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for your free decision guide. hello everyone, i'm john vause. ahead here on cnn newsroom, he has suffered no injury, no basis for court relief, so there's no basis for court relief at. all that's white succeeded. u.s. prosecutors pushed back on team trump's legal demand for an independent third party review of evidence taken by the fbi from the former presidents home. a four-day mission by international inspectors to secure europe's biggest nuclear power plant, just as ukrainian offensive targets russia's forces in the south. and the death of the last leader of the soviet union, mikhail gorbachev lost an empire, but change the world forever.
♪ ♪ ♪ >> live from cnn center, this is cnn newsroom with john vause. >> damning new details this hour with the fbi search of donald trump's mar-a-lago estate. the justice department says confidential documents were likely concealed and removed from storage to obstruct its investigation. the revelations are part of the departments court filings against trump's request for a special master to review evidence seized from mar-a-lago. the justice department also argues that trump lacks standing to intervene in a federal investigation, because the documents belong to the government, not to him. more now from cnn political correspondent sara murray, reporting in from washington. >> the justice department weighing in with its side of the story of what happened in the run up and in the aftermath of the search at mar-a-lago. this is all part of the court battle that's playing out over
whether there should be a special master, an independent third party, appointed to review the documents that the fbi seized when they search mar-a-lago. now, the trump team has argued they want the special master. the justice department, in a late night filing, said they did not believe it was necessary. they said the government has already completed its work in going through-ing the documents, it segregated any attorney-client privilege information. and he also said that donald trump does not have the standing to intervene in this. these are not his documents. these are the property of the government. but, they also laid out their clear rebuttal to what the trump team has been saying. the trump team has been saying the former president was cooperative with the justice department. they suggested that the search at mar-a-lago was over the top. in this filing, the justice department lays out what they found out in this august surge. they said they found over 100 unique documents with classified markings. and this is important because they say this is twice as many documents as what the trump
team produced after they had been subpoena. so, they had an opportunity, they said that they handed over everything as a result of the subpoena. and what the justice department is saying is no, we found 100 unique documents with classified markings. they also included a photo that show the cover sheets, the classifications, sort of a sample of what they. found and in his, filing they also said that there are documents that were likely concealed and removed from mar-a-lago from a storage room there, in an attempt to obstruct the justice departments investigation. now, this court fight is going to continue. donald trump side has until wednesday evening to respond. and there is going to be a hearing on this matter on thursday. sara murray, cnn, washington. >> let's go live to los angeles now. cnn legal analysis and attorney areva martin is with us. areva, thank you for staying with us. if we look at this in total, it just adds to what i feel has been a damning story since it
first broke. not only to have this fbi filing now that outlines a number of documents that recovered. that as to earlier statements which came from the trump team themselves, that they knew that these documents were classified. i mean, this just goes from bad to worse, it seems. >> yeah, absolutely, john, you have to question the reasoning and logic behind the trump team's filing of this request for special. master there is no winning position for trump at this point. even if a masters appointed, it is not going to stop this investigation into trump and potentially others who were involved in concealing documents from the department of justice. at best, it may slow down the investigation. but it will not end that investigation. and, it gave the justice department an opportunity to lay out its facts and refute those misstatements, and just plain lies, that have been told by donald trump and many of supporters. if donald trump had not made that motion for a special master, we would never have this information.
