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you're watching bbc news, i'm ben boulos. our top stories. a state of emergency is declared in haiti after a powerful earthquake, measuring 7.2 magnitude. at least 29 people have been killed. the last major city in northern afghanistan — mazar—i—sharif — reportedly falls to the taliban, as president ghani says that remobilising the military is his top priority. translation: our dear country, afghanistan, is in serious - danger of instability. the reintegration of the security and defence forces is our priority and we are taking serious measures to deal with this. in the uk there are questions for police about why it chose to return a shotgun licence to the man who killed five people in the uk's worst mass shooting since 2010.
and coming up in sport, later in the hour there is a hat—trick for bruno fernandez, as manchester united get off to a flyer on the opening day, off to a flyer on the opening day, of their premier league season. hello. a warm welcome to the programme. a warm welcome to the programme. a powerful 7.2 earthquake has hit haiti, and authorities say at least 29 people have been killed. prime minister ariel henry described the situation as dramatic and appealed for the spirit of solidarity of all haitians. he said the quake had caused huge damage across the south of the country and has declared a state of emergency for a month. pictures show collapsed buildings and damaged roads in several cities.
it is fear many may be trapped under rubble. it is fear many may be trapped under rubble. the earthquake triggered a tsunami warning in the region which has since been lifted. in 2010, a magnitude seven quake near the capital, port au prince, killed an estimated 200,000 people. us presidentjoe biden has authorised immediate help from the us. 0ur north america correspondent david willis is following the story. this earthquake was 18 miles to the west of the haitian capital port—au—prince, which is good news in the sense that it is away from a heavily populated area, bad news though, that it was both stronger and deeper than the one that you referred to back in 2010, which caused such devastation to the capital port—au—prince, killed about 200,000 people, and left more than a million and a half people homeless. so they are still trying to establish the precise death toll,
the number of fatalities in this new, this most recent quake, but certainly there are pictures on social media which show considerable devastation, ruined buildings, cars, crushed by collapsed debris and so on and there are also pictures on social media of people crying out and trying to get rescue for their friends and family members, and for haiti of course an impoverished nation, this isjust another setback. we mentioned that 2010 earthquake, which the nation was still recovering from it has been reeling from political crises following of course the assassination of the presidentjust last month, there has been a humanitarian crisis there, it was devastated not too long ago, as well by a hurricane and another tropical storm, tropical storm grace is
bearing down on haiti even as we speak and it is due to hit landfall early next week. this poor, poor country reallyjust early next week. this poor, poor country really just can't early next week. this poor, poor country reallyjust can't get a break. a short time ago we spoke to the haitian journalist raouljunior lorfils, who gave us this update from port—au—prince. the immediate help that would be needed right now is health care, i would say, for the injured, and after that, i think there will be a huge need of help in rebuilding maybe the houses that have been collapsed, especially public buildings like high schools that we've had, and yes, so far, these are two main things. for now the reports we are having are telling us that hospitals are receiving many more victims, and some of them are about to run out of places for new patients,
and as you know, the health care system here in haiti has never been something very strong, and especially in these times, it is a huge challenge for everyone to, for everyone and especially for the doctors in hospitals. so, yes, this is what we are starting to have here. we've heard hospitals are running out of spaces, while more and more patients are wanting to have, to be saved. in afghanistan, the taliban have continued to seize yet more territory and are now in control of more regional capitals than the government. its been reported that mazar—i—sharif, the northern city that was the afghan government's last northern stronghold, has also now fallen to taliban fighters.
