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♪ ♪ >> hello, i am stephanie sy. these are the stories we are following right now. floods forced thousands from their homes, towns in colorado are submerged and the water keeps come, right now crews are trying to find scores of missing people. a jersey shore landmark in ashes less than a year after hurricane sandy a community again faces monumental recovery efforts. and removing the threat of military action. for now, that's the president's new plan to get a u.n. resolution on syria. ♪ ♪ >> we begin in colorado where
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the massive flooding has grown even worse. the death toll from the floods have gone up to at least four. emergency officials in boulder say more than 180 people are unaccounted for. about 3,000 people remain stranded by the rushing waters. and forecasters say it's not over, there is more heavy rain expected this weekend. asher has been tracking the recovery efforts and has more from boulder. >> reporter: a short break in the weather gave precedents an opportunity to survey some of the damage from days of heavy rains and flash flooding for some it was a relief. for others it was difficult to absorb. jeremy barnes' house sits at the edge of left-hand creek in bould he since monday it's been immerseed in rushing water. by the time we got in the car and got the car started water was coming up the doors and wecouldn't get out of the drivdriveway. that's the car. >> reporter: residents described
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a wall of water. until earlier this week this was a passible road but with unrelenting waterfall this creek has turned into a raging riff if rapids and degree. 4.5 billion gallons of water there was once a driveway but the force of the quarter pressure washed it way. >> help a termed called head pressure the longer the water moves the more fresh thank you buildings up as you can see with the damages here with the undermining of the highway here as well, it makes it more than dangerous. >> reporter: first responders are race to go get those still trapped by the flood without toers safer ground, some have been stranded for days. >> so grateful. just so grateful for all of them. i al righi am rather happy to bf there. >> reporter: rescues helped her and her family out of their home that has been surrounded by flood water. not forgetting the animals that canned fend for themselves.
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as national guardsmen continue their work around you understand controllable flood waters, others like jeremy barnes can only stand and watch in disbay left. >> it'disbelief. >> it's just all gone. >> reporter: forecaster are predicting several more days before the rain completely dissipates. thousands have already left the area with several towns having already been cut off from power and cell service making it more difficult to try to contact the dozens of people still unaccounted for. and as the rainfall begins to pick up once again, some residents will have to decide whether to stick it out or evacuate. >> now joining me by phone is ashley herring a public information officer with the colorado office of emergency manage in the boulder, ashley, we have seen the video from the areas, it looks frankly terrifying. how bad would you describe the situation being right now? are people still being rescued and evacuated? >> reporter: yes. we still have a number of people
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that are being rescued and being evacuated. we were flying helicopters all day today. we have had high water vehicles going up and in some areas the only way to reach them is through the helicopters. >> now, i understand it's not raining there right now. there is rain in the forecast. but there still is this threat of flooding. where is the threat coming from at this point? >> reporter: you know, there has been so much rain in the mountains and all of that water has to go somewhere. unfortunately that somewhere end up being our towns and our cities. >> i understand there was a breach yesterday in the wastewater pipeline that services boulder. do you have anymore information on that? >> yes, we had a 300-foot piece of pipeline from our wastewater pipeline that breached and, unfortunately, 90% of our wastewater is now going in to boulder creek. now the good thing about that is it's not impacting our drinking
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water and it's not unsafe. however, it is, you know, making quite bait of mess not square. >> so people should not be worried about the actual water supply at this point, even though the pipeline services such a large part of boulder? >> for the city of boulder, our water supply is safe to drink. however, we do have other areas within boulder county under boil water or from other impacts of the flooding. >> let's talk about the weekend ahead. again, it's not raining at the moment. are you worried about the forecast for saturday and for the rest of the weekend? >> we are looking very closely at the forecast. particularly for saturday afternoon. there is possibility of heavy rain in the area. and we are just so saturated right now, that it wouldn't take very much to cause flooding again. >> there are thousands of people that have now been evacuated. where are most of these evacuees going and how many more mandatory evacuations do you
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expect at this point? >> you know, the majority of people have evacuated to their friend and families' homes, however we have a lot of people in shelters. we currently have eight shelters open in the -- just in boulder county not even counting the rest of colorado. we hope to not have anymore mandatory evacuations but that all will depend on the rain tomorrow. >> all right, ashley herring public information officer with the colorado office of emergency management, thanks for joining us and we wish you the best of luck in coming days. >> thank you. >> investigators are sifting through the rubble trying to filed out what caused thursday's boardwalk fire along the new jersey shore. which burned dozens of buildings to the ground. al jazerra spoke with seaside heights business owners grappling with the devastation. >> reporter: as firefighters hose hoss down smoldering em enterssmoldering ementers peoplk here look across the devastation and said not again, michelle jackson was lucky her restaurant
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survived the flames. >> it's been a long road since sandy. we have been down a lot, our percentages and we started seeing things pick up and look promising and i started feel better about how things were going and not that feeling of doom. now that happens, so all that feel that we had before came back. >> reporter: the new jersey shore was just get back on its feet after hurricane sandy when a fired ripped through the iconic board walks that runs through seaside park and seaside heights. four blocks destroyed. dozens of businesses burned. >> what hurts me the most is all of this has to be rebuilt and people that want to really come back and make something of this place. and right now, they don't know what to think. after everything that's happened and now this.
