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>> good morning, these are some of the stories we are following right now - rescues and evacuations are continuing in colorado after devastating floods destroyed hundreds of homes and left more than 1,000 people unaccounted for. >> in mexico a ferocious one/two punch from mother nature. tropical storm manuel has left more than 20 dead. this as hurricane ingrid is headed that way. >> a report from un weapons inspectors is set for release monday morning and is expected to confirm the use of chemical weapons in syria, that as a
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u.s.-russia deal calls on syria to provide a list of chemical weapons stockpiles. >> the raising of the "costa cordia" is underway. the ship went down off the coast of the italy killing 32 people. crews are trying to bring the wreckage back to the surface. - >> and we begin if colorado where massive flooding displaced more than 11,000 people. it left at least five dead. 1200 residents are unaccounted for. heavy rain stalled efforts, grounding helicopters and causing mud slides and flash floods. they are not expected to stop until thursday. president obama over the weekend ordered federal disaster for three counties - boulder, el-pascoe and larimer.
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12 counties have since been added to the list. we have more from colorado. >> timer lined church doubles as a red cross shelter for those that fled the floods. >> pray with me for those that are first responders. we pray for the medical teams that have gone out, pilots flying the people back and forth. >> chris stayed at the shelter overnight, fleeing from drake colorado with her dog, fred. they have no home to return to. >> we sat down to eat our supper that night and the water was at the end of the driveway, and by the time we were done eating our supper it was up to the windows of our vehicle. to the south it was grim. swelling river and buckcorn creek overflowed their banks. diane carnahan's house was not
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spared. >> it makes me grateful that we are all alive. we didn't lose anything that can't be replaced. >> heavy rain and unstable conditions wreak havoc up and down a 50 mile stretch. >> we looked for the right property on the river for 30 years. we got it. but we'll stay. we'll rebuild. we'll go from here. >> there are hundreds of people that need to be evacuated. the only way out for some people is via helicopter. the choppers are not going anywhere. the weather is so bad they'll be grounded for a while. >> the aircraft can fly in increment weather, but it depends on the type of weather. >> the choppers flew friday and saturday, rescuing hundreds. sheriff justin smith was up in the air for a tour of his beleaguured county. >> how can we recover? i know, inch by inch, mile by mile,
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community by community - they are taking the stuff back. >> on saturday, president obama designated three colorado counties as disaster areas. >> we'll rebuild better than it was before, and as a community we'll come out stronger after this storm than we were before. >> in the meantime the larimer sheriff is asking people to be patient. >> my message for folks is take it day by day. colorado is coming together. and no doubt the nation will be pouring in assistance and help. >> help that many people here need desparately. >> and joining us on the phone now from boulder colorado is jim ritu, a spokesman for the red cross. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> we heard you had two more inches of rain stalling evacuation efforts. is that the case? what is going
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on? >> we had addition evacuations. the choppers couldn't take off. we had an influx of refugees or evac use - we expect them to take off tomorrow, and we'll gather 1,000 people stranded in the mountain. >> how many shelters are set up so far? >> 26 shelters. it's a large operation. 26 shelters along with agencies and last night we had 1250 people stay the night with us. so a large operation spread over a fairly large size of the state. >> how are resources holding up, have you reached capacity in the centres? >> no, one of the good things is we are volunteered base. we have volunteers throughout the space. 26 operations across a 200 mile wide, 200 miles from east to west.
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we have the resources now. we depend upon the public to fund our mission. >> many communities in the area have been stranded to the point where rescue teams can't reach them, so who will help them get to the shelters? >> the national guard is in charge of the air lift. they are taking off from two locations in larimer and boulder. they are picking them up. they are picking them up and bringing them back to the airport. they are bringing them in buses for a short ride to the red cross shelters. the folks are getting rides. they don't have family or friends picking them up - others without that capability will stay the night with us. we are trying to help people in dire need with basic needs - food, water, shelter and support. >> how are the airlifts landing? if the area is stranded, where is it positioning the helicopter, the lift.