provincial authorities say security forces abandoned weapons and fled to the uzbekistan border. the city of sharan in paktika province and asadabad in kunar province also fell to the islamist militants on saturday. the afghan president, ashraf ghani, addressed the nation for the first time since the taliban advance, saying his focus was to prevent further instability. troops from the uk have been sent to help british citizens leave. 0ur afghanistan correspondent secunder kermani reports. this is the very centre of kabul. thousands who fled fighting across the north now live in these miserable conditions. this family escaped the violence, but say they still don't feel safe. translation: we're thirsty, hungry, we have no home. i 0ther makeshift camps are bigger. but this in the heart
of the city, shows how quickly the country is unravelling. we don't go back to the 19th century, just we want to be as far as we have developed here, we want to go further developed. we don't want to go to the back era where our sisters and our education sector and development sector was so shatteder that we don't want to go back to that. sector and development sector was so shattered that we don't want to go back to that. today, fighting erupteded around mazar—i—sharif. while in kandahar the insurgents cemented their position, with their own flag hoisting ceremony. finally addressing the nation, president ghani didn't comment on rumours he may resign. instead simply promising to remobilise beleaguered forces. for now, for many people here in kabul life is continuing more or less as normal. but the taliban are getting closer and closer to the city and there is increasing concern that
a fierce and protracted battle for control of kabul could be imminent. the speed of the taliban's advance has led to the uk and us together sending over 3,500 troops to afghanistan to repatriate their own citizens and many of their embassy staff. many afghan cities are now being handed over to the taliban, following local deals with the security forces. that may be the only way to avoid even more suffering in kabul too, but would mean an end to life here, as residents know it. here in the uk, the decision to return a shotgun and a licence to the man who killed five people in plymouth on thursday is being examined by the independent police watchdog. jake davison�*s victims included his mother maxine, a three—year—old girl, sophie martyn, and herfather lee. davison also injured two other people before turning the gun on himself. jon kay has more.
200 miles from westminster, the home secretary came to plymouth, to pay her respects to the victims. maxine davison, the mother of the gunman. three—year—old sophie martin and her dad lee, steven washington, who was 59, and 66—year—old kate shepherd. it's tragic beyond words, really, really tragic. priti patel promised to support the community, with specialist help for anyone left traumatised. she wouldn't comment on news that the gunman, jake davison, had his firearms licensed returned last month, despite posting hate filled rants online. home secretary, should davison have had a gun? you say you want to reassure people, a lot of people have questions about gun control.
my brain can't process it. physically can't process that information i was given. chris says his family is reeling. not only was his auntie maxine shot dead, but it was her son that killed her. chris never met his cousin jake davison, and doesn't understand what has gone so catastrophically wrong. it is impossible, you can't plan for this, you can't see the next day or the day after or the day after, you literally take each day as it comes. but i know, as a family they will coming together, be there for each other and try to understand this horrendous thing that has happen. and also the other four innocent people that had no part in this. i'm sorry to everyone that is going through this. it must be the worse thing in the world. i can't imagine to understand. among these grieving, the family of three—year—old sophie martyn and her dad lee. apparently shot at random as they walked home together. they were definitely a pair. little �*un running round and eating all the ice—creams.
0nly last month the dad and daughter were watching the euros with friends here at the anchorage pub. amazing together, always mucking about and playing, he doted on her. she was an amazing little girl. so — and he was a great dad. she hasn't even started her life. she's so little, and it's just, yeah, it's terrible. this afternoon, plymouth argyll�*s match fell silent. concerts have also been cancelled. 48—hours on, this city has so many questions, and things are still so raw. jon kay, bbc news, plymouth. a water—dropping plane with eight people on board has crashed in southern turkey, killing all on board. russia's defence ministry said five russian servicemen and three turkish citizens were on board the plane. the country has been trying to contain some of the worst wildfires in years along the south coast.
