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This is BBC World News Today. I'm Alpa Patel - Our top stories:


Flooding across South Asia is affecting more


Our correspondent has been to Bihar, one of the worst-hit


The water was above his head and came washing through here. You can


see that it is absolutely terrible, the mud left behind.


President Trump has made another visit the Houston Texans to talk to


some of the flood victims. The UN says nearly 60,000


Rohingya Muslims have fled into Bangladesh from Myanmar


in the past week - bringing So many people were killed. They set


fire to everything. I just ran. They were shooting at us. I got hit.


There were some people whose throat was slashed with knives.


A master class in the wet - as Lewis Hamilton becomes the record


Hello and welcome to World News Today.


Aid agencies say around 45 million people across South Asia are now


affected by catastrophic flooding. More than 1400 people


are known to have died is warning that the floodwaters


are becoming a breeding ground for deadly diseases -


including malaria. The aid agency says many remote


communities are completely cut off - are now sleeping on roadsides


and in makeshift shelters in India, The BBC's Justin Rowlatt,


sent this report from Bihar Where we're going can


only be reached by boat. The only dry place for miles around


is on top of this great embankment, but the embankment that now protects


the villagers is the reason the floods had such


a catastrophic impact. The torrential rains transformed


the normally placid river, So what happened, the embankment


holding back the river breached and the water came crashing in here,


sweeping away half the village, devastating their homes,


devastating their lives. TRANSLATION: It felt


like we were hit by an ocean of water, I just ran for my life,


taking my children with me. This man showed me what the floods


had done to his home. So, he said the whole place


was flooded with water. The water was above his head


and came washing through here. You can see, it's just left


absolutely terrible mud behind. So, he says for three


days they had no food at all and then some people


came, bringing food. He said there wasn't enough room


to stay on the embankment so he had to bring his family down here,


including his three-year-old child. It is Eid today, one


of the great festivals of Islam. Like most of the village,


this family is Muslim. For the first time since


the catastrophe they are having meat, but there was little


appetite for celebration. Tens of thousands of communities


across South Asia have similar stories of horror


and destruction to tell. The only good news here, is that


everyone in this village survived. Well Justin Forsyth is from Unicef -


he outlined the challenges Well, we have over 45 million people


affected by these floods, and 16 million children in dire need


of humanitarian aid. The biggest need is to make


sure that the waterborne But we also need to be aware that


many of the people in these areas, in remote areas of India and Nepal,


Bangladesh, our farmers and they've So we have to look at nutritional


needs as well, particularly for very I mean, this part of the world has


monsoons every year. These monsoons are the worst ones


that we have seen for decades It's going to get worse before it


gets better by the end of October. Already, 45 million people


are severely affected. In India, we know the Indian


military has a strong But Nepal, for example,


is still recovering after the earthquake,


in Bangladesh a third I've been out in some of these


remote areas in Bihar Communities are resilient,


but they've been knocked sideways This is about eight times the scale


of Harvey in America. We've seen the terrible shots


and pictures, I live here in the US and it has really moved all of us,


the scale of that. But this is much, much bigger,


with with weaker capabilities. So it is going to take a big effort


to make sure we meet the basic needs of millions andmillions of children


and their families. And on the subject of Harvey -


President Trump and his wife Melania It's their second visit


to Texas in a week. They have been spending the day


speaking to survivors and also meeting some of the emergency


workers helping with the rescue Here's a little of what


the President had to say Really, I think people


appreciate what's been done. It's been done very


efficiently, very well, We are very happy with the way


everything has gone. As tough as this was,


it's been a wonderful thing. I think even for the country to


watch, and for the world to watch. I'm going to be doing


a little help over here. Mr Trump mentioned he was about to


start helping. And here he is serving meals at a shelter. During


his first visit to Texas on Tuesday, this week come he came in for some


criticism when he only met officials. Our correspondent is in


Houston and gave us more details about the President's second visit.


When he came at the beginning of the week he didn't come


to Houston, he went to a different part of Texas, because then


Houston was underwater, in the midst of this great


emergency, he didn't want to disrupt that.


Now that the waters have receded, he is here to visit survivors,


He stopped at an evacuation or relief centre.


He visited parents and children in a play area.


He went to the food line, he handed out some food.


The response, you know, people welcomed him.


The whole tone of this trip, I think, is to show a real kind


of hands-on, personal presidential approach to the suffering that has


been caused from this storm come on the one hand.


-- been caused from this storm, on the one hand.


But also to reinforce the fact, what he has been saying all week


is that the Government will support the victims and will come


He has just come to Houston off the back of having asked Congress


for the first tranche of what is going to be billions


and billions of dollars to deal with the result of the hurricane.


