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ttorneys ♪ ♪ call one eight hundred, eight million ♪ hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. ahead on cnn newsroom. >> evacuation of thousands of people is going to be hard and painful no matter when it started, when we began. >> president biden under growing pressure as chaos unfolds at kabul's airport with about
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20,000 people still waiting to be evacuated. plus, the fda could give full approval to a covid vaccine for the first time today, and it can't come soon enough with deaths and hospital admissions rising in the u.s. and from deadly floods in tennessee to tropical storm henri, hitting parts of the u.s. northeast. we will discuss the impact climate change is having on extreme weather. well, a week after the fall of kabul, close to 20,000 people are still waiting to be evacuated out of the afghan capital's airport. a source says new restrictions means only americans and u.s. green cards and nato citizens are being admitted into the airport, while special visas are not. this comes as joe biden says there is active talk about
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extending u.s. troop presence in the country past the deadline at the end of this month. but it's not clear if the taliban will play ball. >> we are working diligently to make sure we have increased the ability to get them out. we have changed the gate operations and the whole range of things, and that's why we have been able to significantly increase the number of people we are getting out. >> will the taliban agree to an extension -- >> we discussed a lot with the taliban. they've been cooperative in extending some of the perimeter. that remains to be seen whether we ask that question. >> meanwhile, a source says hundreds of afghan staff at the u.s. embassy remain trapped and haven't been brought to the airport. and as the taliban tighten their hold on the country, their enemies say they are ready to negotiate. northern alliance leader ha mad massoud and his forces have clashed with the taliban over the past week and militants gave
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him a sunday deadline to surrender. >> we are not fighting a geography. we are not fighting one province. we are defending the whole country in one province. that's what's happening and we want to make taliban realize that the only way forward is through negotiation and talk, and we are talking to them and we want -- we do not want war to break out and to happen. >> meanwhile, we are following developments at kabul's airport after reports of a fire fight. cnn's nick payton walsh joins me now from doha. nick, let's start with that. what is the latest you are hearing on the fire fight? >> reporter: yeah, this is an instance understand at 4:00 in the morning where a sniper, it's unclear who he was affiliated with, fired on the base, hitting an afghan security force. along with the americans, there were lots of afghan, mostly former special forces, assisting them with the security on that
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base. that shot killed one of the afghans, and the afghans then returned fire in the general vicinity of that shot, but it seems also in that direction were some u.s. marines who thought they were under attack and they fired back towards the afghans, it seems, injuring four of them. they're all under stable condition. my understanding this being one of the worst exchanges i've heard of since this crisis began has resulted in the sniper killing one afghan and this misunderstanding leaving four of them needing medical attention. it shows you how volatile the situation is. it shows you there is some force off the base trying to harass the security, come pat inland with the -- americans, but as you well know, afghan forces are often off the table when it comes to those negotiations. but the situation on the base is just as bad as it was when we last spoke. it's extraordinary because they are still at 20,000 on the base
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despite the announcement yesterday, the 8,000 were taken off, what secretary of state anthony blinken said in the 36-hour period. i understand from a source in the situation the afghan security forces possibly have a separate channel of their own sliding people in discretely. unclear really, but there is confusion as to how that number is remaining relatively high. in the next 24 hours, i am told they are anticipating 30-plus c-17s to land on that airport and take people out. and that's unsure what we are seeing is the speed of departure. does that then reduce the total number of people on the base? that should be the case because i also understand that they are now, from this point onwards today, only taking american citizens and nato citizens or green card holders for the u.s. onto the base.
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that will reduce the in flow, but it will also, of course, make many feeling they are eligible for siv status among the afghan population disappointed that decision is taken if it is permanent. robin -- sorry. >> that's what i wanted to ask, this is a temporary position here. we had heard from president biden that he was going to get some of these afghans out who had helped the u.s. forces. >> reporter: yeah, look, it's potentially indefinite, this operation. i mean, there is an unknown number of americans in afghanistan. there are tens of thousands, special immigrant visa applicants. there are tens of thousands hoping they would be eligible for that who may well qualify if there is enough time for the paperwork to be processed. so it is an exceptionally large task. president joe biden yesterday hinted at the idea of going over the august 31st deadline for
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pulling u.s. troops completely out of afghanistan. i'm sure the taliban will have an opinion about that. we are left in this week remaining in which either nato has to say we're staying longer than we said to get these people out, or in which they have to start leaving. to me the fact that the gates are closed doesn't appear it is about to change. the only priority is for nato and american sit steps and green card holders. and the fact they already have 20,000 on the base does make it sound like they are not looking to expand the numbers that can get on -- the taliban, from a source close to the situation, are actually filtering people's documents, checking people getting on and off -- sorry, on the base. now, that obviously is a security benefit because it doesn't mean that we are dealing with the volatile situation where there are u.s. american troops trying to get people on and off. it does mean taliban can control who can come on. we are looking at a tight window here potentially.