we would not know that there were 100 classified documents recover from mar-a-lago. we would know the documents were stuff in trump's private office, and desk in his office. we would not know the documents were moved around by members, individual inside mar-a-lago. so, so much of this information, the doj had not revealed and would not have revealed, but was forced in response to this request. huge misstep on the part of donald trump and his legal team. >> something which struck me about, it it was also written in very plain, easy to understand english, not a lot of legal jargon in there, all very straightforward. which seems very much unlike the justice department in some ways. >> yeah, i think this was a statement by the justice department. this was its way of, the equivalent of holding a press conference, of getting in front of an audience, in front of a camera, in front of a microphone, and laying out the facts of this case. and refuting so many of the
misstatements that had been made by trump and others over the last few weeks. we have just heard, you know, excuse after excuse that trump did not know the documents were there. the documents were planted by the doj, that trump had somehow declassified all these documents. you just heard this ever evolving story on the part of donald trump. but now, we get the facts. and as you said, in very plain, easy to understand language. and they are not good. they show a donald trump taking classified documents that belong to the u.s. government away from the white house and handling them in such a cavalier -- fashion. literally putting top assets and other secrets of the u.s. at risk. and it is really conduct that the justice department is investigating, not just as a mishap but, as a potential criminal conduct that could lead to an indictment of donald trump and even of the lawyers who signed off on statements saying they had turned over all of the classified documents,
which we now know that was a false statement. >> just with respect to the need for an independent review, a third party to look at this evidence, the justice department this point. in any event, the governor's filter team has already completed its work on segregating any seized materials that are potentially subject to attorney client privilege. the gunman's investigative team has already reviewed all of the remaining materials. in other words, they know, they say it's already been done, it's done weeks ago, several days ago, rather. the trump team would have known that. is this part of a frivolous, you know, application, misuse of law, which you've seen over and over again by team trump? >> absolutely, john, we've seen this tactic used by donald trump over and over again. he fouls frivolous lawsuits. he has oftentimes some of the worst lawyers in the country representing him. we know he has struggled to find quality legal representation. and this case is no different. in fact, the judge in this case, who is a trump appointee, has had to literally walk the legal
team through this process of even, you know, properly requesting the special master. and we know he does things to just delay and deflect, because that is part and parcel of how he continues to perpetuate what is a big lie. and in this case, the big lie is somehow he was harmed, that he was treated unfairly. and also, john, i think what has been so revealing to me about this 36-page response is the efforts, the repeated efforts of the department of justice to work with donald trump to, you know, negotiate the return of these documents, and the repeated lies, the repeated efforts on the part of trump to conceal these documents. and we still do not know. john, why does he have those documents? what purpose does an ex president have, you know, but possibly could be as motivation for taking over 100 classified documents from the white house? >> if it was not a former president that, you know, had these classified documents,
just an ordinary joe citizen, how would they be treated? >> i think we would already have seen an indictment. everything that happens with former president donald trump, because we have no president in this country for a president behaving in a way that donald trump behaves, we have no precedent for a president who believes he is somehow immune, above the law, that government property belongs to him, that does not recognize that he was an employee of u.s. government, and when that job is over, you know, all the rights and privileges and it at that moment. so, it would be, it's very clear to me that if this were someone other than donald trump, we would not be engaged in this extensive negotiation that is happening with the department of justice. i do not think they would have taken 18 months before executing a search warrant had this been anyone else other than the president of the united states. and as soon as they had information that there were documents taken from the white house that did not belong to this person, that were top
secret classified documents, they asked for them back. the person refused to return them. i am pretty certain they would've gone in with a search warrant, retrieve those documents, and we be looking at indictments. rather than having to fight over should some third-party be appointed to review documents that have already been reviewed by the investigation team. >> yeah, and the pixie dust magic over declassifying information which doesn't exist. areva, thank you so much for being with us, we appreciate that. >> thanks, john. >> we will take a short break. when we come back, un inspectors on their way to access the zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, as safety concerns continue to grow. the latest on their mission in a moment. ok with priceline. 'cause when you save more, you can “no way!” more. no wayyyy. no waaayyy! no way! [phone ringing] hm. no way! no way! priceline. every trip is a big deal. so we need something super disctintive. dad's work, meet daughter's playtime. wait 'till you hear this— thankfully, meta portal helps reduce background noise.
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un nuclear inspectors are now on their way to the ukrainian capital kyiv, to the evaporates yet nuclear power plant, which remains under russian control, amid fighting in the reason. ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy said their mission is urgent. he met tuesday with the head of the joint energy agency and. kyiv zelenskyy is calling for the immediate withdrawal of all russian troops from the nuclear plant. ukraine and russia blame each other for shelling around the plant in recent weeks.