And Barbara, will they be able to free up that money,


given the debt ceiling is an issue here?


Well, yes, the problem with that is that the Government


runs out of the ability to borrow money at the end of September,


That has to be raised, and that is often quite


If it's not raised, even the money that is allocated


Alongside the request to Congress for the money,


the nearly $8 billion, the White House did say we want


that debt ceiling raised and we want this bill,


this legislation passed as quickly as possible.


Don't link them together in any sort of political battle.


There is quite a responsive attitude in Congress in terms of allocating


this initial amount of money at the very least.


I think we will see a vote on that next week.


We can stay in Houston. There you can see President Trump. He is just


about to board Air Force One. He'll be travelling from Houston to


Louisiana, another area affected by Harvey. We shall see in the coming


hours what he has to say there. Let's get more on this. We can speak


to Peter Daly, a flood risk expert in the US, who joins us now from


California. Thank you for joining us. Flooding, undoubtedly the


biggest challenge here. How do you assess and calculate the damage?


What we do is to provide estimates of potential economic and insured


losses for major events such as Harvey. The way we go about that is


the first assess the hazard, which would be the level of flooding you


would expect in the Houston area. As well as the winds and the storm


surges that we got along the coastline. Combined with our


knowledge of the relationship between the floodwaters and the


amount of damage that will cause. INAUDIBLE


We will have calculations for all of the properties across Texas. We


developed an estimate of the total insured damage. We start with the


economic damage. Which would be the amount of property lost and the


amount of money it would take to reconstruct those properties. We're


having some trouble with your line. We will stick with it for the


moment. It estimated 80% of people affected by these floods don't have


insurance. Could you tell us why? In the US the private flood insurance


INAUDIBLE Most people in the US purchase their


flood insurance from the National programme, which is offered by the


government. Part of the reason for the low


take-up rate, which would be the amount of insurance purchased by


homeowners and business owners, which would be as a result of the


recognition of the risk. Unless you live in a high risk zone, and in


some places you are required by the bank to purchase flood insurance for


your mortgage, a lot of people don't recognise the amount of flood risk


they have. They are not living on the coastline or near a river, so


they don't recognise that a storm like Harvey can cause significant


damage from a flood. What will happen to the people in this


scenario who don't have insurance? That is a concern. As was mentioned


by your earlier interview. The programme is up for reauthorisation


at the end of this month. For the people who don't have flood


insurance, they will have other areas they can resort to. For


example, a small business not covered by flood insurance may have


the ability to take out a low interest loan with a small business


Administration. There will be other forms of help. But the fact the


flood insurance take-up is relatively low means the recovery


rate could be slow, given the fact they won't be ready to make the


repairs straight from the proceeds of flood insurance. Experts are


saying we are likely to see more and more of these intense storms hitting


parts of the US. Given what you are saying do you think people should be


made to have flood insurance? This will be a debate that will be in


Congress this month as they re-evaluate the programme. From a


scientific point of view, what we are really interested in is


understanding the best way to get the word out to insurance companies


of what that is. You will see more private flood insurance offered in


states like Florida and Texas where the risk is high. Consumers and


homeowners will have the ability to purchase flood insurance more


readily from the open market. They will have more options in terms of


insurance products. With a storm like Harvey it brings to the


forefront of the real issue of flood risk. What we would expect is for


the take-up rates to increase. And so hopefully when the next major


flood occurs there will be a more direct transfer of risk to the


insurance market. And more of a return to the insured. So that will


allow for the recovery to move a little bit more quickly. I am glad


the line improved us that interview went on. Thank you very much for


being with the BBC. Let's take a look at some of


the other stories making the news. Some militants have died during an


attack at a power station. The assault began in the early hours


when armed men wearing explosives entered the plant and took workers


captive. Several civilians also died. The group which calls itself


Islamic State is believed to be behind the attack.


The Mexican President, Enrique Pena Nieto, says


he wants to continue talks with the United States


But he says he will not accept any proposal that goes against Mexico's


It was his first state of the union address


since President Trump came to power, who promised to build a wall along


the southern US border and to make Mexico pay for it.


The authorities in the German city of Frankfurt have been evacuating


patients from two hospitals and head of the planned disposal of a huge


Second World War bomb. Several thousands of people will have to


evacuate their homes after it was discovered on a building site.


The United Nations says nearly 60,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled


from Myanmar to Bangladesh to escape spiralling violence.


It's after Rohingya militants attacked police


According to the campaign group, Human Rights Watch,


new satellite imagery shows more than seven hundred homes have been


Sanjoy Majumder sent us this report from a refugee camp -


Exhausted and traumatised after escaping death.