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we've certainly got at least four days maybe in which they need all of that to get who they have on the base off, and then there is a question of how long does it take to get the troops off the base which is going to be a matter of days as well. so a very tight window here unless these discussions amongst leaders extend and that has huge perils. >> nick payton walsh joining us live from doha. many thanks. well, for thousands of afghans waiting at kabul airport, the choice to leave the country after the taliban takeover might be an obvious one, but that doesn't make it any less painful. they are leaving family members, friends, and their entire lives behind. cnn's sam kiley hears from some of them. >> reporter: we've landed just a few moments ago here at kabul international airport, and clearly the pace of evacuation has been picking up. there are planes leaving pretty regularly now, and large numbers of refugees -- of evacuees
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getting ready to get on those flights. this is a group that are heading into qatar where they are hoping then to either stay there or move on. you were about to leave. what is going through your mind and your heart at the moment? >> yeah, actually i've told this many times, that right now i have a mixed feeling. being a journalist myself, probably i'm lucky enough to leave because of a lot of choice that exists here. i am also leaving a family, whole family behind and a lot of friends behind, and also most of -- most importantly, my city kabul that i have been raised here. that's really -- it seems that i am just taking one piece of my soul, but leaving a lot of pieces back in home. so it's really strange. i don't know how to describe this. am i happy, am i sad? with these new rulers, i'm sure
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they will not leave us any space to be here. >> reporter: that must break your heart. >> of course, certainly. it's already broken, but that is reality. >> reporter: your heart's already broken? >> yes, yes, yes. yes. >> reporter: good luck. >> thank you. >> reporter: it's not just the personal tragedies that are so heartbreaking here. it is the tragedy of afghanistan itself. for 20 years, so many people believed that they would receive western support. they believed in the evolution of female education, of the arts, of cinema. they thought they had a future. now that future is getting on an aircraft and leaving. as one of the evacuees just said to me, afghanistan is seeing a total brain drain. sam kiley, cnn, kabul international airport. >> u.s. president joe biden says there is still a long way to go before all americans and afghan
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allies are out of the country. but says the time of effort to keep planes taking off will move forward. cnn's arlette saenz has more from the white house. >> reporter: president biden once again pledged to get all americans out of afghanistan safely, and said the u.s. troops may need to remain in the country past the august 31st draw down deadline in order to make that happen. the president said discussions are underway with his team about the progress of evacuations, and he said he does hope they will be able to leave by august 31st, so it will be dependent on the status of americans who are in afghanistan. now, the president's remarks came as he addressed the country for the third time since kabul fell to the taliban. and while the president offered these assurances about evacuating americans and afghan allies safely and in a quick manner, he also said that there is still room for something to go wrong in this process.
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take a listen. >> there's no way to evacuate this many people without pain and loss of heartbreaking images you see on television. it's just a fact. my heartaches for those people you see. we are proving we can move thousands of people a day out of kabul. we're bringing our citizens, nato allies, afghanis who helped us in the war effort. but we have a long way to go, and a lot could still go wrong. >> reporter: the president is facing incredible pressure not just to get americans out of afghanistan, but to evacuate those afghan allies who worked closely with the u.s. over the course of the 20-year war in afghanistan. the president said those siv applicants will be able to come to the united states and insisted they will be thoroughly vetted before they travel to the u.s. the evacuees are leaving the kabul airport and heading to a third-party site or operating
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base where that vet sergio garcia underway. president biden later this week is also preparing to once again speak with foreign leaders. he will attend, virtually attend a g7 leader meeting where afghanistan will be a focus. there are so many questions from allies about the u.s. response in afghanistan and what the future holds. arlette saenz, cnn, the white house. >> on the whole, americans support the decision to leave afghanistan, but they believe the withdrawal was mishandled. here's what a new cbsgov poll found. 47% approveful how president biden handled the withdrawal, 53% disapprove. 63% approve of removing troops overall. meanwhile, 59% of people believe the u.s. isn't doing enough to help afghans leave, and 81% want to see afghans who worked for the u.s. be able to take refuge
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there. well, coming up here on cnn newsroom, in just a matter of hours, the u.s. food and drug administration could grant full approval for a covid vaccine. we will talk to a doctor about what that could mean for the fight to end this pandemic. plus how a growing number of unvaccinated covid patients are filling up hospitals in kenya and overwhelming the country's health care system. we're back in just a moment. so you can enjoy it even if you're sensitive to dairy. so anyone who says lactaid isn't real milk is also saying mabel here isn't a real cow. and she really hates that. for your best back to school smile, crest has you covered. nice smile, brad! nice! thanks!? crest, the #1 toothpaste brand in america.
