here in Texas, I
wouldn't say. People who are immediately affected have focused on
picking up their lives, going back into the properties when they can,
when the flood recede. Of course, Texas is a red state, the governor
is a supporter of President Donald Trump. Donald Trump was here
visiting yesterday and he will be back at the weekend and he may go to
Louisiana as well. People I spoke about the President's visit said
they want the Government to give them all of the assistance that it
possibly. There are hard questions that have been asked about whether
or not there should have been an evacuation of Houston, but the
greater Houston area, more than 6 million people live there, and where
would they have gone exactly? As it is, over 30,000 rescues have been
carried out. Undoubtedly and tragically the death toll will rise
as the flood water recedes and people who were trapped in their
homes and could not escape our sound. But I would say, speaking to
you from here in Texas, no, it does not feel at this point as though it
has become politicised, the rescue effort. Laura, thank you very much
for all of your updates. We appreciated.
Pastor Omar Garcia are coordinating water rescues
near Katy, Texas and he joins us now to tell us more.
Thank you very much for your time. Give us an idea of the kind of work
you have been doing. Well, we are doing a number of things. As you
mention, we have participated in some water rescues. We have over
5200 homes that are to some degree under water right now and the only
way for people to get out is by boat. We have also taken in the
homeless to feed them and shelter them. This has been pretty hard on
that population of people here in the community. In addition to that,
we are servicing through partnership with all of the area churches all of
the shelters, we are providing host homes. We have hundreds of people
who stepped up and opened up their homes to invite total strangers to
come in until they are able to get back on their feet. It has just been
an amazing display of kindness here. So tell us more about that. That is
individual families inviting a family they would not have known a
few days ago into their home indefinitely, or how are you
organising it? Well, we have a point of contact for our host homes. It
has been a beautiful thing. I was with a family yesterday. We rescued
them by boat. We got them back to one of the schools that is serving
as a point of contact for connecting evacuees with host homes, and they
connected with the family that they did not know yesterday I received a
text message with a picture of both families around the dinner table,
saying that they had become the best of friends. This is the beautiful
thing that we are seeing happen here in our community. We appreciate you
telling us about it. Thank you very much for your time. There are some
amazing rescue stories from Texas and you can see them on our website,
plus detailed mapping on how far the waters have risen.
It took just hours for North Korea to hit back
after the UN Security Council condemned it for firing
In a statement, the country's leader issued a new warning,
describing yesterday's launch as only a first step in a wider
military operation aimed at the Pacific island of Guam,
In an escalating war of words, President Trump said that the time
Here's Rupert Wingfield Hayes from Tokyo.
These are the first pictures of North Korea's latest and most
As expected, Kim Jong Un was on hand to give his personal guidance.
The North Korean dictator gazes skywards as the missile
And along with the pictures came this statement
The current ballistic rocket drill is the first step of the military
operation in the Pacific and a meaningful preview
North Korea's statement shows the ultimate target of yesterday's
test was not here in Japan, but the US Pacific island of Guam.
And that North Korea intends more such tests.
Last night in New York, the UN Security Council members including
China were unanimous in condemning North Korea.
Today the cracks have already begun to appear.
The US has been talking to North Korea and paying them
extortion money for 25 years, he exclaimed.
Here in Japan, Prime Minister Theresa May said China
We want to work with international partners to see what further
pressure can be brought on North Korea.
And of course, particularly look at what China can do.
In Beijing, China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman had this
TRANSLATION: Some countries dash forward when it comes
But hide away when it comes to asking for peace talks.
This is not the attitude of a responsible nation.
There is growing suspicion that North Korea could not have developed
There is also agreement that it must be stopped.
China wants talks, the US, Britain and Japan, more sanctions.
Meanwhile North Korea is almost certainly
Rupert Wingfield Hayes, BBC News, in Tokyo.
An update on this - and despite President Trump's
statement that talking is not the answer to North Korea,
his Defence Secretary has insisted there is still room for diplomacy.
No, we are never out of diplomatic solutions.
We continue to work together and the Minister and I share a
responsibility to provide for the protection of our nations
and our populations and our interests, which
is what we are here to discuss today.
And look for all the areas where we can collaborate.
We have already had very strong collaboration.
Let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has urged China
to do more to help end North Korea's weapons tests.
While on a three day visit to Japan, May says the UK is also looking
at ways on how it will play its part on putting further
But she's not just there to discuss North Korea,
she's also trying to ease concerns about Brexit and pave the way
The Kremlin has confirmed receiving an email asking
for help in building a Trump Tower in Moscow.
A spokesman for Vladimir Putin says the email was sent
The US President's ties with Russia are already the subject
of investigations by multiple congressional committees
as well as the US Department of Justice.