but ukraine's president says russian forces pose the greatest risk. that warning from zelenskyy comes as ukraine ramps up its counter offensive to retake russian occupied territory in the south. ukraine officials say troops have broken through russian defenses in several areas in the kherson region. cnn's sam kiley is there. >> a lightning advance by ukraine against russia leaves a wounded landscape almost emptied of people. ukraine claims to have broken through russian frontline's close to here, capturing several villages in a new counter offensive. we've been stopped at a roadblock about a kilometer short of where they say they're been incoming fire in the last 24 hours. we can see very clearly here, in the history lines, the three lines were all occupied by ukrainian forces until 24 hours ago with the beginning of this counteroffensive. this has clearly been a location where there's been pretty heavy fighting. the fighting is now concentrated, we understand, from soldiers we've spoken to
here, close to the front line. five or six kilometers beyond. and beyond that lies the ultimate goal of kherson. the regional capital, captured by russia in march, was rocked by fighting, russia said today. its forces claimed to have wiped out a ukrainian partisan cell in a firefight. who actually won the skirmish is unclear. but the city has been the center of ukrainian resistance for months. ukraine says it has damaged the bridges connecting it to the russian held left bank of the dnieper river, cutting off key supply lines for the russians. >> [interpreter] they ma continue to try to set up a ferry crossing, but the whole area where it can be deployed is also under our fire control and will be hit. >> russia's claim to have held off an offensive in which it lost at least four villages in 48 hours, according to
ukrainian military sources. maria and her husband kostya stayed on her farm in ukraine's frontline throughout the war to feed their livestock. he months of shelling have left her shaking. this week, she has endured jets streaming overhead as ukrainian fighters attacked russian targets. >> [interpreter] i hid inside the house. my heart was jumping out every time. i was screaming so loud when the planes were flying over. i was so scared. god save us. >> for now, though, survival means getting the harvest in. this may be a long war. winter is close at hand. sam kiley, cnn, in southern ukraine. >> join us this hour pulitzer prize-winning -- he's also see a national political analysts as well as white house national security correspondent for the new york times. it's good to see. >> great to be back with you. >> so, ukraine's push to
liberate kherson began with strikes on russian command post, as well as hitting supply lines and escape routes for the russian troops. so far, this does not look like the battle of the. bulge it's -- a lot more strategic it. seems in the coming days, there will be an expectation of air and ground operations wrapping up. when that happens, will the ukrainians be able to hand on to those early wins, but also getting to make new gains? and what is the russian fight back look like? how messy and how brutal could this potentially get? >> well, we do not know yet, because we do not really have much visibility into the actual fight that's going on in kherson. and while the ukrainians have talked a lot about the preparations for this, we do not know whether or not they actually have the capability of gaining land and holding it. some of the ukrainian gains in recent times, particularly in the past three months, have been temporary. in other cases, they have gotten the russians to turn
around. i think the big question that american commanders had is whether or not the ukrainians were ready for this. there is some concern that they may have been moving too quickly, that they didn't really have a plan fully set up yet. but of course, you never know what's the level of russian resistance is going to be, especially after their humiliating retreat from kyiv just five months ago. >> in the coming days, as this counteroffensive goes on, un nuclear inspectors are expected below 150 miles by road from kherson to the zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which has already been hit by artillery fire. are their chances of some kind of catastrophic strike increases of the fighting ramps up. the u.s. crisis commissioner made this demand on tuesday, no nuclear power plant should ever be used as a war theater, it is unacceptable that civilian lives are put in danger. all military action around the zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant must stop immediately. but military actions are only going to increase, it seems.
but beyond a military strike on the planet, if this ukrainian counter offensive gains traction, a nuclear meltdown when the six reactors would be a good way for putin and russia to reset that battlefield in a way. is that something the u.s. and nato would be preparing, for our prepared for, can they respond in any way without an escalation? >> you know, it's a really tough question. this is a use of a nuclear power plant that we have never really seen before. we have seen attacks on nuclear facilities. you will remember the israelis bombed an iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981, a syrian reactor back in 2007. both of those though were when the reactors were not full of fuel, and therefore, could not cause a radiation incident. and what the israelis try to do with that moment is stop those reactors from producing fuel that could be used for a weapon. this is completely different. in this case, the russians have occupied the reactor, or six
reactors, really, at the facility. and they're using it at minimum as a shield. but then also in some ways to intimidate the west, try to get them not to support ukraine, or to send additional forces. and to intimidate ukrainians with the potential of turning this into, their facility, into what would essentially be a giant dirty bomb. >> yeah, in case there is that giant dirty bomb, if you like it, or some other kind of nuclear disaster, cnn's reporting the eu is to deliver over 500 potassium iodine tablets to the ukraine to protect against potential radiation exposure. do those pills actually do anything if there is a core breach? >> they do one thing, which is they help fill up the thyroid, and thus, make the thyroid less likely to absorb more radiation. so, it does not deter much. but it certainly gets rid of what has been one of the most
common cancers, or cuts down on that. but let's face it, if there is a breach of one of the course, the radiation flow immediately in areas is only gonna be part of the problem. the u.s. has now called for a orderly shutdown of the reactor. so if they are struck, there is not a nuclear reaction and that. tied it cannot be melted down if already the court has cooled. so, interesting issue is that the ukrainians so far have declined to do that. now partly, this could be because they get 20% of their energy from this complex, the largest nuclear complex in europe. but part of it may also be that they are sort of daring the russians to trigger such an incident. so, it is a pretty dangerous situation. i am not really sure when the iaea, the international atomic energy association, inspectors make their, if they make their, if they are really empowered to
solve what is the core problem. >> yeah, because the russians are in control, the ukrainians to have the technicians there, and it is a messy situation say the least. >> that's right. >> david as always, appreciate it, thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> short break, when we come back, there's more details emerging about the confidential documents found at trump's mar-a-lago estate. what are the possible legal consequences facing the former u.s. president and those around him? seeing my daughter have a heart attack, it shook me. aspirin helps reduce the chance of another heart attack by 31%. be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.