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three-day strooek of administering more than 1 million vaccine doses daily, with the number dipping slightly on sunday. meanwhile, former u.s. president donald trump held a rally saturday night. when he started talking about vaccines, this happened. >> i believe totally in your freedoms, i do. you have to do what you have to do. but, i recommend take the vaccines. i did it, it's good. take the vaccines. but -- no, that's okay, that's all right. you got your freedoms. but i happen to take the vaccine. if it doesn't work, you'll be the first to know. >> eric topol is professor of molecular medicine at scripps research and joins me from la jolla in california. always good to have you with us, doctor. >> thanks so much, rosemary. >> so, the u.s. is averaging 1,000 covid deaths a day now, and yet about 30% of all
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eligible adults are still not vaccinated. how likely is it full approval of the pfizer vaccine which could happen in a matter of hours from now would encourage a large portion of those people to get vaccines and encourage institutions to mandate them? >> well, you touched on the two different pathways by which this should be extremely helpful. for one, there are a lot of people who have just been waiting to get the blessing of the fda, this is no longer considered an emergency authorization. and secondly so many organ organizations, health systems, private companies have been waiting in the wings to get this legal authority to require vaccination. so it should be a real big boost and we sure do need it. >> let's hope so. of course, i did want to ask you
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how you do congrvince the less vaccinated population. president trump encouraged his followers. >> i wish he had started last year. it's ironic here he was getting booed by this. we have a lot of work to do. there's just too many people. we need to get everyone either vaccinated or if they've had prior covid, that would provide some immunity. we have a long ways to go to get this delta immunity while built for the united states. >> and, doctor, the fda is still waiting for the necessary data it needs from pfizer to go ahead and authorize the vaccination of kids under 12 years of age. so they probably won't be able to get access to those shots until the beginning of fall or perhaps the beginning of winter. yet the governors of florida, texas and arizona refuse to
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mandate masks for schools. dr. scott gottlieb says the south could be a harbinger for the u.s. as schools reopen. do you share his concerns? and why do you think governors are willing to expose these kids and families to possible infection? >> you're really bringing up a critical point here, rosemary. this past week was the first after many when we started to see a drop off in case growth. so here we have a chance to turn this around with the delta wave. schools have been opening up in the south. there have been many outbreaks reported. we really have to tighten up and this is the wrong message that's happening there, as you mentioned in florida and many other places. masks are certainly helpful. but things like rapid testing, things they could be doing on a daily basis as we get schools back all over the country which we're not really doing well.