Many of these Rohingyas have walked for hours


across hills, and wading through paddy fields


to avoid border patrols before making it here.


These are fresh arrivals, Rohingyas who have just arrived after


crossing the border, and with every passing hour, there are


There is absolutely no space left any more,


so they are just living on any piece of open ground


they can find, and many of them have the most disturbing


I meet a man who is nursing a bullet wound in his foot.


He tells me that his village, just across


the border, was attacked, allegedly by the Myanmar military and


TRANSLATION: So many people were killed.


They were shooting at us and I got hit.


There were people whose throats were slashed with knives.


From inside the state, the scars of violence.


This is where the Myanmar military has been carrying out a


Following an attack last week and dozens of


The situation seems to be one where it is rapidly sliding towards a


Significant areas of the state are on fire.


As for those who have managed to flee the fighting, they


are building temporary shelters and trying to make a home for


Bangladesh, after initially trying to stop them, is


For the survivors, this represents freedom.


It has come at a cost, and they are still uncertain


Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come...


Grand slam motherhood, the tennis world congratulates Serena Williams


as she gives birth to her daughter. This is BBC World News Today -


The latest headlines: Flooding in South Asia has left 1400


people dead and 45 million displaced or homeless.


President Trump pays another visit to Texas, this time calling on


Congress to approve nearly $8 billion in aid. Kenya's deputy


president has called on the Electoral Commission to set a date


for fresh presidential elections after the Supreme Court overturned


last month's vote. It's the first time a legal challenge to a


presidential vote has been successful anywhere in Africa.


President Kenyatta also lashed out at the court's decision, calling the


judges Crooks, and said the country has a problem with its judiciary.


Our correspondent is following developments from Nairobi and gave


this assessment of President Kenyatta's reaction.


That news has not gone down well. He has called the judges Crooks. He


even said after the elections are done he will come back and deal with


these judges. It isn't clear what that means. But he isn't happy. The


Supreme Court judges have gone against the will of the people, he


said. He said the people voted for him and the supreme judges have


stood in the way. Looking at the way the previous elections were


organised, there was a lot of strain and scrutiny when it came to the


Electoral Commission. They have two months to put these collections


together. I think they will feel like even those two months will not


be enough for them. They will try to maximise on that little time to be


able to put it together. Looking at the system, is it going to be a


repeat of the electronics system which has been blamed for what we


have just seen, or will the electoral system revert to a manual


system, or even a mix of the two, it remains to be seen how that will go.


Lewis Hamilton has set a new pole position record in reaching his 69th


career pole. Breaking the previous landmark set by Michael Schumacher


in treacherous conditions. He was more than a second quicker than his


nearest rival. He will be hoping to take over Sebastian Vettel's in the


championship. Back in June, before the Azerbaijan


Grand Prix, he said he could easily continue in the sport. Possibly


until the age of 40. He is now 32. He said he wants to hunt down more


records, including Michael Schumacher's, who has seven titles.


If he went on for another eight years he would pretty much have to


win the world title every other season to beat Michael Schumacher.


There are not any big records a good imminently break. The other one of


interest is race wins, held by Michael Schumacher, who has a 33


more than Lewis Hamilton. If he got ten a year it would take another


three years. He is expected to sign a new contract with Mercedes. He


could achieve the title of getting the most race wins, but I'm not sure


he will get to those seven. Because you have other drivers like


Sebastian Vettel who has four world titles. He could get more because he


is staying at Ferrari for three years. It would be very difficult


for the Lewis Hamilton to break the other records of Michael Schumacher.


Shane Duffy opened the scoring for Ireland early on, but things were


level not long after. Ben Woodburn has just scored from a strike from


the edge of the area. The match between Croatia and Kosovo


was abandoned because of bad weather. Riyad Mahrez was missing


from played today. He was released by Algeria early in the week to try


to serve out his possible transfer, but he wasn't even on the bench as


Zambia move into second place. At the US Open in New York Rafael


Nadal and Roger Federer are due to play their third round matches


later. Top seed Rafael Nadal will play Maya. Action is well underway.


The world number eight will next face either Roberta and Mr Battut or


Juan Martin Del Potro. The 23 time grand slam champion,


Serena Williams, has given birth to a baby girl at a clinic in Florida.


Sports stars and celebrities have sent their congratulations. No name


yet. She says she plans to return to tennis for the Australian Open. What


are the odds on her winning that? Back to you.


Thanks very much. Don't forget you can get


in touch with me and some of the team on Twitter -


I'm @AlpaPatel. That is it from me and the team.


Goodbye for now. A lovely start to the weekend with


the exception of some sharp showers in East Anglia. Most places dry with


sunshine. Sunshine will be harder to come by tomorrow.


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