a massive search and rescue operation is continuing in northern turkey where at least a0 people have died in flash floods. the floods swept through the black sea region earlier this week, causing some buildings to collapse — and damaging roads, bridges and power lines. it's the second natural disaster to hit the country this month, following wildfires in the south. the us federal weather agency says july was the hottest month globally ever recorded. the national oceanic and atmospheric administration calculates the combined land and ocean surface temperature was 0.93 celsius above the 20th century average of 15.8 celsius. in italy — which has reached its peak holiday weekend — 17 cities are now on red alert because of the heatwave being suffered across southern europe. just a couple of days ago the island of sicily registered the staggering 48.8 celsius. if confirmed by the world meteorological organization, it will be the hottest temperature ever recorded in europe. 0ur europe correspondent
mark lowen is in sicily. the temperatures have dropped a bit today for the moment touchlite they are closer to 30, likely to push up during the day but the worst of the heat today in the mediterranean will probably be in spain, where in madrid temperatures likely to be 43, and in the south of spain, going up to 45, and in the south of spain, going up to a5, and the spokesman for spain's weather agency says it could today be the hot etc day on record. record. people we were speaking to on beach said the interesting thing is despite the air being scorching, that the water is very very cold, for this time of year, you from the the extremes the as well and we had an announcement from the administration which is the us federal agency which monitors the climate which has found thatjuly was the hottest month in the world, since records began 15112 years ago,
and i can tell you from being here today, i think probably a scorching august is going to follow that sweltering july. you're watching bbc news. a reminder of our headlines. a state of emergency is declared in haiti after a powerful earthquake, measuring 7.2 magnitude. at least 29 people have been killed. the last major city in northern afghanistan — mazar—i—sharif — reportedly falls to the taliban, as president ghani says that remobilising the military is his top priority. in the uk there are questions for police about why it chose to return a shotgun licence to the man who killed five people in the uk's worst mass shooting since 2010. some clinically vulnerable children in england are struggling to access a covid vaccine, nearly four weeks after they were added to the rollout. nhs england say at—risk 12 to 15—year—olds, and those living with someone with a weak immune system, should be offered
a jab from the 23rd of august at the latest. 0ur health correspondent katharine da costa reports. clever girl. lovely and what a lovely smile. _ clever girl. lovely and what a lovely smile. is _ clever girl. lovely and what a lovely smile. is a-year-old i clever girl. lovely and what a - lovely smile. is a-year-old veronica en'o in: lovely smile. is a-year-old veronica enjoying an — lovely smile. is a-year-old veronica enjoying an online _ lovely smile. is a-year-old veronica enjoying an online therapy - lovely smile. is a-year-old veronica enjoying an online therapy session l enjoying an online therapy session at home in south—west london during lockdown in february. she has severe neurodisability, last month 12—15—year—old children who are atrying o high risk are advised to have a vaccine. nearly four weeks on, and with the start of a new school term in sight. dozens of families like hers are still desperate for information about when they will get one. i desperate for information about when they will get one-— they will get one. i think the uruen they will get one. i think the urgency of— they will get one. i think the urgency of the _ they will get one. i think the urgency of the vaccine - they will get one. i think the urgency of the vaccine roll . they will get one. i think the i urgency of the vaccine roll out they will get one. i think the - urgency of the vaccine roll out for our children has been completely forgotten, it is not good enough. if something is announced on 19thjuly,
having to wait until the end of august for a vaccination, it is too late, immunity isn't going to have have time to have kicked in in a meaningful way.— have time to have kicked in in a meaningful way. have time to have kicked in in a meaninafulwa . ., , , ., meaningful way. doctors say they are still waitinu meaningful way. doctors say they are still waiting for _ meaningful way. doctors say they are still waiting for search _ meaningful way. doctors say they are still waiting for search guidelines - still waiting for search guidelines to help them identify from patient records which children are eligible. i can understand that parents and children are anxious about that because they want to ensure they get at least one vaccine before the school year starts in england, however we have not received guidance on how it be implemented so doctor, that includes gps like myself and paediatric doctors, are still waiting guidance from the nhs about how it will be done. but still waiting guidance from the nhs about how it will be done.- about how it will be done. but nhs encland about how it will be done. but nhs england say _ about how it will be done. but nhs england say they — about how it will be done. but nhs england say they have _ about how it will be done. but nhs england say they have provide -- l england say they have provide —— provided guidance n a statement they said:
