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on the 45th escape alcatraz triathlon tomorrow. i am dion lim. seo 6:00. breaking tonight as we come on the air. the catastrophic magnitude 7.2 earthquake in haiti. hundreds killed. more than 1,000 others injured. those numbers expected to climb. new dramatic video tonight of a woman and child being pulled from the rubble. rescuers desperately searching for more survivors. hospitals overwhelmed with wounded patients. the violent quake presenting a new crisis for a country already in political turmoil. many still haunted by the earthquake disaster of 2010. what we're learning tonight about the situation on the plus rob marciano standing by as tropical storm grace threatens to complicate the rescue efforts. also breaking as we come on the air, president biden announcing the u.s. is sending more troops into afghanistan to help evacuate american personnel and afghan visa applicants.
the taliban rapidly gaining more ground, controlling more than half of the country's provinces. afghan security forces on alert, bracing for more fighting as militants close in on kabul. also developing tonight, that highly contagious delta variant fueling a staggering surge. the white house reportedly planning to give booster shots to more americans. what we're learning as infections spike more than 900% just since mid-june. and the troubling rise in cases among children. icus filling up. the intense debates over safety measures at schools. what parents need to know tonight. new york governor andrew cuomo speaking out. the governor granting his first interview since announcing plans to step down, saying he is not a martyr, after state lawmakers announce they're dropping their impeachment investigation. and new harrowing details in the deadly middle school shooting in new mexico. why the local police chief is
calling the student who was killed a hero. plus, the rescue caught on cameraft ith good evening, everyone, thank you so much for joining us on this busy saturday, i'm linsey davis. we are following several major developing stories tonight as we come on the air. president biden just announcing more u.s. troops are heading to afghanistan, with the taliban closing in on kabul. but first, the devastation in haiti. a catastrophic 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocking that island nation. at this hour, hundreds are dead, the u.s. geological survey tells abc news that number could rise to the tens of thousands. today's quake more powerful than the one in 2010 that left an estimated quarter of a million and there is word of several aftershocks tonight of at least magnitude five. these images are from the western part of the country where there is widespread destruction. homes crushed, buildings collapsed. this church feeling the brunt of the earthquake.
it's feared that many remain trapped. one man, you see him there, using a hammer, trying to break through part of a collapsed building. hospitals are overwhelmed with the injured. these people being treated outside. haiti is already in turmoil, just one month after the assassination of the president there. and the humanitarian crisis may only get worse with tropical storm grace now approaching the island. rob marciano joins us with the track in a moment, but we begin with abc's elwyn lopez. >> reporter: tonight, devastation in western haiti. that massive 7.2 earthquake leaving hundreds dead. in les cayes, a sign of hope, as people pull a woman and child from the rubble. another man, covered in dust, carried out of what's left of this building. the injured treated in the open air. the country's hospitals stretched thin. the sheer destruction seen rek.
this hotel reduced to piles of debris. people believed to be inside. rescuers cutting through concrete in search of survivors. the acting prime minister, ariel henry, declaring a state of emergency for a one-month period. the quake striking 78 miles west of the capital of port-au-prince, just around 8:30 this morning. usgs predicting high casualties and widespread disaster for the caribbean country already in turmoil. the quake along the same fault line of the catastrophic 7.0 in 2010 that killed an estimated 250,000 people. a disaster from which haiti is still recovering. >> this earthquake is larger than that earthquake in 2010. it's about two times more energetic than that magnitude seven earthquake. the impacts on both human life and infrastructure in haiti are likely to be very devastating. >> reporter: this crisis coming just a month after the
assassination of the haitian president, leaving the country in a state of siege. and tonight, a new threat looming. tropical storm grace racing toward the island of hispaniola, potentially hindering rescue efforts. and linsey, it's not just that tropical storm threatening haiti. the usgs also says more people than they initially thought are at risk from landslides. usa i.d. has a team on the ground already assessing the humanitarian needs there. linsey? >> the tropical storm could not come at a worse time for haiti. elwyn, thank you. as we mentioned, we are carefully tracking tropical storm grace, currently childrenichildren i churning towards ahere. abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano joins us now. rob, when will haiti start to feel the effects? >> reporter: about a day and a half. this thing is moving very quickly. not close to haiti yet, but it will take a direct hit, right now around guadalupe. and we have tropical storm warnings up for a lot of those islands, including puerto rico, who will feel the impacts during the day tomorrow. but you see the line going right over haiti monday night into