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we are following breaking news about the justice department's filing on why a special master, an independent review, of evidence seized by the fbi from trump's mar-a-lago estate is not needed. this is written response to a filing by the trump team. let's go back to cnn analyst juliette kayem, and former attorney harry lippman. juliette, do you, prosecutors include a photo on the front cover of the document mark classified. what was your initial reaction when you saw? that and you have an example of what sort of intelligence or information in a general sense would be marked that way? >> so, okay, we do not know what those documents were laid out for the picture. but what we do know is there not in a protective facility, or anyways protected in ways that are described, that these documents are essentially lying around, is really the technical term to put it. so, those documents just from my experience, the red ones, and they're careful to protect what the markings would be, the
sort of top secret, in clinical terms, there is different markings, the information that would disclose sources and methods. why is that important? because a lot of information that's classified, lower classification levels, might be about sort of intelligence concerns, or generic fears about, there is a rising terror threat, we're concerned about china x y and z. what's these documents contained is information that be relevant for a president to know that say things like, you know, we have 12, you know, human assets that have infiltrated al-qaeda or isis. they are doing this and telling us that, right. in other words, it gets to the sources and methods. or, it might describe an intelligence gathering method we have. we're able to capture the telephone communications of putin, or whatever it is. these are the things you do not want to disclose to your enemies. or even to us, even to the public, because they go to the
question of how are we collecting this information. so, that's what those documents are, just to tell you. so you would not see those documents in the light of day in any state. you would not see them in a way in which they could be duplicated, which is a primary concern. you would not see them with your phone, in other words, you would have to give up your phone to see information like this. and then the rest of the stuff in the picture is somewhat redacted. you really cannot see its classification level. but the picture is, it's something you cannot justify. the information does not belong to donald trump. he is a private citizen, he should not retain this information. the information contains the highest levels of secrecy about americas sources and methods, and our intelligence gathering capabilities. and here they are at a hotel that is open to the public, being held by a former president, whose lawyers have already told us that they retained none of this information. it's a narrative they will try
to get out of. but that is basically what doj is saying. >> and harry, there are a range of reasons we can speculate all day long as to why these documents would end up at mar-a-lago. but in terms of prosecutions and crimes which are being committed, what's on the far end of seriousness, and what's on the low end of, not so serious in the terms of prosecution? >> it's all serious once he knows he has them and refuses to return them. yes, it would be -- your head spins to see this in the first place. and maybe it spends two times if he is actually trying in some way to parlay this into an advantage, or sell it, you know. but it is absolutely unnecessary in terms of the crime. the crime is just what's juliette said. i want to make one point about a skiff. anyone who's ever been in one season picture and has, like, a heart attack. you have to leave your phone out. you cannot bring it in, not
simply say you do not take picture. a good, a skilled adversary could potentially, if you bring your phone can themselves take pictures or over here things. i mean, we are talking about very wicked and ingenious adversaries. and, you know, documents strewn around on the floor just leave you incomplete cold sweat thinking about it. but to get to your question, it does not matter, the crime here, the obstruction is he took them, he knew he did not have a right to take them, he lied about having giving them all up. that's when he knew the investigation was a foot, that serious enough, that's obstruction in actual 20-year maximum in the federal code. that, that's, whether or not there is a further, like, crazy manchurian candidate scenario or not, it does not matter. >> harry, harry levin, juliette
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welcome back, everyone. 37 minutes past the. our the last leader of the soviet union, mikhail gorbachev, has died at age 91. his policies at the time were radical, like glasnost many increase openness and transparency in society and. government perestroika, to restructure and reform the stagnant soviet economy. he also engage with then u.s. president ronald reagan, allowing soviet satellite republics to break away, setting up the fall of the iron curtain, and an end to the cold war. u.s. president joe biden paid tribute to the late soviet