eligible children in the other nations are being invited in for a jab. the nhs in scotland said nearly a quarter of 12—15—year—old there's had received a first dose. the new head of the nhs in england says she fears tens of thousands of people are are risking their lives because they're unable to spot the first warning signs of cancer. research also suggests three in five people would delay seeking medical advice because they don't want to be a burden during the pandemic. 0ur health correspondent anna collinson reports. cancer services are back to pre—pandemic levels and are busy, but nhs england says over the past year there has been a 10% drop in cancer patients receiving treatment. we know that people are out there and we are worried they may have symptoms and not be coming forward, so the purpose of this campaign is to highlight those symptoms,
to make sure people are aware of what is normal and what's not normal for them, and to come forward if they need help. just, you've said it too. health officials are particularly concerned about abdominal, urological and lung cancers. as this new advert shows, symptoms can include discomfort in the stomach, blood in urine, persistent diarrhoea or a cough that lasts longer than three weeks. it was a gp who first detected declan's kidney cancer eight years ago. he is now a patient at this urology clinic at guy's hospital in london, and is mostly able to live a normal life. if there is something bothering you, it may not be something serious but it is absolutely worth getting it checked out, you know? and i know that you can go to your gp. i think some people think that these things aren't happening now, but they are. the earlier cancers are detected, the more likely it is that we can treat them effectively. if a patient spots a possible
symptom, the nhs says it is ready to help. anna collinson, bbc news. people have been flocking to suffolk and norfolk in the east of england to see original works by the grafitti artist banksy. on friday night, banksy posted a video on instagram of him working on the creations. one of the pictures has become such hot property that the new owner has moved it to a secret location. jenny kirk has more. is it or isn't it? the question on everyone's lips for the last week has now been answered. i absolutely love it. i think it's wonderful it's come this way to lowestoft. i think it's the best thing that's happened to this town for years, to be honest. for some this is vandalism, to others it is art. and instead of removing it, the local council says they are beyond excited, and it is a real boost for great yarmouth and lowestoft. everyone that's seen these pieces has smiled. everyone has had pleasure from what he has put out there, and that is a wonderful thing to be
able to do. hundreds of thousands of people can go and see the artwork and it will make them smile. this is how the elusive artist whose work sells for millions ended the speculation, by posting online his spraycation. but there is less good news for king's lynn. banksy�*s reimagining of a prominent statue with an ice—cream cone has already been removed. at merrivale model village they have had substantial offers for their banksy, but they are not selling. the public unfortunately weren't respecting it. they were trying to climb over, get up close with it, and we were fearful it was going to get damaged so we had to move it off site, and with the news last night the insurance company have insisted we put it in a secure facility. how now to protect and capitalise on his work? a nice problem to have. special to know that banksy actually was here. jenny kirk, bbc news.
a 14—year—old boy with autism with a passion for military history has used his drawings to raise money for the veterans who inspire him. since covid restrictions were eased, jack berry and his family have been travelling to see some of the people — and planes — that feature in the book he has created. john maguire was there. hello, jack! lovely to see you. oh, that's for me? thank you very much indeed. this is the moment two friends, although generations apart in age, met in person for the very first time. we have been waiting for this day, haven't we? really have. personally, i thought we'd met each other all our lives. john meller is a veteran of the second world war. he served in the raf as a crewman on board lancaster bombers. and jack berry, who is autistic
and nonverbal, is a keen artist. he has turned some of his paintings of aircraft into a book, raising money for military charities. jack has been touring around aviation museums to meet some of the people who helped with his book, and one of those who inspired him isjohn. jack's book, as i say, it shows how artistic he is. his drawings are absolutely perfect. i have got one of his books, i look at it basically every day. he is a real artist, no doubt about that. they have connected via their computers, but this is a chance for the two to meet face—to—face and to exchange gifts. this model of a lancaster was made byjohn during the war. forjack, this is a chance to meet one of his heroes. 0bviouslyjack loves history, so it has been an opportunity for him to actually learn something from john, notjust by social media or zoom, but actually face—to—face,