And doctors in India have completed the first part
of a historic surgery to separate 27 month old conjoined twins.
The procedure to separate brothers Jaga and Baliya took 22 hours.
The operation was complicated as the boys share the vein that
returns blood to the heart from the brain, but doctors say
The International Organisation for Migration
in Bangladesh has told the BBC that more than 18,000
Rohingya Muslims have fled across the border
from Myanmar's Rakhine state in less than a week.
Aid workers giving emergency shelter and food say about a dozen
of the new arrivals have recent bullet wounds.
It's estimated that thousands of people
are still trapped in an unoccupied zone between the two countries.
Meer Sabbir of BBC Bengali reports from the district of Cox's Bazar
The flow of Rohingya started here since last
Friday, but despite the high alert of the border guards in Bangladesh,
thousands of Rohingyas are coming in every day
from the Rakhine estate in
I have seen in the refugee camps in different parts
of Cox's Bazar many Rohingyas are sitting just in front
of the campus, waiting for
their relatives, holding onto their small sacks with all of their
belongings, holding onto their small children.
The vast majority of them women and children, and I have heard
Some of them are very similar - the security forces came to their
villages, shooting at people, searching for young men, and burning
So they just grabbed anything they can and rushed to the
border, and many of them have relatives in the area who came here
Meer Sabbir on the plight of the Rohinyga.
In a month's time, German voters will deliver
their verdict on Angela Merkel and her refugee policy.
If, as polls suggest, Mrs Merkel's conservative party wins
the general election, it will mean a fourth term in office
Our Berlin correspondent Jenny Hill reports from Germany's north coast.
Don't be fooled by the political calm.
Germany has survived a turbulent year.
It's heading in a predictable direction.
The likely winner of next month's election is not as secure
TRANSLATION: I think she abandoned us fishermen,
She only cares about the big industry and what's
She should look after her own country.
This international stateswoman must please the home crowd now.
"She is the perfect Chancellor," he says.
In truth, Mrs Merkel knows she barely survived
perhaps only because there was no one to replace her.
No real challenge from Social Democrat Martin Schultz,
nor from the anti-immigrant party, AfD.
Even so, they're fielding a candidate in her own constituency.
TRANSLATION: We want to send Mrs Merkel back
It's a challenge, we admit that, but things are turning our way.
He hopes to reel in voters like Enis and Silka.
They will not be voting for Angela Merkel.
TRANSLATION: The refugee policy hasn't changed.
She doesn't really address all these terror attacks.
She should speak up for the German people.
TRANSLATION: This party, that party, they're all the same.
Angela Merkel has been in the job for 12 years.
She has survived crisis after crisis, and that's due
Take, for example, Brexit, and Donald Trump's election.
For many German voters, Mrs Merkel now represents security,
stability, in a shifting and uncertain world.
She will need to find coalition partners.
But in reality, one hand alone is likely to steer
I will be joining Jenny in September along with her colleagues as we
bring you full coverage of the German election.
What's yours, could also be ours, these days.
That's the thinking behind the sharing economy that's taking
off in various parts of the world, including China.
John Sudworth has been investigating in Beijing.
The company behind this venture plan to make 20 million
footballs and basketballs available for hire right across
Princes William and Harry have visited a memorial garden
for their mother at her old home at Kensington palace.
Tomorrow will mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's
They met representatives from charities supported by Diana -
as our royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell reports.
The flowers and the tributes are back at the gates
A very small echo of how it was 20 years ago but a reminder of feelings
And this afternoon William and Harry came to view the tributes.
They took their time, they looked, and they read.
And they laughed at some of the photographs showing them as
It was impossible not to be reminded of
how it was 20 years ago when, aged 15 and 12, on their return to
London, they'd come out still numb and bewildered to meet the people
who'd gathered there and to see for themselves the many thousands of
Diana's boys are both in their 30s now.
William's settled and about to begin full-time royal duty.
He was accompanied by Catherine this afternoon to view a memorial garden
And Harry, not quite so settled yet, but not far
And both at this anniversary, one must assume,
reassured by the enduring regard people feel for their mother.
She meant same much to so many people.
That shows by how many people are here today.
William and Harry took some of the flowers
people had brought and placed them at the Palace gates, replaying some
of the moments from two decades ago and acknowledging the desire that
many still have to hold onto Diana's memory.
Today, briefly, they put on their public, princely faces, to
Tomorrow, though, William and Harry will
remain in private, remembering the mother they lost in such tragic
Nicolas Witchell, BBC News, at Kensington Palace.
Don't forget you can get in touch with me and some
Hello. After the contrast of Wednesday, all pretty much in the
same boat going into Thursday. As the pressure