leader, writing this, fused high-level soviet officials had the courage to admit that things needed to change. as leader of the ussr, he worked with president reagan to reduce our country's nuclear arsenals, to the relief of people were lied, to end the nuclear arms race. the soviet leader enjoyed popularity around the world, but his relationship that home were more complicated. he was despised by some, particularly the current russian leader was never a fan. cnn's phil black explains. as vladimir putin delivered his third presidential inauguration speech in may 2012, one of his predecessors was seen, briefly, making a few comments of his own. we do not know why mikhail gorbachev said, but it is unlikely they were kind words about mr. putin. after 12 years under putin, gorbachev want to change. he was not alone. the months leading up to this ceremony saw unprecedented opposition to putin's rule, with tens of thousands of
people regularly on the streets calling for him to go. gorbachev supported them publicly, and from that point, he did not hold back as a critic of russia's political direction and leadership. >> [interpreter] we have now reached a stage where we interrupted perestroika, but there will be no turning back, even if flattery putin and others return to those old methods of control with force and fear. [end of translation] >> overtime, gorbachev's views on putin had flipped. when putin first took over as president, gorbachev backed him. and he kept backing him for a long time. in this 2008 interview with cnn, gorbachev defended putin's leadership, and his commitment to democracy. >> [interpreter] putin has been a successful president [end of translation] >> gorbachev's view of putin, and putin's policies have changed with putin's policies. and putin's own change, his own
evolution. and clearly, somewhere in the mid 2000s, putin started to become much more authoritarian. >> gorbachev supported russia's annexation of crimea in 2014. two days after russia's invasion of ukraine, in february 2022, gorbachev foundation issued a call for a cease-fire and peace talks. but russia's modern political leaders did not care whether they had gorbachev support or not. to them, they would always be the man who allow the ussr to collapse. gorbachev sometimes expressed regret. >> [interpreter] i thought the best i could to defend the soviet union, but i failed. [end of translation] >> and in later years, he spent a lot more time defending his actions a soviet leader. >> [interpreter] perestroika achieved a lot. inside russia, we have democracy, free elections, freedom of conscience, private property, freedom to travel abroad, everything.
[end of translation] >> he gave people freedoms, but struggle to feed them. more than 20 years later, many russians still blame gorbachev for the soviet union's humiliation and the hardships they endured. >> [interpreter] i remember the jump of prices. brad became more expensive. inflation was huge. [end of translation] >> [interpreter] i call for the trial mikhail gorbachev. [end of translation] >> gorbachev's unpopularity at home was rivaled by his star status abroad, where he was celebrated as a great statesman. this was his 80th birthday gala in london in 2011. >> i would like to thank someone for being such an extraordinary example of good citizenship, what democracy really can meet, and what it means to be a beacon of light and hope in the world. >> gorbachev spoke candidly about age and poor health coming up with him. but he kept working. >> he managed to stay intellectually active in russian political life, 20
years after his departure as president. something which has totally unprecedented in this country. >> he wrote books, launch political parties, two of them, and give speeches. he raised money for his own foundation, as well as the cancer fighting charity named after his late wife. raisa gorbacheva died of leukemia in 1999. ten years later, her husband recorded an album of love songs he used to sing to her. >> ♪ ♪ ♪ [speaking foreign language] >> only one copy was ever released, and was sold at a charity auction for more than $160,000. >> [interpreter] this is something i did for raisa, in memory of raisa. [end of translation] >> this was another fundraising job, and became one of gorbachev's most famous images, the ad for designer luggage chosen pensively looking out at
the remains of the berlin wall. its destruction remains the most iconic achievement of gorbachev's time in power, and a key reason why he was so respected by the international community. some russians believe one day he will be equally admired by his own people. >> i think that 100 years from now he will be judged more favorably in my country, then when he is judged today. >> a towering international hero, branded a domestic failure. a man who changed the world, and spent his life working for his country. . this man is a georgetown professor and former cnn moscow bureau chief. good to see you. >> hey, john. so, you are in moscow, you are in russia as bureau chief and reporter in the gorbachev,