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>> so why do you think these governors are going against medical advice? >> unfortunately this is the whole politicization of the pandemic from the get go. we just keep seeing it. if you said, don't mandate the mask, no, we're going to mandate them. that's kind of the way things are going here. so artificially polarized, we should be in our front to take on the version of the virus we've seen. >> astounding, doctor. i did want to ask you this. the surgeon general has raised concerns about some americans using an antipair sid i can livestock drug to treat their covid-19. many have been calling the hotline because it's making them sick. how do they turn to treatments
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like this due to information they have online? when they have a covid vaccine available to them for free. what is your view? >> we are only permitting it to be tested in a clinical trial. we don't have proof that it works. it may be what we saw with hydroxychloroquine. we keep having people put out misinformation about the drug and the people who are in that anti-vax camp or seriously undermining the importance of vaccines are also the ones who are pushing ivermectin unfortunately. >> doctor, thank you for talking with us. we appreciate you. >> sure. he in east africa a surge in covid cases is getting the attention of vaccine-hesitant
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kenyans as hospitals and morgues are pushed to the absolute limit. cnn's scott mclane joins me from nairobi. good to see you. what's behind this vaccine in kenya and hospitals and deaths changing people's minds about getting the shot? >> reporter: hey, rosemary. kenyans like many people all over the country found reasons not to get vaccinated. maybe they heard the conspiracy theories, they're not sure what's in it, where it's coming from, maybe they heard someone who died from the virus after they were vaccinated. you have tribal beliefs and taboos to contend with as well. in kenya they do not have enough vaccines to supply the entire population, not even close. that is costing lives. the good news is that attitudes are slowly changing only because
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hospitals are filling up and people are dying. in the kenyan county, they say they have never been so busy. over the past few weeks, delta variant has turned funeral business into a lucrative one. lately i the demand for caskets have tripled. not all the men building them want the vaccine. >> do you want it? >> no, no, no. >> reporter: around town it's more of the same. >> why should i take something i don't have? i don't know what it will do to my body. >> and if with capital letters. if you understand it you can do it. for now it's no. >> across the country nearly 2% of kenyans are vaccinated. it's been a problem since day
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one. now it's not the only one. all 31 beds at this hospital are occupied. when a new patient shows up they are simply turned around. most of the patients here are unvaccinated. not because they couldn't get the vaccine, but because they chose not to take it. >> we have dose reservations. we had our own fears. that's probably why. when you ask why they didn't get it, it's available. the majority has issues. >> reporter: the hospital has a newly installed oxygen compressor, but it is not enough to meet demand. there are no intensive care beds. on this day four patients are in desperate need but likely won't find one. >> yes, i would admit the situation is dire. we have not been here before. >> reporter: are hospitals having to turn people away? >> oh, yes. because even in kenya, we have
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nowhere to take you. >> reporter: the governor of the largely rural county says kenyans have been slow to recognize the seriousness of the virus. he said many people chose not to get the vaccine. people who got the first shot have not returned for the second. blood clots from the astrazeneca and misinformation has contributed. >> i think with covid-19, some of us are still in denial. they are still holding onto traditional beliefs. across africa. >> but as the hospitals and morgues fill up, some attitudes are changing. from small towns and villageages to the capital nairobi. >> that convinced me. if this will prevent me from dying hopefully, i would rather take it. >> back at the hospital, another body leaves for the morgue in what lately has become a daily
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routine here. every digt a tragedy. many entirely preventable. how does that make you feel? >> demoralizing, breaking. it breaks somebody's heart, yes, it breaks. >> reporter: the silver lining here, rosemary, is many of the people who we met were on the fence or hesitant to take the vaccine said their minds are open. they can be persuaded. you have to believe a well coordinated education campaign can get them on board. the more immediate issue in this part of the world is undoubtedly vaccine supply. kenya just took in a brand-new shipment from the uk. even if they used every available dose that it had, it would vaccinate less than 3% of the population, rosemary. >> let's hope they take what's
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available. scott mclane in nairobi, thanks. communities left reeling after devastating parts of the tennessee. we will take you there as clean-up efforts get underway. plus, henri has weakened to a tropical depression. it is a threat to the northeast. we'll tell you where it's headed next.
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it's devastating loss of life. over the last couple of days, we lost four people in this event than we did in the train explosion in 1979. but we've seen the community come together.
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>> and that was the police and fire chief in waverly, tennessee, talking about the heart break his community is feeling after severe flooding left at least 21 people dead over the weekend. and this video gives you a sense of the extensive damage, but the scope of the devastation that comes clear once you get up close. paula with cnn affiliate had this on sunday. >> reporter: i'll show you guys what we're seeing. one of the first images, we saw this, the photographer nikki just pointed this out to me. so here is the foundation of a house. the house itself went across this road and all the way on the left there. where nikki is pointing, that's where the house is. it went from this foundation, there's his finger again, all the way to right over there, across the road.