and the fact that he has given that lancaster and how he has made it will probably mean quite a lot to jack, and he will probably take it into school and tell the other children about it, so it has been really good. resplendent in his specially made uniform, todayjack is at the international bomber command centre in lincoln. he and john are here for a special service, to commemorate the 85th anniversary of bomber command. 0ther veterans and their families are here to reflect, and to remember. it means quite a lot, because it lets you see that people still appreciate it, what we went through, of all ages. from youngsters to the very old. you'd only got to be in the war and make friends like i did,
you'd look across at the tables where we used to meet them, because you made friends with them, and find then they wouldn't come back ever. a dakota from the battle of britain memorial flight roars overhead through blue skies. and in the gift shop, they spot a copy of jack's book. "flying high in the sunlit silence". his painting has helped him immensely, especially coping through lockdowns. and the historical military aircraft community has rallied around to help him, so now jack is determined to thank them for taking him under their wings. let's return to our top story — the devastating earthquake in haiti — at least 29 people have been killed. a short time ago we spoke
to widlore merancourt, the prime minister has said the capping has caused huge damage in the south of the country hand declared a state of emergency for a month. a short time ago we spoke to a journalist and editor in haiti. so what we do know it's a very severe earthquake. this earthquake, waking up bad memories for a lot of people, but most of the country's felt it. i have families in the south and my sister's house is destroyed. you know, by the grace of god she is alive and well, but i am hearing that many people are killed under the earthquake. in the south where my parents lived,
one journalist told me he saw with his own eyes two people died, but we think that more people are, you know, being reported wounded because the house is collapsed on them, but i am cautious with giving any numbers because it is still an ongoing situation, but it is a very dire one. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. hello. it has been a mixed picture, sunshine for some, rain for other, and some blustery showers across scotland. this area of low pressure and it frontal system has been bringing rain into wales, the midlands, northern england and northern ireland. but elsewhere we have had warm spells of sunshine. this is the earlier picture so we are you see we had the breaks in the cloud. this rain pushing in to northern ireland, northern england, still lingering too across parts of the midland and north wales. that will begin to ease, also fizzle out as we head through the overnight
period. the showers generally becoming confined to northern scotland but we could see more cloud pushing back in to wales and south—west england later, bringing mistiness and patchy rain and dress.. it is a mild night for most, could dip into single figures in scotland and the far north of ng linoleate. 0urfrontal scotland and the far north of ng linoleate. 0ur frontal system still with us tomorrow, still slow—moving, bringing cloud and still some patchy rain tied in, particularly through the morning in wales and south—west england. still this zone of cloud and rain. looks like the showers tomorrow once again will be mostly confined to the far north. so away from this zone of cloud in northern england and the midlands, should see spells of sunshine. 0nce england and the midlands, should see spells of sunshine. once again especially in east anglia and south—east england which will help temperatures up to 23 celsius, but just 11 celsius for the northern isles and a cool day across northern ireland as well. through sunday night and into monday, looks like we will lose the rain in england and wales but keep the showers going
across scotland, and also a cooler north—westerly wind setting up as we head into monday. that is quite a moist airflow so we will see a lot of cloud round as we start monday morning. we will see one or two showers feeding in on the north—westerly wind. most should have a dry day and the best of brightness or sunshine will be in eastern counties of scotland and england but certainly a cooler feeling day to start the new week, with highs of round 16 to 20 celsius. now for the week ahead, little change really, you will see temperatures round about average, could get warmer by the end of the week but on most days there will be a lot of cloud with the north—westerly wind, it will bring in one or two showers but the week ahead is looking quiet and mostly dry.
a state of emergency is declared in haiti after a powerful earthquake, measuring 7—point—2 magnitude. at least 29 people have been killed. the last major city in northern afghanistan — mazar—i—sharif — reportedly falls to the taliban, as president ghani says that remobilising the military is his top priority. translation: our dear country, afghanistan, is in serious - danger of instability. the reintegration of the security and defence forces is our priority and we are taking serious measures to deal with this. in the uk — there are questions for police, about why it chose to return a shotgun licence to the man who killed 5 people in the uk's worst mass shooting since 2010.some clinically vulnerable children. in england are struggling to get a covid vaccine, nearly four weeks after they were added to the rollout. and a major us study says july was the world's hottest month ever recorded.
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