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This is BBC World News today. Our top stories... Karacan are continues
its deadly rampage across the Caribbean. And now, there's another
hurricane coming up behind it. In Barbuda, where is already
overwhelming destruction, a mass evacuation is happening to escape a
second hit. Everything just started to decay and just crumble. What have
you eaten in the last few days? Hardly anything, because there's
nothing to eat. You can't cook. Irma is heading to Florida, where those
who can leaving. Others are hunkering down and hoping for the
best. This storm is wider than our tyre state, and is expected to cause
major and life-threatening impacts from coast -- our entire state. We
will have the very latest from the affected region, and we will be
looking at whether worth so much worse is yet to come. The worst
earthquake in a century hits Mexico. Dozens are known to be killed. And
we have the story of the girl who gave eight people life, after
deciding just days before her death to become an organ donor.
Hello, and welcome to BBC World News today.
Hurricane Irma has torn across the Caribbean, leaving death
So far, at least 19 people have been killed, and more
The massive storm - one of the most powerful Atlantic
hurricanes ever recorded - has passed through the Turks
and Caicos, and Haiti, after causing widespread damage
It's forecast to pass between Cuba and the Bahamas
in the next few hours, before heading towards Florida
And there's another hurricane coming up behind Irma in the Atlantic.
Hurricane Jose is strengthening to a category four, with driving winds of
200 kph. That is around 105 mph. Forecasters warned it could
strengthen still further. Laura Bicker is the first foreign
journalist to reach Barbuda, already devastated by Irma, where the
islands are racing to evacuate before hurricane Jose makes
landfall. The island of Barbuda was once
a Caribbean paradise. Hurricane Irma has
reduced it to rubble. The ruins lie scattered,
torn and ripped apart. Having survived the worst
storm in living memory, and knowing another is on the way,
people are exhausted, I'm just waiting to get
evacuated from here and then I'm going to come back and try
and salvage something and help. Everybody will tell you the same -
they're not coping. Everyone is in the same situation,
and nobody can help one another. Don't worry, we're
going to get you off the island and we're
going to get you to safety,
and you'll be taken care of. The Prime Minister has travelled
from neighbouring Antigua Be patient, we're going to get you
all out. He knows this is a race against time
before Hurricane Jose We heard him haggling for every
boat, helicopter or plane to help But fear starts to spread that not
everyone will get out in time. This woman has been told she does
not have a place on the next boat. The sheer horrifying scale
of the devastation here means barely That means that the whole island
will have to be rebuilt, and the government has already
admitted it simply The Prime Minister knows he'll need
to find funds from somewhere. We're hoping that friendly
governments and international partners will step up to the plate
and assist us. They should not see this as a form
of the Prime Minister and the people of Antigua and Barbuda coming
with a begging bowl, cap in hand. This is a disaster,
a national disaster of epic proportions, and we really
need external assistance. The fragments of people's
lives now lie in ruins. They can only hope that one day
they will once again call the island home,
but for now they must leave by any means possible,
including this towed barge and they don't know
when they will return. The Netherlands is sending more
forces to contain what it calls serious post-storm looting
on the island of St Martin. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said
more soldiers and police would be deployed on the island
which is shared between France and the Netherlands,
amid reports of people with guns Neil Crase, a resident
of St Martin, gave us an update on the situation, and told
us what it was like Well, the storm was terrible, and
the damage was unbelievable. And a lot of people were left homeless.
But the big problem has been the looting that you've referred to and
the total lawlessness. We heard this morning that tourists who had been
sheltering were robbed at gunpoint. And that mobs were going
door-to-door, robbing people. We've seen no evidence of the soldiers
that we understand on the island. In our area, we've not seen a single
one. Very quickly sticking to the looting, do you think this is an
opportunistic event, or are people desperate? Are they trying to get
food and water? Well, I think it started off maybe a little bit like
that. But this in the end has been organised. We are only high point,
we saw yesterday it of all traffic jam of people to the supermarket of
the island, which has been completely stripped bare. The whole
car park was for the whole day of people, and not the side of a police
officer or anything. I understand that Saint Martin is essentially
split between the French and the Dutch. The Dutch side being a bit
more industrious, do you think there has been more recovery efforts
targeted here? Is that where the airport is located as well? Yes, the
main airport is on unserviceable at the moment, as I understand. A
couple of small planes have landed with relief supplies, but that's it
at the moment. Do you think, Neil, that there was enough preparation
put in place? Well, obviously not. I mean, one would hope that there was.
There were a few days to get ready. We certainly made our preparations.
But the response so far, the roads are still blocked, which means we
haven't seen anything being moved, there's nothing happening. You're
describing a situation of lawlessness, almost. That's the
problem. The roads are clogged. There's supposed to be a curfew in
place which they keep saying on the radio, nobody should be on the road,
and yet I'm viewing, you know, people driving up and down. A little
later in the programme we will get all the latest from Florida, where
the governor has won all 20 million of its state inhabitants that they
really do need to be ready to evacuate -- has warned.