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this is insane, this is one of the few things we've seen here in waverly. but there is countless more. i'm going to walk over this way. this is the creek here. this is a car just turned over on its side. if you look down the creek there -- i wish i could zoom in, but we can't -- no, we cannot. there's one, two, three more cars down there. this is a pile, a pile of debris here. >> unbelievable. and right now search and recovery efforts are underway for around 20 people who are still missing. meanwhile, residents in these communities are just beginning to pickup the pieces. cnn's nick valencia is there. >> reporter: the governor of tennessee called it devastating and looking at the images you can certainly understand why. we tried to make our way safely to the hardest-hit area but encountered washed out roads and downed bridges and the remnants of the storm system that moved
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through humphreys county over the weekend. according to the national weather service, 17 inches of rain fell in the span of 24 hours. in talking to residents, they say it felt like somebody was outside of their home with a fire hose and just relentless. that water continuing to come down. 3 inches of rain consecutive for three hours straight. the devastation is all around. and as the week begins, the clean-up will continue over the weekend. search and rescue crews went door to door trying to account for the missing. dozens of missing are still unaccounted for. according to local eyewitnesses, there was a housing project behind a dollar general store where several residents they say tried to make their way to the rooftops but were swept away by the water. this week we'll continue with a lot of search and recovery effort in the days ahead. nick valencia, cnn, humphreys county, tennessee. henri has weakened to a tropical depression, but poses a threat to the northeastern u.s..
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the storm has slowed significantly since making landfall early sunday. a flash flood watch is in effect until monday evening for parts of central new york and northeast pennsylvania. henri came ashore as a tropical storm along the coast of rhode island. meteorologist derek van dam is there tracking some of the developments. >> new england is in damage assessment mode with tropical storms passing across western rhode island. it made landfall in westerly, rhode island. this is the newport harbor. you can see occasionally we get tropical storm force gusts. the rain has come to an end and we were spared the worst that the tropical storm could have potentially brought to this region. but at the peak of tropical storm henri, there were numerous trees that fell across some of the coastal communities knocking out power. this is a state and a region that is very vulnerable to power outages, especially when tropical systems move through just like this.
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there were over 100,000 people without power at one stage. and in rhode island alone over 75,000 customers without power. now, the concern going forward as the temperatures start to rebound in the coming days, those still without electricity will have to deal with the oppressive heat and humidity that is going to build in across the eastern seaboard which will make life very difficult for anyone living across this region. but as this storm starts to peter itself out, rain itself out across the northeast, still the ongoing threat for flooding. we'll be monitoring that very closely across new england. i'm senior meteorologist derek van dam in newport, rhode island. back to you. >> let's bring in meteorologist pedram javaheri. let's look at the tropical storm. where is it heading? >> 12, 13 kilometers per hour, it's still moving to the west, northwest. so it is still moving away from the water. we do expect a sharp right turn
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within the next several hours and gradually pulling off back towards the east. that's the concern. it's already rained here quite a bit in the past 24 hours. we know the month of july brought in the wettest month on record for new york state as well as the state of massachusetts. and a tropical depression by the name of fred moved across this region in the last week-and-a-half or so that made this area saturated. we have winds of 50, 60, 70 miles per hour, up around near hurricane force. it's not going to take much to bring trees down. that's why we saw 100,000 customers without power. rainfall amounts again exceeding 200 in a few spots there from brooklyn up towards cranberry, new jersey, there picking up 226 millimeters in just 24 hours. right now moveling away from the coast, but in the next few hours, makes a sharp right turn and gradually moves back to the water where it originated from and rains itself out in this region. so we do expect another round of maybe 4 to 6 inches before it's
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all said and done, especially on the far eastern coast line there of, say, massachusetts into parts of vermont and new hampshire. that's why the weather service does give an elevated risk here. level 3 on a scale of 1 to 4 for excessive rainfall in portions of new england. we also saw what's happening in the state of tennessee. incredible amount of the rainfall. cannot overstate the incredible amount of rainfall that occurred here. don't see this very often. the all-time wettest number for tennessee. a one in 1,000 year event off the charts when it comes to how much water was available for this amount of rainfall to occur. a .1% chance of something like this happening, rosemary. with climate change we talked about these events happening more likely. when you see 1 in 1,000 happening this weekend, you node it's a serious story in tennessee. >> absolutely. pedram javaheri, many thanks.
