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Aired September 16, 2013 - 08:00 ET
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KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. And welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet.
As we wait for a UN report on what happened during a gas attack in Damascus, the U.S. and its European allies put forward a united front on the Syrian crisis.
Well, helicopters hover over an intensifying hostage crisis in the Philippines. We'll get the very latest from Zamboanga.
And rescue crews are trying to reach homes submerged by deadly flood waters in the U.S. state of Colorado. But scenes like this show what they are up against.
Now first U.S. and European leaders are working on a firm response on Syria. It has been almost a month since what all sides have now acknowledge was a chemical weapons attack near the capital Damascus. And UN weapons inspectors have now completed their report on that attack. And Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to brief the security council in about three hours from now.
As we wait for that, we turn to Paris where key meetings have been held between France, the United States and Britain. And the talks center around that deal reached by the U.S. and Russia over the weekend to secure Syria's chemical weapons.
Now the U.S. and its European allies say Syria needs to follow a strict deadline to hand over its weapons stockpile. And will seek a UN resolution to enforce the plan.
The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague spoke earlier in Paris.
Now John Kerry is warning Syria to comply with the deal.
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JOHN KERRY, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: If Assad fails to comply with the terms of this framework, make no mistake we are all agreed -- and that includes Russia -- that there will be consequences. The framework fully commits the United States and Russia to impose measures under Chapter 7 of the UN charter in the event of non-compliance. And President Obama and I have repeated his statement, has warned that should diplomacy fail, the military option is still on the table.
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LU STOUT: John Kerry there.
Let's go now to the United Nations in New York. Nick Paton Walsh joins me live. And Nick first your thoughts on the draft resolution that's being put together in Paris. Does it have the teeth, is it tough enough to get Syria to hand over its chemical weapons?
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORREPSONDENT: It has teeth, but that might actually be where it falls short in many ways, Kristie, because obviously the Russians could well veto the implicit threat of force in there.
I should point out, too, that under convention Syria was actually formally admitted to on Saturday by the UN, they have to give up their chemical weapons anyway. So this question all now resolves on timing. Can they have an adequately expedited timetable for their chemical weapons to be handed over by Syria, that's what the French, Americans and British want, that's what they're staking claim to in Paris. And they want with that the threat of force.
Russia is never going to buy that through a UN security council resolution. So really the report we're waiting for in the hours ahead is all about trying to expedite this timetable and change international opinion to move things towards France and Russia and Britain up front -- America and Britain's position.
WALSH: It's a comment that set the tone for a suddenly very busy day ahead at the UN. Its chief may have thought he wasn't on camera on Friday, but still said this of Monday's vital UN inspector's report on Syria.
BAN KI-MOON, UN SECRETARY-GENERAL: I believe that the report will be an overwhelming -- overwhelming report that the chemical weapons was used, even though I cannot publicly say at this time.
WALSH: Ban Ki-moon added Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, had committed many crimes against humanity and would face eventually, quote, "a process of accountability."
It's possible Ban Ki-moon had seen the finished report when he spoke. One official telling me it was likely complete by then.
The UN inspector's report on the 21st of August attacks will be presented to the UN security council at 11:00 am Monday in enough detail for others to perhaps work out who was behind the attacks, though it's not the inspector's job to do so.
Syria has officially now joined the chemical weapons convention the UN declared Saturday whose rules mean it must declare all those weapons by mid-November.
That's not fast enough for the United States or Russia who agreed in Geneva that Syria must tell all in a week.
And in Syria's first major comments on the deal, its information minister talking to ITV news. It said it wants to wait for a UN resolution to set the timing of its disarmament.
So now, another round of negotiations begins, perhaps fast, perhaps torturous, to find a wording for a resolution that can back up what was agreed in Geneva between America and Russia.
Still on the table for those talks, a diplomat tells me, will the resolution blame Assad and demand a trial for those who ordered the attacks? And will its wording suggest force can be used if Syria violates its terms.
Russia won't like any of that.
Again, eyes back on this building weeks ago dismissed as paralyzed and irrelevant.
WALSH: One contradiction -- Kristie, there's one contradiction you have to bear in mind here. The U.S. want to see a full accounting for all of Syria's chemical weapons. But if they do that, and Russia agrees with that, then it makes it difficult to also claim that somehow the rebels got hold of some chemical weapons and were behind the August 21 attacks.
So there is a contradiction certainly in the Russian position here and that framework hammered out in Geneva, which you may see emerging at some point in the days ahead, Kristie.
LU STOUT: Yeah, contradictions here, road blocks ahead.