And as if the destruction in the Caribbean wasn't bad enough,
an earthquake has hit Mexico, it's being described
It had a magnitude of eight and struck just off the Pacific
Buildings shook in the capital, Mexico City, hundreds of miles away.
The tremor is reported to have lasted about a minute.
A bowling alley in Chiapas, the closest state to
This is a country used to earthquakes, but not
600 miles away, the tremors rocked Mexico City.
Frightened, some people preferred to stay outdoors.
Many can still remember the earthquake of 1985
which was similar in magnitude, and which killed
I never felt anything so scary in my life.
It was small at first, but then it started shaking a lot and it felt
As pictures have emerged from the most severely hit
areas, the death toll has continued to rise.
The fear is there may be more shocks to come.
TRANSLATION: So far there have been 65 aftershocks.
However, it's possible that over the next 24 hours we could see
a shock that's as strong as the earthquake.
In less than a minute, Juchitan's town hall was reduced
to rubble and at least 17 of its citizens were killed.
Daylight has revealed the extent of the devastation and the huge
effort which will be required to rebuild.
For more on this, I'm joined by a geologist who is an expert on
earthquake preparedness. Thank you for joining us. First, what was your
initial reaction when you heard about the earthquake in Mexico?
Well, I remember the earthquake that hit my city in 1985, that was a huge
earthquake, and more than 10,000 people died that time. And I was
praying for the Mexican people. Where use a price that the country
had been struck? Well, unfortunately -- were you surprised. Where it has
taken place, the reason for earthquakes to happen, the plates
are moving. Earthquakes happen where they happened. You have a lot of
experience with Nepal. How did that particular earthquake, I believe it
is the one in 2015 that we are talking about, that earthquake, how
would that compare to what we're seeing in Mexico? Mexico's was
stronger? Well, the Nepal earthquake was several times less than that of
Mexico this time. It is a 7.8. But the death toll was 9000. And that
was considered well below. You know, all earthquakes are different.
Earthquakes sometimes behave differently, you know, the
topography, the people, what is the exposure. I was going to say, when
you say they behave different, do they behave different because of man
being in the location of the earthquake? What is the greatest
danger is Matt the earth man being there with these buildings and what
have you? Right, the earthquake... It takes place, but when it causes
damage, it is the man, it is the way that man lives there and constructs
there. What is the exposure, you know. If the exposure is big and the
vulnerability is there, the exposure is vulnerable, then the damage is
big and the cost of the earthquake... Is there any way to
prepare for an earthquake? The reason I ask this is that at the
time of the Nepal earthquake in 2013, there had been some prediction
that we would never have another strong earthquake in the poll again
because of the timing, you note -- in the poll. We might have small
ones, but certainly not of that magnitude. How long does it take for
that accumulated energy in the earth's cost to build up? Well, in
our case the relation is... The moment is about two centimetres per
year. For a century, that makes it quite a significant build-up, and it
releases. So one can never say that, you know, the earthquake is not
going to take place. You never know, you know. Depending upon how long
the rapture is taking place, it is the Earth... Do know, we were
preparing for the earthquake, you know. Every eight or nine years, and
earthquake effects Nepal. So we were preparing for that. But it depends
on the preparedness, how prepared you are, how you build, how you
live. And if you do not do that, you suffer. In the case of Nepal, we are
not as prepared as Mexico is now, you understand? Although, the death
toll here, I mean, the preliminary figures that we have seen of the
deaths that have taken place, it is well below what could have been
there. Thank you very much for your insight. More in a moment on the
hurricane has linked towards Florida. -- hurtling.
Freedom itself was attacked this morning, and freedom will be
defended. The United States will hunt down and punish those
responsible. Bishop Tutu now becomes the spiritual leader of 100,000
Anglicans here, in the black Soweto township as well as the white
suburbs. We say to you today in a loud and clear voice, enough of
blood and tears. Enough. The difficult decision we reached
together was one that required great and exceptional courage.
It's an exodus of up to 60,000 people, caused by the uneven pace of
political change in Eastern Europe. I am free!
At least 14 people are known to have been killed by Hurricane Irma -
with one organisation claiming that more than a million people have been
The Mexican government says at least 35 people are dead after an
earthquake shook the country's south. It struck just off the
position -- the Pacific coast, and was felt hundreds of miles away in
the capital. Let's get more on hurricane.
The Governor of Florida has warned its 20 million residents
that they should all be prepared to evacuate in the face
of Hurricane Irma, which is wider than the entire state.
500,000 people have already been ordered to leave their homes,
and the highways out of the state have been clogged with cars.
They are now calling this one of the biggest mass evacuations
The roads heading out of Southern Florida are clogged,
This is a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential.
I ask everyone in the storm's path to be vigilant and to heed
all recommendations from government officials and law enforcement.
Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our people.
At Miami's airport, people scramble for the last chance to get out
But basically most of the flights are sold out, so we're not
The worst case scenario that we're going to get hit by a hurricane,
and it's terrifying, and we're going to be
I had to purchase another ticket yesterday costing $8500 to go one
way back to London, and I've already paid once.