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>> they've been doing it at some of the schools. each of the mountain communities have their own elementary school, a middle school. helicopters have been landing there. they'll run into some difficulties as they pick up the bulk of the population and are getting the one or twos that have been left behind. as i understand it again, the colorado national guard spokesman - as i understand it they'll emulate what the coast guard does which is bring down baskets and pick people up that way. >> we saw images of homes flooded and ploughing through cars, it looks like feet of water. what is the next challenge in the next 24 hours? >> the biggest challenge is to handle the influx of folks. the people have been in the mountains without power, without plumbing since thursday. and so they might be - have a
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little bit more dire straights and some medical needs. they will be able to handle those, but it's a large organisation with complex moving parts, and it's getting to be costly as well. those are some of the challenges. >> red close spokesman jim retu. thank you for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> heavy rain and wind from tropical storm manuel pounded mexico's pacific coast killing more than 20. they were hit with winds up to 75 miles per hour and several numbers of of rain. six decide after the suv lost control on a highway headed for a tourist resort in alka pull coe. another storm, hurricane ingrid could reach landfall on monday. >> days of rain poured down here in mexico leaving destruction on the pacific side tropical storm
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manuel unleashed two months worth of rain in a couple of days. up to 11 were killed when a building collapsed and when a landslide dumped down on top of them. there have been scenes in which 10 metres of water have been dumped on the land. over on the gulf coast hurricane ingrid is expected to make landfall monday morning. now, the authorities have evacuated about 6,000 people. the rivers are overflowing. a couple of people have been killed when they were pulled down stream by fast-moving water, and with up to half a metre of rain expected to fall within the next few days in this region. it's imagined there'll be more casualties to come. >> there was david mercer in mexico city. >> an un report to be released later today is expected to
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confirm that chemical weapons were accused in syria. it -- were used in syria. it will not place blame. un inspectors prepared the report on the attack outside of syria's capital. the obama administration blames syria's president bashar al-assad, but he denies responsibility for the attack. the u.n. secretary-general will share the report with un member nations in a closed-door session. the relief of the findings comes two days after russia and the u.s. agreed upon a framework for the emoval of syria's chemical weapons. the next step to remove the chemical weapons is an un security council meeting. that will be discussed with british and french counterparts. here at home the agreement is not sitting well with everyone. jean reserve has that part of the story. >> president obama appearing on abc is this week says a
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remarkable distance has been travelled in a short period of time to prevent a use of chemical weapons in syria. he acknowledges we are not there yet. the president says russian president vladimir putin is protecting syrian president bashar al-assad but the president embraced putin's cooperation on reaching a framework agreement to seize and destroy syria's chemical weapons. >> this is not the cold war. this is not a contest between the united states and russia. the fact of the matter is if russia wants to have some influence in syria, post assad. that doesn't hurt our interests. >> republican senator john mccain could not agree more about the agreement and russian influence. >> i think it's a losser. i think it gave russia a position in the middle east which they haven't had since 1970. we are now depending on the goodwill of the russian people if bashar al-assad vialates this
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agreement, and i am of the firm belief, given his record, that is a very, very big gamble. >> democrats in congress are voicing skepticism about the implementation. >> if this is a diplomatic breakthrough that is full of opportunity and fraught with danger. the fraught part is that, in fact, assad, who has not said whether he has signed on to the agreement, ultimately, even if he begins to move forward with the beginning elements of the agreement doesn't fulfil elements of the agreement as we move along. >> the majority of americans oppose the possibility of military action in syria, but the administration says the threat of force spurred the negotiations, and secretary of state john kerry during meetings in jerusalem says it is still on the table. >> the threat of force is real. the assad regime and all those
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taking part need to understand that president obama and the united states are committed to achieve this goal. we cannot have hollow words in the conduct of the international affairs. because that affects all other issues, whether iran or north korea or any other. >> israeli prime minister benyamin netanyahu says it is particularly important that iran, with its nuclear ambitions sees a coupling of diplomacy and a credible threat. >> the international community shows, regarding syria, will have a direct impact on the syrian regime's patron, iran. >> in his interview president obama says his agreement on chemical weapons should show the rainions that diplomacy has potential. iranians shouldn't draw the
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clugs that because the u.s. hasn't hit syria, that it won't hit them. >> for insight for what life is like in war torn syria, we spoke to a resident in damascus, who identifies as russia. she said when news of an air strike first surfaced people stockpiled food and water. now it's back to normal. >> i spent 2.5 years, and in damascus 1.5 years since the violence arrived to the city. every neighbour is in damascus proper, within the center, the square securitiy, which is strictly under government control. every single neighbour hood has had a brush with, you know, a car bomb, a mortar shell that's gone awry or a more tar shell that was targeted by rebels,
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government troops. who knows. there's no rational sense of safety, as human nature goes people try to make do and continue to try to live their normal life. they do go out, they go out in the evenings sometimes. i'm surprised to see outdoor cafes are full into the late hours of the evening. people do their best. >> and coming up - the "costa cordia" cruise ship sank more than a year ago. a historic operation to raise the wreck is under way. why the operation is under way. head of the fed - a shake up in the race to be the next federal reserve chairman. find out why the lead candidate lawrence summers dropped out, and who the front runner is now. she's miss america. we'll tell you who the winner is, and the state that has won two years in a row.
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one of the most spectacular ship salvage operations in history is scheduled to begin any minute now. it's the raising of the sunken and grounded "costa cordia" cruise ship. you are looking at it live from the vessel that ran along the italian coast, killing 32 people. in a few minutes a team of 500 people will start trying to upright the massive boat that tipped over in giglio. officials say it's a process not tried on a ship this large. al jazeera report erp charlie angela tells us -- reporter charlie angela tells how they plan to raise it.