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i am wondering if it's really actually meant to be. >> reporter: firefighters put up a desperate effort to stop the flames from spreading. >> our strategy was to do what we could, protect as many explosion user as we could and work on a containment plan and that's what this was, our first containment plan failed. because of the volume of fire the section plan worked. >> reporter: that was a fire break. behind me is where firefighters made a trench were cut to stop the blaze in its tracks, you can see the effectiveness of their strategy. these shops are completely burned but if we take a look over here, these stores are perfectly intact. just repairing the boardwalk could cost over $1 million. that doesn't include the businesses that burned. >> i am lucky to be here, but the rest of the boardwalk is gone now. so that's not very lucky. >> reporter: after sandy, the mantra has been jersey strong. once again, the community will
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have to find the strength to rebuild. al jazerra, a sid seaside heighw jersey. >> second state john kersey spending a third daze in geneva switzerland trying to reach an agreement with russia stopping the use of chemical weapons in sear i can't remember the u.s. had been insisting a u.n. resolution include a threat of military action if syria does not comply. but al jazerra has confirmed the u.s. may be ready to drop that requirement. mike has more from washington. >> reporter: all along administration from president obama on down has said it's only the credible use of force that has brought syria to admit that it has chemical weapons to begin with and brought russia to put forward this proposal that has changed the course of events over the past week or so. john kerry yesterday at the outset of those talks in geneva with sergei lavrov said there should be consequence for his any deal if syria does not follow through. president obama today his only public appearance in the oval office a photo op with the amir
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of kuwait. here is what he had to say about the syrian issue. >> i shared with the amir my hope that the negotiations that are currently taking place between secretary of state kerry and foreign minister lavrov in geneva bear fruit. but i repeated what i have said publicly, which is that any agreement needs to be verifiable and enforceable. >> reporter: verifiable and enforceable. it turns out what the president meant by that was that there could be sanctions but as far as the u.n. resolution is concerned, these negotiations with say gay lavrov will not produce the threat of force to take to the united nations, officials saying the russians simply won't go along with it. but officials say the u.s. could still act unilaterally as it appeared that they were about to do some two weeks ago and on those talks in geneva officials say they are now at a pivotal point. >> mike reportin reporting from. supporters of egypt's ousted
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president have been clashing with oppositions groups in protest. the fighting comes just a day after a tat state of emergency s extended by two months. the muslim brotherhood called for these promo ham he had morsi december strayings people carrying posters and photos of those killed in last month's crack down by security forces. egyptian police and military stormed two protest camps in august and killed hundreds. the crack down made august 14 account the deadliest day in the country's recent history. meanwhile more protests in the city of alex address tree a after friday prayers, one person killed and several others injured. more demonstrations are expected today as the trial resumes for egypt's other deposed president mubarak. in iraq at least 30 people are dead and another two dozens injured after two roadside bombs exploded outside of a mosque. it happened in the city of about
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40 miles northeast of baghdad. the bombs detonate billion dollar 10 minutes apart just an sunni muslim worshipers were leaving friday park, the he could he is pollutioexplores hie rush to go help. >> now there are new concerns with the fukushima nuclear power plant in japan and the levels of radiation it's leaking. a homeless camp with million dollars views. now the group of squatters who call this place home are facing-facingeviction but they t leaving quietly. sachin asked the indian media not to put too much pleasure pressure on the teenager. >> my son started his career. it's a humble request if he can live his life like a normal 14-year-old without thinking of anything other than falling in
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love with the sport. (applause) >> some footsteps to follow in. more on the website. check it out. all the details. get in touch with us on twitter and facebook. plenty more from me later, but that is the sport for now. >> thank you. stay with us on al jazeera. another full bulletin of news is ahead with julie mcdonald, who will be in london for us. for now, goodbye.