tuesday morning with wind and heavy rain and potentially flooding and then getting across cuba and into the gulf of mexico, at which time we'll have to watch it, obviously, very carefully here in the u.s. more immediate concern for us in the u.s. is what's left of fred. we expect it to reorganize, restrengthen and head towards this part of the gulf of mexico, gulfport to pensacola, late in the day on monday and tuesday, as a moderate to strong tropical storm. linsey? >> rob, we know you'll be keeping an eye on that for us. thank you so much. now to the other breaking news. president biden announcing he is sending additional troops into afghanistan to help evacuate u.s. embassy personnel and afghan visa applicants. and moments ago, the president doubling down on his commitment to withdraw u.s. forces, despite the taliban's rapid advance, the militants are now closing in on kabul, the capital. the afghan security forces on the streets with a strong presence, but so far, elsewhere across the country, they have not managed to stop the taliban's advance. afghan civilians desperately
fleeing, the airport packed. commercial flights fully booked. many who work for the u.s. forces searching for visas to get out. one former translator pleading for americans to help. abc's julia macfarlane is in london tonight. >> reporter: tonight, with the taliban on kabul's doorstep, president biden announcing he is increasing the number of troops going to afghanistan. the president saying there will now be 5,000 troops in kabul, that's an additional 1,000 troops being rushed there to assist with the evacuation of americans and afghan visa applicants. a heavy military presence patrolling the streets in kabul. the state department starting to move personnel to the airport for evacuations, leaving a small core group behind. >> we're obviously watching this just like you're watching this and seeing it happen in real-time and it's deeply concerning. clearly from their actions, it appears as if they are trying to get kabul isolated. >> reporter: the taliban now
controlling more than half of the country's provinces. one of the latest to fall, mazar e sharif in balkh province, afghanistan's fourth-largest city. the afghan government posting this video overnight, claiming to show air strikes on militants in that province before it fell to the taliban today. the taliban boasting about the spoils of war, posting this footage appearing to show afghan military aircraft now in their hands. afghan president ashraf ghani speaking today, defiant, refusing to cede official control to the taliban even as the country crumbles. visa applicants crowding this airport processing center, desperate for a way out. thousands of these afghans risked their lives and their families to help the west. now, they live in fear. >> we served for the american forces. we served for the u.s. and other forces, for the coalition forces. they have to take care about us. it is our turn to be helped. >> so many in desperate need of help.
julia macfarlane joins us now live from london. julia, with the taliban closing in on kabul, what's the latest on the evacuation? >> reporter: linsey, with borders to afghanistan closing in on all sides, the options for escape are running out. most commercial afghan airlines have every seat booked leaving the country for the next week, at least. tonight, the state department announcing it is considering charter flights to ensure that every u.s. citizen can leave safely. linsey? >> julia, thank you. and let's get right to alex presha at the white house tonight. alex, president biden is at camp david as these two developing international crises are unfolding, but he is being briefed on afghanistan as well as haiti? >> reporter: that's right, linsey. biden hearing from his national security team and on afghanistan, biden defending the drawdown in a statement, writing, "one more year or five more years of u.s. military presence would not have made a difference if the afghan military cannot or will not hold its own country." secretary of state antony blinken spoke with afghan
president ghani today, offering support. biden's also warning the taliban that any action taken against u.s. personnel during this mission will be met with a swift and strong response. and then, on haiti, biden saying that he's saddened by the situation there and he's authorized an immediate u.s. response. linsey? >> alex, thank you. be sure to watch "this week" tomorrow morning. jonathan karl goes one-on-one with secretary of state antony pl blinken about the u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan as the taliban rapidly gains control. and also tonight, we're learning the biden administration is reportedly now planning for the possibility that more americans will need booster shots. the news comes as covid cases surge. new infections up more than 900% just since mid-june. but vaccinations are also on the rise. the white house reporting today nearly a million shots administered in one day. most of the 83,000 now hospitalized with covid are unvaccinated. and unlike previous surges, more children are getting the virus. here's abc's zohreen shah.