Tell us about the diplomatic process going forward. We're still waiting for that UN chemical weapons report set to be released in just a few hours from now. The draft resolution behind shaped together in Paris. After that, what comes next diplomatically?
WALSH: Well, we pretty much know what's going to be in that report. We know the detail -- and the detail is key, because the details could point potentially to who is behind it. And that would, of course, spur on the diplomatic process, certainly.
In many ways, though, the French, Americans and British don't have an awful lot to pressure the Russians with apart from any potentially damaging elements of this UN inspector's report if that comes forward.
But I understand from talking to people, diplomats here, that there's quite a big gulf between that framework in Geneva, which looks nicely sewn up and comparatively detailed. There's bit of a gulf between that position, the technical aspects of how you dismantle the chemical weapons program and how you turn all that into a resolution here at the United Nations, that framework also wants to see as well.
That's the job ahead in the next couple of days. I understand there's a lot of work to be done. It's been happening over the weekend. And we're unlikely to see a vote until Wednesday.
But the key gulf here is that the French, British and the Americans, as you've been hearing, want authorization of force somehow worked into the resolution if the Syrians don't comply. They also want to see a strong condemnation of the regime for the 21st of August attacks and the perpetrators potentially brought to trial at the International Criminal Court.
Big asks. And this is negotiation position, so maybe many of them will evaporate in the days ahead. But all of those things Russia isn't going to buy into.
So it's pretty likely that Moscow and Washington have realized how this is going to go forwards before they went into it. But I was surprised to learn from diplomats recently that actually they still -- there's a lot of hammering out to be done in this resolution text, Kristie.
LU STOUT: A lot of work ahead.
Nick Paton Walsh reporting live at the UN for us. Thank you.
Now the Philippine military has intensified its attack on Muslim rebels holding more than 100 hostages. The standoff on the Island of Mindanao, it started a week ago when rebels stormed Zamboaga City.
Now the air force, it sent in two attack helicopters to fire rockets at rebel positions. And during the past week, as many as 61 people have been killed, more than 150 wounded.
Now Zamboaga City officials use Twitter to tell residents about the, quote, "targeted air strike." And a short time ago, it provided this update. A curfew remains in place, schools there are staying closed. And the account has also posted messages from the mayor urging calm and cooperation.
Now also on Twitter, journalist Jewel Reyes of ABS-CBN shared this photo. And it captures the smoke in Zamboaga City as the day eight battle began.
Let's get more now from Jewel Reyes. She joins us on the line from Zamboaga. And Jewel, what is the latest on the operation to free the hostages?
JEWEL REYES, ABS-CBN: Yes, hi Kristie. As of the moment I have recently just received confirmation that at least 26 hostages were just released early this evening bringing it all to a total of at least 50 hostages released since day one of the standoff here in Zamboanga City.
We -- this is quite good news for the past eight days of standoff. And local officials say that the hostages that were released will still be undergoing some sort of debriefing and that we are not -- we are not yet allowed to talk to these people as to let them rest and follow a strict debriefing.
As of the moment, firefight between the government troops and members of the (inaudible) led faction of the Morrow National Liberation Front has temporarily stopped. And this is quite contrary to what we heard earlier this afternoon where military air strikes was already occurred earlier, but it temporarily stopped.
And we are expecting a report from the crisis management committee as to the official count of the number of casualties on both camps, Kristie.
LU STOUT: Jewel, very welcome news to hear that quite a number of hostages have been freed. But what's happening there in Zamboanga is much more than a hostage standoff, there was intense gunfire earlier today. Fire has broken out in a couple parts in the city, a detail which you've picked up thanks to your online photos you've been sharing. How much damage has been caused, and to what degree does Zamboaga City there in the Philippines look like a war zone out there?
REYES: As to what we gathered so far, since over the weekend, Kristie, we already get back and forth at least there had been 10 prior incidents to where the firefight is occurring since day one. And police, or the bureau of fire protection, the authorities estimate that at least there are 12 million pesos as an estimated damage.
There are at least 500 residential homes burned to the ground. We have 81 wounded -- 81 wounded soldiers and police as well as civilians that -- during the firefight. There were reports of stray (inaudible) stray bullet. There are reports that (inaudible) sensors will have to be relocated because of the proximity from the danger zone.
We are not quite sure when this crisis would end in Zamboanga City, but businessmen here are worried that they are losing billions every day since the standoff began. The department stores, grocery stores, even pharmacies have been closed. Only a few establishments remain open, but this is -- these are located outside the danger zone. So this is not quite accessible to all residents.
So they have...