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♪ ♪ >> fire crews are one step closer to stamping out a wildfire that has destroyed
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nearly 70 homes in northern california. the clover fire in shasta county has burned 12 1/2 square miles, one person was found dead. officials have reopened roads in the area but some evacuations remain in place. full contain. is expected by sunday. for months, radioactive water has been leaking from storage tanks at japan's fukushima nuclear plants. some of the water has reached the pacific ocean and authorities are struggling to keep the contamination way from groundwater. but hundreds of thousands of gallons are needed to cool the reactors every day. and one international expert says the power company's current solution won't work. joanna reports. >> reporter: a low-key meeting for unimportant admission, japan's opposition party questions the man charged with ensure safety at the damaged talk sheema nuclear plant. the answer is swift and unwelcome. he says the situation is not under control.
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just less than a week ago japan's prime minister assured the world that the leaks were under control. and it's likely that this assurance hence the international olympic committee to award tokyo the 2020 summer olympic games. >> the prime minister made a statement that that is under control based on you are pro venture tiff measures think the government will continue to insure that all necessary steps are being taken. >> reporter: for months, radioactive water has been leaking for storage tanks around the plant. some of it has reached the pacific ocean. and there are continued efforts to try to keep the main body of contamination away from groundwater. but with hundreds of thousands of liters being used to cool the reactors every day. one international expert says the turned solution is untenable. >> there is a major challenge ahead for disposition of that water. in my view, it's unsustainable
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to indefinitely for a multi-decade long process to basically continue to hold that water in tanks. >> reporter: so the japanese government must do something to relieve the pressure on the storage tanks. international advisers have told them they should allow a controlled release of the water in to the ocean. joann, a ajoanna, al jazerra. >> gunfire can still be held in the philippines just hours after rebels agreed to a ceasefire. a 5-day standoff looks to be nearing an end on friday with a successful meeting between the leader of a muslim rebel group and the country's surprise vyce president but everybody after both partys agreed to a truth by saturday morning witnesses appeared hearing gunfires and mortars, nearly 200 civilians have been held hostage by the rebels at least 22 people have died. and 25,000 were forced to knee their homes since the standoffs
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began. there are more than 600,000 people living on the streets here in the united states. in northern california, some have set up camp on a former landfill. they have lived there for years but as al jazerra's pamela tom reports they may soon be facing eviction. >> reporter: he calls himself scrappy. scrapping for junk and salvaging what he can sale for cash. he keeps more than he sales and over the past three years scrappy has built an intricate shelter, complete with a corrugated metal front door. >> my friend crazy steve told me about this place. >> reporter: this place is the albany bulb once a landfill the bulk overlooks the san francisco bay. it is also the permanent home of some 60 people. >> 36 people to 62 have no income whatsoever, there are 39 men and 23 women. >> reporter: for decades, the home little have found their way to the bulb, to avoid the streets and to find community. but now the city of albany that
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owns it, wants the homeless out. the council vote today enforce an ordinance prohibiting overnight camping, a first step in evicting penal living at the bulb for good. proponents of the law argue the area is for public use. and the homeless make it dangerous for everybody else. katherine cody says the bulb is a good, safe place for her. >> i really am just with my dogs, i was stabbed about 16 years ago, 17 years ago, so i know what it's like to be out on the streets and not be safe. >> reporter: despite the statistics, america's homeless remains visible with life as hard as the pavement. are they as clean as us? do they smell a bit? maybe they do. you know, but they still love, they live, they are human. >> reporter: this isn't the first time the city of albany has evicted the camper, back in 1999, the city told everyone living here to pack up and leave. but one by one the homeless
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returned. and by 2006 the bulb was once again occupied. the homeless say back then the city of albany did not provide enough transitional housing or services. today the city says it is studying not only housing options, but also help with storage and pets little he visions could begin as early as october. papamela tom, albany california. >> is may sound strange but there is a lack of sand. the efforts to beef up beaches slammed by storms. that's all i have an real money.