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the associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at princeton university joins me now. thank you so much. >> thank you, rosemary. >> absolutely. we have been witnessing extreme weather conditions across the globe for sometime. we are now seeing hurricane henri in the northeast, deadly flash floods in tennessee and across europe. heat waves, bushfires, droughts, how big a part is climate change playing in all of this? >> well, it is difficult to determine if extreme event is caused by climate change. but studies have been able to show that climate change has made some extreme events more likely to happen and with higher impacts. particularly we know that warm air can hold more moisture and thus climate change can increase rainfall associated with
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hurricanes and other weather systems such as the severe new england flooding in tennessee as you mentioned. as hurricanes change the storm, it increases strengthening, slowing down and moving further inland of the storms. and also if we talk about coastal flooding, a very important factor is sea level rise. in our previous studies, we found that sea level rise is dominant in changing the coastal flood risk including new england. although hurricane klei ma to angie change can affect the risk of low lying regions. >> if nothing is done about this, can we expect more droughts, heat waves, fires ahead? what will life look like in five
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or ten years from now? >> well, we can make projections of these kind of events on the different and climate change scenarios. we still have opportunities to mitigate some of these effects, although we may not be able to mitigate all of them as climate is already changing. so we would have to, on the one hand, mitigate the risk, and on the other hand also reduce the mission to avoid this event if we don't dereduce the emissions we can see the future will not be that bad if we can control the emissions. >> so, how would you compare hurricane henri with previous storms affecting the northeast
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like hurricane sandy in 2012? and what might the signal for coastal regions and life for coastal areas going forward, will it no longer be viable, perhaps? >> well, hurricane sandy comes to mind. hurricane sandy and henri are similar in that they both hit higher latitude regions where people have less experience with hurricanes. it can affect higher lat tutor regions. the low intensity, the storms can still cause intense damage. so that we have to understand the storm changes not only in the track intensity frequency, but also size to be better prepared. >> ming lin, thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate it. >> thank you. and just ahead here on cnn
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in fact, vice president kamala harris using the word enduring to describe this relationship quite a few times during the press conference that followed the bilateral meeting. the press conference was delayed for quite sometime, i wonder if it's because of the volume of issues on the table. she mentioned the pandemic, climate crisis, all these issues being part of this new era she describes, the issues that nations need to talk about, but she reaffirmed and talked about reenlisting the u.s. commitment in the region. when the journalist, however, started asking questions after the presser, they were mostly interested in afghanistan, and they wanted to draw some opinion from the vice president and also from the prime minister of singapore wu. as for vice president harris, she would not be stopped on opinions and stuck to the main line. have a listen. >> right now we are singularly
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focused on evacuating american citizens, afghans including women and children. that is our single focus at this time, understanding that we have a priority in making sure that the people that in particular helped america achieve its responsibilities in terms of our priorities. the reason we went to afghanistan in the first place, we have a responsibility and we feel a deep commitment to making sure folks who helped us are safe. >> reporter: and it is pointing out it isn't just the singaporean agenda as well. all of them asking the same question, afghanistan dominated headlines around the visit in
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singapore. much to look forward to. she is going to look at the uss tulsa here. >> thank you. amid the disparate scramble to leave afghanistan, a baby is born in the military plane carrying afghani evacuees.
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the heartbreaking images we've seen of afghans trying to flee the country have laid bare the desperation so many are feeling. amid the chaos and despair, there have also been some small moments of joy. cnn's atika shubert shares one such story. >> reporter: amid the chaos a baby girl born in the cargo bay of the c-17 carrying afghani vac wees. as the plane landed, the 86 medical group rushed in to safely deliver here. the air base in germany has become the latest hub for evacuation floods out of afghanistan. cnn filmed some of the flights
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landing in 24 hours, officials say, and more to come. here there is safety, basic shelter, food and water, but it is only a temporary measure. many here do not know where they will go next or how. but for the moment there is reason to celebrate new life. >> the ca pass at the air base. even though flights are not coming in on sunday evening, they are expected to continue monday morning. so it is filling up fast and it's still not clear where evacuees will go to next. atika shubert, cnn at the air base in germany. and to find out how you can help afghan refugees, just go to and thank you so much for joining us. i'm rosemary church. i will be back with more news in just a moment.
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hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and around the world. i'm rosemary church. ahead on "cnn newsroom." there's no way to evacuate this many people without pain, heartbreaking loss you see on images on television. we have a long way to go. >> thousands of people remain trapped in kabul. we'll have a live report on the latest evacuation efforts at the airport. destroying rural towns in tennessee is destroyed by flooding


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