years for the class of the soviet, for the rise of putin. all after, 20 years or so a period of time which, gorbachev's policies of perestroika, glasnost, were meant to save the empire. instead, he trigger the claps of the soviet union, an event that are -- at home, some despised him for and the current leader is a man who is quoted as saying the claps and the u.s. are was the bloodiest biggest geopolitical collapse of the century. it's a big turnaround at the very top of the country, in essentially a very short period of time. >> it was, john. gorbachev was in power for only six years. and when you think about what he did, you know, domestically with perestroika, glasnost, both of those, you know, opening up and historically was really kind of changing. and then internationally. so, he definitely really
transformed russia. >> and sort of, one of the most memorable or impactful said during the 20th century. possibly with these. listen to. these >> mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall. in a, way he chose peace over confrontation. and here is a statement from james blinker who dealt very closely with him over the years. >> history -- history will remember how he stared his great nation towards democracy. he played the critical role in the peace conclusion of the cold war in his decision of using all the -- together. i found him to be an honest broker to count on his words despite -- the free world misses him greatly. so, clearly the differences between global charles and putin are on a policy point of view. but also their quality seems to
be very far apart. at least from a western perspective. >> yes, we you are different people. you'd have to say we gorbachev. i met him, i interviewed him a couple of times. he's a very vibrant -- with a lot of energy. and also very nice fun person. he really was. he was very natural in -- and very natural person. and i remember when he came to the united states, people were ecstatic to meet. him and in russia, certainly, people really felt that this was a breath of fresh air. and i remember that very, very well. john when people under we're -- able to read and discuss things that they had never been able to read and discuss in the soviet under the communist control. as he moved on then you have that sense of domestic part. and internationally there he
was. especially with the arms control and taking that extremely brave step at that point, along with ronald reagan to get rid of or at least trying to control the nuclear weapons which both countries were absolutely gruesome with. >> and ten years ago, we -- asked about putin and the directions that he was taking russia compared to his time. here he is. >> do you think that president putin is committed to any type of reform? and with the peoples voice be heard under his presidency? >> i think it will be hard, with what we are given of his nature to do this. there is no other way for him but to move towards greater democracy and real democracy in russia. there is no other way for russia to find a way out of its debt and in which it is now. >> seeing four right about
putin's nature, and certainly accurate about where russia is headed today under putin's leadership. >> i was thinking of that today, in fact, gorbachev was all about opening up the country. there was investment coming in. and then, opening up to the world and having russians kind of move into the outer world and get to know europe and the united states. and unfortunately, right now, it feels like russia is closing down. there's a lot of control over the media, at the very point that we are remembering gorbachev for opening up the media. and a lot more closing off and really becoming more isolated from europe and certainly from the united states. so it is quite striking i think how things have gone backwards. >> yes, and it's good to have your perspective on all of it. i guess at the end of the day, leadership matters.
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planet by climate change. today, it is pakistan. tomorrow, it could be your country. >> cnn's anna coren, out reporting on pakistan's climate catastrophe. >> the endless monsoon rains may have eased for now. but the -- across pakistan has left carnage and description on an unprecedented scale. up to a third of the country could end up underwater. countless townships are already submerged, leading millions in pakistanis dipped to toot and homeless. >> we are poor people, says this woman. our home was destroyed, abalone and disappeared in the big flood. our children are waiting on the brink with no food, no shelter. the government says the historic floods across pakistan that have claimed the lives of more than 1100 people are estimated to have caused more than ten billion dollars in damage. for a country that already received a bailout from the
international monetary fund, this calamity could push its fragile economy to the brink. >> [inaudible] they will not be able to physically do the survey. but my hunch is it's going to be 2 to 3 times higher than what we are estimating. >> the prime minister has set up a national flood response and coordination center. and, the military has been mobilized to help with evacuations. ten cities have sprung up, and humanitarian aid is slowly trickling in. but, it is a drop in the ocean considering the magnitude of the climate change induced catastrophe. >> i have been in the -- for the last 29 years. i have not seen anything like this. it is a serious situation, pakistan is in dying need. and the damages are here and we will be in this for a long time. it's not months but years that we are talking about. >> the timeframe, unfathomable to these desperate people,
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