So, I'm just hoping they're going to get me on this plane.
The area of Miami normally packed with tourists
is within the evacuation zone, and has been left
Just extraordinary to see Miami's iconic South Beach
as deserted as this, but it is an indication of just
how seriously people here are taking the warnings,
particularly having seen the type of destruction that's been wrought
If they are coming here, it's to fill pillowcases with sand
to barricade their homes before Irma hits.
Donald Trump himself will be affected.
His Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, has been forced to close,
and is in the projected path of the storm.
The National Guard has been deployed here.
They're stockpiling commodities that could become scarce in the coming
days, like drinking water, but they're also preparing
for what's likely to be a massive rescue operation.
Right across this State, there's a sense that time is running
Aleem Maqbool, BBC News, in Miami, Florida.
So, a clear message there to be prepared.
You can read about the situation there on our website -
A 13-year-old girl who died from a brain aneurysm has helped
a record eight people, including five children,
Jemima Layzell, from Somerset, died in 2012, her parents
said she was clever, compassionate and creative -
and would have been "very proud of her legacy".
Officials were able to transplant her organs into eight other people.
It was just before her mum's birthday party five years ago that
Doctors tried to save her life, but her parents were
We'd seen the scans, and there was such a huge shadow
on the left side of her brain, she would never, ever recover.
By chance, Jemima had spoken to her parents about organ
donation just a few days before she collapsed.
When she died, they felt they had to follow the schoolgirl's wishes.
She did specifically say that she wanted
And Sophie, how did that help you then make
It made that decision so much easier.
You know, it's like an automatic thing, yes,
Five years on, Jemima's family have now been told that her organs,
including her heart, lungs and kidneys, have helped more
Freddie is one of those Jemima saved.
He had been given just weeks to live before
he received her liver in a transplant.
This week, he started secondary school.
Thank you - but that just doesn't seem enough,
that they actually stuck to Jemima's wishes and let
So it's really tough, but we can never be thankful enough.
This month, the two families will meet for the first time
at a charity ball organised in Jemima's memory.
Her parents know that not everyone would make the decision they did,
but with more than 6,000 people waiting for transplants,
they're now campaigning for more of us to register as donors.
John Watson has all the sport for us. James Anderson reach 500 Test
wickets, joining the likes of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath to reach the
total. His 500 was soon followed by his 501st to remove both West Indian
openers at the start of their second innings. The West Indies finished
the second day of the third and final Test on 19-3. Of the
floodlights, play continued long into the evening after early rain
delays. James Anderson's 500th wicket was the landmark achievement,
of course. The first English player to do that, just the third fast
bowler, and after close of play he said he's happy to carry on,
debated, energised, feels he still improving as a bowler. He also know
that so what of work to do in this Test match. -- knows that there's
work to do. It been bowler friendly conditions throughout this Test
match. The West Indies resume on Saturday. They will feel they are in
with a shout. Mind you, James Anderson, of course, will come back.
You're always improving. I just try and soak up as much as I can from
coaches or other players, and try and add that to my game, if I can.
So, you know, it's endless how much you can do that. Kylian
Mbappe-Lottin scored on his debut for Paris Saint-Germain following
his much-publicised loan move, which is set to become permanent next
season. He was an the scoresheet in the second half. Neymar added a
third. They lead 3-1. He is expected to join him on a full transfer,
making him the second most expensive player of all-time behind team-mate
Neymar. Paris Saint-Germain on course to make it five league wins
from five so far this season. Tennis, the first men's semifinal is
about to get under way and there will be a new Grand Slam finalist.
Kevin Anderson and Pablo Carreno Busta have never reached this stage
before. Chris Froome has taken another step towards winning the
volta is by no. Less than two months after his fourth Tour de France
title -- Vuelta is by no. Chris Froome finished in the peloton more
than 12 minutes later. There is just one meaningful stage to go before
Sunday's ceremonial finish in Madrid. Andrew Parsons has been
elected the new president of the International committee. The
Brazilian beat three other candidates at the IPC General
Assembly in Abu Dhabi earlier today. He succeeds Sir Philip Craven, who
had headed the organisation since 2001. Sir Philip oversaw the growth
of the Paralympic movement, which is now the world third biggest sporting
event behind only the Olympics and the World Cup in terms of global to
guess. That is all the sport. Back to you.
STUDIO: Thank you, Tom. A reminder of our top story: Relief
efforts on Caribbean islands hit by Hurricane Irma
are being complicated by the imminent arrival
of another powerful storm. Efforts are being made
to rescue all 1600 residents of the island of Barbuda before
the category four Hurricane Jose Don't forget that Florida is also
preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Amer. You can keep
up-to-date with that on our website. -- hurricane Irma. Also get in touch
with us here at world news. You can find me on Twitter. Stay tuned,
plenty more coming up shortly. Hello. We are still dodging some
downpours this evening. But some of us will be turning drier as the
evening goes on. Although overnight we will keep a feed of