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♪ ♪ >> the department of justice is suing the state of florida over how the state deals with sick and disabled children. hundreds of kids are being housed in nursing homes instead of other care facilities. critic say the nursing home industry is profiting from the practice. al jazerra's natasha talked with a tampa father who is fight to go get better care for his son. >> reporter: it was the start of a new life for 15-year-old abdel, the native egyptian had just moved to the states in 2011. he had been here only eight months when he was in a car
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accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury. >> it has been like we are living in an emergency situation that has not ended yet. >> reporter: and so began an unexpected life for abdul and his family. for the last two years, he's been living at this nursing home in tampa. it's one of the handful in the state that care for, quote, medically fragile and complex children. he says the staff at the nursing home i initially provided excellent acute care and his son improved dramatically. but then the physical, occupation and speech therapies stopped. >> i felt very bad. i was in a state of loss really. i didn't know what to do. i was looking for a solution anywhere. >> reporter: the department of justice, or d.o.j. is stepping in to assist families such as these. it's suing the state of florida for discriminating against the kids and violating the americans with disabilities act. there are 186 children requiring intense medical care, housed in
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nursing homes. 3,000 are considered at risk for being sent to one. critics say it's the result of a reduction in community-based services. such as at-home care or group homes. >> these people do not have voices. that's why they are an easy target. >> reporter: matt represents the gassers and nine other families he's suing the state of florida as well he says it costs more to house children in nursing homes than it does to provide them with at-home or group-home care. in the 2011-2012 physician value year the state paid 9,000-dollar on average to care for kids nay community-based setting. at of ridge cost for care in a nursing home was more than $112,000. the state says it's unfair to compare the two types of care due to the varying condition of children and services provided. >> for the past 15 years, more and more older people , seniors have been leaving nursing homes. and more and more nursing home
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beds have been opening up. what better type of person to put in a nursing home bed than a medically fragile child who is never going to complain about being there. >> reporter: the secretary with the florida agency for health care administration refused on you are request for an interview. but in a statement says floor has made many improvements in it's already strong program for caring for medically complex children, washington is not interesting in helping family improve but instead is determined to file disruptive lawsuits. thanks to their lawsuit, he believes that he was able get state's attention. in early august, he moved abdul out of the nursing home and in to a group home. >> he had been given the proper service on time, he would have been today in a much better shape. >> reporter: and that's the concern of families. while their children wait get out of nursing homes, their conditions may dee tor dee tearr
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eight. >> japan has launched a new rocket one they hope is a cheaper more effective way of sending satellites in to space. they had lift off today but it came off a two-week postponement. an earlier launch last month was aborted just a few seconds before a planned lift off because of a computer glitch. it is the country's first new rocket design since 2001. a balloonist fell short of completing a record-breaking trip across the atlantic ocean, jonathan trap set out to be the first person making the journey using something called a cluster balloon system. he strapped himself to more than 300 helium balloons and took flight on thursday. he departed from maine but was forced to land in new finland, canada. in florida, the sunshine state is suffering a sand shortage. the crisis could not only wash
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way its coastline, but erode tourism too t. andy gallagher has more from miami. >> reporter: they attract millions of visitors each year. generate billions of dollars in revenue, the beaches are south florida are facing a crisis. sand washed away i by storms and erosion is normally replenished using sands dredges offshore but that's an increasingly press us modally in miami they are about to run out of sand altogether. >> all the tourism places are for ocean and sand. so if we don't have sand, we don't have anything. >> it's not a good thing. this is very enjoyable, we come down here all the time. >> i am sorry, but i am grateful for what is here. it's great. it's nice. and it seems like there is still plenty. >> reporter: it might look that way, but brian flynn who has been working on beach respiration for 30 years says the situation is now critical. >> we don't at this point have a
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clear-cut solution to it. and, you know, so far we are in the middle of hurricane season right now, in fact we are at the peak of hurricane season right now and we have been lucky so far but if we were to have a major storm we would have to come up with a source of sand very quickly. >> reporter: among the solutions now being considered to avert this impending cries sit to bring sand in from places like the bahamas, mine it in land here in florida or even use ground up glass to replace sand on beaches like this, but there are those in the environmental community that say all of this is ignoring a much larger, much deeper global crisis. >> we are going to lose our port facilities, our airport, all of these things are just going to be nonfunction and the same is true with broward county. >> reporter: professor howard warnless studies global warning. he predicts much of south florida will be under water by sen injury's end, perhaps much sooner. and he thinks the search for sands is fruitless. >> at what point do we quit pouring money in to a lost
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cause? and start spending the money in helping people buyout and relocate? >> reporter: but for now, authorities are continuing their search for sand in in are conft a solution will be found. the beaches here are worth a fortunate and most want to enjoy them why they can, andy gallagher, al jazerra, miami beach, florida. >> now an update on a store friday last night. united airlines says it will honored the tickets it accidentally basically gave way for me. that's good news for a people who got the tickets on thursday. after united lifted some airfares as -- listed some airfares as $0, many customers got tickets for five or 10 bucks, paying only the cost of the security fee. the airline is not saying how many tickets it accidentally gave way, or how much the mistake cost the airlines, but those are some lucky travelers. i am stephanie sy. thanks so much for watching, "real money" is next you can catch us online at algentlema
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