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>> 114,000 tonnes, the length of three football fields. it is an immense task to move the "costa cordia." after 20 months lying in the waters off giglio island, salvage workers will try to right the ship in a process called parbuckling, workers built a platform to hold the ship's weight when they role it upright. they have attached metal floatation tanks to the hull, filling with water. steel cables will tighten and the ship will be pulled upright, helped bit weight of the tanks. >> this delicate operation will take 12 hours and involve 500 worksers. they have one chance to rotate the ship. there is no plan b. the costs of this so far, the most ambitious sallage operation in marine history is $800 million. if the tension causes the ship to break, a flood of rotten food
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and passengers luggage could flow out into the pristine waters. environmentalists have taken measures they hope will prevent that. >> translation: it will have an impact on tourism if something goes wrong. we are confident, a lot of analysis and assessments have been done, especially on the water inside the wreck. >> once upright the focus will be on finding the bodies of two victims still missing. they were among 32 who died the night of the disaster, and amid the chaos and confusion could have fallen overboard and been pinned under the ship as it rolled. people on the i would of giglio gave their blessing to the operation, but will live with the rec until it's towed away next summer. >> joining us from giglio is reporter charlie angela. the project was delayed because of thunder storms overnight. is the operation under way now? >>.
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>> yes, it looks like they'll get under way in the next few minutes. the storms last night from electrical storms. what they did was prevent divers from putting in place crucial equipment. they had to get out of the water, because the lightening could have struck them. the control room is in position. you can see it behind me. it's a white barge, lined by two flags. this whole operation will be done by remote control from that control room. they'll use underwater submarines - five of them - equipped with cameras to relay images back and forth to see how the winches, cables will take the strain of the "costa cordia." that 12-hour operation should be given in a few minutes. >> what happens to the ship once the salvage operation is completed? >> well the first four hours of
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this operation will be the most crucial. that's when we'll hear loud bangs, tension could be great and hopefully the ship will not break up, which could be some people's worries. it will take 12 hours. after that it will sit low in the water. salvage crews will have to stablilize it, getting it ready for the winter, which brings bad weather to the island. it won't move anywhere until next spring or summer. that's when they'll try to refloat it just enough to tow it out of the waters, taking it to an italian port - they haven't decided which one, it has to be a port big enough to take a cruise ship this big - 300 metres long. once they decide that, it will be out of here hopefully by next summer. charlie angela on giving -- giglio island, thank you for joining us. >> hundreds on a luxury cruise
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ship had vacations short. the court ordered the ocean liner to be detained. 2,000 passengers and crew members were held in port. many flew back to beijing, supplied by the operator of the cruise line. >> the new front runner to head the federal reserve could be historic. who is barack obama leaning towards now that lawrence summers is bowing out. >> here she is miss america 2014, the woman who won the crown with a bollywood fusion dance.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera. i'm morgan radford. here is a recap of our top stories. in colorado five are dead, hundreds are missing in the massive flooding. more rain on sunday hampered rescue efforts. >> at least 21 people have been killed in mexico after tropical storm manuel pounded the country with heavy rain and wind. another big storm, hurricane ingrid is expected to make landfall later today. and ahead of theiations has
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received the -- the -- and the head of the united nations has received the un inspectors report on syria. security council will be briefed monday. >> former treasury secretary lawrence summers is out of the running for chairman of the federal reserve. he withdrew his name on sunday. president obama accepted the decision, saying lawrence summers was a critical member of the economic team, and that he was grateful for his service. lawrence summers was grateful to replace the chairman. he faces opposition from some democrats. >> after getting all the blow back from its base. it was essentially getting the sense that, you know, the confirmation process might be too trouble son, and lawrence summers cited that this his letter, something to the effect that he was sensing the confirmation would be too acrimonious, and that would be against the interests of the federal reserve, the administration, and the interest of a nation as a whole. >> janet yellen is considered the front runner for federal
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reserve chairman. i'm metrologist rebecca stevenson. we had plenty of rain pushing into the west coast coast. a new side was bringing in so much side to the kaz cades that we had a delay in the seahawks game. that was because of a lot of lightening with a system working through aragorn and washington, and we'll get rain for western washington and org gone -- orgen. you can see from the probability map that the most likely spots where it will continue with rain, western washington to portland. one of the first thing that grabs your eye is south into mexico. we have a tropical storm in the
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pacific ocean moving to the north, and we are getting rain from the second hurricane ingrid. ingrid will cause problems. rain fall and gusty winds - we'll have problems with flooding, potential mud slides and we'll monitor this because this storm will move onsure through the course of morning hours into the day ahead. that storm system is also swinging up showers and thunder storms into southern texas. now we have a potential flood advisory. this is being issued for the texas coastline from corpus christy bay. we have concerns about high surf the the rain will go to laredo and it will be heavy, and some of the thunder storms head up into townsville. >> showers will pop up in the afternoon. any one of the thunder storms could be heavy.
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they are not appearing to have as much moisture as they did last week. however, due to moderate conditions, we can have it any time flash flood watches are issued. >> the man's oldest man died, a former musician and coal miner was 112 years owl. he was born in 1901, in a village in spain and moved to the u.s. in 1920. he had two children, seven grandchildren. 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grand children. there is a new miss america. the lucky lady to sacha away with the ty aira is nina davuluri, the first miss american winner of indian descent. she wowed the judges with a bollywood routine and answered a question about plastic surgery. the pageant returned to atlantic city after six years, that will
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do it for this addition of al jazeera. street food - cairo is up next, and remember, news on every hour. thanks so much for watching.

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