>> reporter: tonight, with the covid-19 crisis exploding across the country, the biden administration now getting ready to possibly give booster shots to more americans as early as this fall. "the new york times" reporting nursing home residents and health care workers would be first in line, followed by older people, much like the initial rollout. dr. anthony fauci says they are evaluating a potential rollout on a day-by-day basis. >> we believe sooner or later you will need a booster for durability of protection. >> reporter: the news coming hours after the cdc recommended a third dose for people with compromised immune systems. >> i think every shot helps. >> reporter: emily zipps has m.s. rolling up her sleeve today. >> even though i had two doses, i was considering myself unvaccinated, so i figured a third shot would be at least a better chance of having a response. >> reporter: a better chance as cases spike a staggering 900% since june. more than 83,000 americans now
fighting the virus in hospitals. >> we are beyond the breaking point. we need help as soon as possible. >> reporter: and unlike previous surges, this time, more children are getting sick. at one point this week, dallas had no icu beds left for kids. >> that means if your child's in a car wreck, if your child has a congenital heart defect or something and needs an icu bed, your child will wait for another child to die. >> reporter: in alabama, the virus landing seventh grader brody barrett in the hospital. he says he will never forget what he saw. >> seeing all the kids on ventilators walking down the hallway was pretty scary. >> can imagine so. zohreen shah joins us now. and zohreen, let's focus on just the children for a moment. the numbers just staggering. 94,000 cases just last week. >> reporter: linsey, that's right. the big issue here is that kids under 12 are not cleared to get vaccinated. that's why experts are pushing
anyone who can to get the shot. linsey? >> an alarming jump for sure. zohreen, thank you. and with cases on the rise and 56 million children getting ready to head back to school, we know that many parents are certainly concerned about their children's safety. so, let's bring in abc news medical contributor dr. john brownstein. doctor, thank you so much for joining us tonight. why do you feel we're seeing more children get infected? does this variant make children sicker than the previous strains? >> good evening, linsey. i'm really concerned about the exponential rise we're seeing in our kids. and while we don't think necessarily the delta variant is more severe, this much transmission happening in the community means this virus will impact our vulnerable populations, including our kids. and this is why it's so important for the adults around them to get vaccinated right now. >> with so many children heading back to school in the coming weeks, including millions, of course, under the age of 12 who are not yet eligible for the shot, what's the bottom line? is it safe for kids to return to in-person learning? >> it's so important for our kids to be in-person this year and we have the tools. we've developed them over the last year.
we know that the come binatiebif masking, social distancing, testing and vaccinating those who are eligible means we can create a safe learning environment for our kids. >> dr. brownstein, thank you so much for your time and insight tonight. disgraced and outgoing new york governor andrew cuomo is now speaking out for the first time since he announced his resignation. cuomo, who is leaving office in a matter of days, remains defiant. here's abc's phil lipof from outside of the governor's new york city office. >> reporter: tonight, new york governor andrew cuomo speaking out for the first time since announcing his resignation. in an interview with "new york magazine," cuomo saying, "i'm not a martyr" and "i feel like i did the right thing. i did the right thing for the state." it's a stunning fall from grace after a state attorney general's report found sexual harassment allegations against him credible. but even during his resignation announcement, cuomo maintained that in his mind, he never crossed the line.
>> i have been too familiar with people. my sense of humor can be insensitive and offputting. i do hug and kiss people casually. women and men. i have done it all my life. >> reporter: and with new york lawmakers announcing they will suspend the impeachment investigation into the governor due to his resignation, cuomo, who has just days left in office, tells the magazine he would win an impeachment case and he would have made the state legislature look "like a ship of fools." the assembly speaker says, "this evidence, we believe, could likely have resulted in articles of impeachment had he not resigned." the governor also told the magazine he saw just two options, option a and option b. but there could be an option c. according to campaign filings, the governor still has millions of dollars left in his campaign account. and if he's not convicted of a crime, linsey, he could run for office again. >> phil, thank you so much. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday. late word of a tour bus violently crashing with dozens
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>> streets filled with dust and rubble. the developing news, the aftermath of the earthquake in haiti. we hear from a woman who is there. >> let's go niners, let's win. >> a big comeback for niners fans. levi's stadium opens at maximum capacity for the first time since january 2020. >> the legacy continues, we are just so happy and proud. >> dorm move in day continuesess for a school legacy family in san francisco. how families are coping with the move in the midst of covid-19. abc 7 news at six clock starts right now. >> building a better area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. >> you can see the excitement,
the 40 faithful returning to levi's stadium. it is the first game before home fans in 500 days. thank you for joining us, you are watching abc 7 news at 6:00 live on abc 7, hulu live and wherever you happen to stream. happening now, abc 7 news reporter cornell barnard is at levi's stadium, where kickoff is moments away at the 49ers first preseason game of the year. fans are certainly enthusiastic. cornell: yeah, that might be an understatement today. nine or gang -- 49er gang is back here. the game started about half an hour ago. new covid rules are in place but fans are just thrilled to be back. [cheering] a homecoming like no other. the faithful are back. >> 4:00 a.m., we got he