LU STOUT: Yeah, business closed, schools closed as well. I mean, as we're seeing these images at the outbreak of the violence there all due to this ongoing hostage standoff there in Zamboanga City.
Jewel Reyes of ABS-CBN, thank you so much for joining us on the line and giving us the very latest on what's happening there on the ground.
Now you're watching News Stream. And ahead on the show, 20 months after it ran aground, this wrecked cruise ship is finally being turned upright. We go live to the scene of the Costa Concordia disaster for this unprecedented operation.
Also ahead, hundreds still missing in Colorado's massive flooding.
And after a five month hiatus, the North and South Korean shared industrial zone has reopened for business. We look at the impact of Kaesong's closure on some of the workers.
LU STOUT: Welcome back. You're watching News Stream. And you're looking at a visual version of all the stories we've got in the show today. Now earlier, we took you to Paris where U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has met with European allies to discuss stripping Syria of its chemical weapons stockpile.
But later, we'll get the latest on the flooding in Colorado.
But first to Italy and salvage operations have begun today on the Costa Concordia cruise ship. Now it ran aground off the coast of Italy in January of last year, killing 32 people on board.
Now let's bring up some live pictures of the ship. It's near Giglio Island there off the coast of Italy. Some bad weather had delayed the start of the work to turn the massive vessel upright.
Now this will be no easy task. Take a look at this video, it was taken from a drone flying over the Costa Concordia. This was filmed earlier this year. And this drone video, it gives you an idea of the sheer size and scale of the ship.
Now more than 500 people are working on this unprecedented operations, which so far has cost over $800 million.
Now Barbie Nadeau has been closely following the disaster. In fact, she's writing a novel based on the cruise ship tragedy. And she is at the site of the wreck now on Giglio Island in Italy. And she joins us now live.
And Barbie, tell us about the operation and how much progress have been made?
BARBIE NADEAU, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORREPSONDENT: Well, you know, this really is the culminating point of a very long salvage operation. They've done so much to prepare for this day over the last year, year-and-a-half. And, you know, this morning, they were delayed. We had very, very bad weather here last night, but they've started lifting this 114,000 ton ship. And there's a very visible line right now. You can see the sort of -- the windows, the debris, things like that, on the side of the ship as they lifted up.
So we have a clear gauge of what's lifting.
We also have our eye on some deck chairs up on the top deck just to see if those are going to move.
But because it's moving so slowly, you have to look at points, checking back at them from time to time to see exactly how quickly it's moving and how much progress they've made.
They expected at one time to have this done in 12 hours. They've been at it for five hours right now. And we're not quite sure if they'll make the 12 hour deadline. But they can't go back. They absolutely cannot stop now that they've started. It will have to keep going until the ship is in a vertical position.
LU STOUT: An incremental operation to bring it into the upright position. It is also the largest ever maritime salvage operation. Could you tell us more about the technology, about the equipment being used in this very daunting operation.
NADEAU: Absolutely. This is the largest ever salvage operation of this nature. Without exception, ships this size are always either blown up or dismantled on sight, but because of the threat to the environmental -- this area, protected marine area. Here they couldn't blow it up and they couldn't dismantle it on sight.
Another reason they couldn't blow it up is because they can't empty it out. It's at such an angle they wouldn't be able to take anything out of it, which would mean exploding pillows and mattresses and passports for all we know if they were to have detonated it. It also would have sent a bad sign for the cruise company that -- to see a cruise ship destroyed in that way.
So they -- what they've done is put platforms under the ship, 30 meters under the ship. More steal was used for this platform, for this operation than in the Eiffel Tower. They are enormous platforms.
They're using very big towers with a pulley system called stran jacks (ph) that are slowly, slowly, slowly pulling the ship from the middle of the bottom of the ship.
At the same time, they're pulling it from the top. They've attached large empty boxes that are called casons (ph) or sponsons (ph) that are completely empty right now. But as they hit the water they'll fill with water.
And they can control the level of the water by pumping in air. And those are to provide buoyancy.
Once they get to a certain point, gravity takes over. So they need some sort of device in order to control that ship from taking over, from moving too quickly.
It's a process that they've revisited over and over. And they've added some of the sponsons (ph) and tanks and -- you know, even in the last six months of the operation they decided they needed to put what they call a sort of neck brace, these blister tanks on the bow of the ship in order to keep the whole thing steady. That wasn't part of the original plan. That's why the cost has gone up considerably from the original bid.
But what's -- you know, this is just the beginning stage. Once they get this ship upright, they're going to have to fix the broken side, the side that's been basically embedded on these two undersea, under water mountaintops for the last 20 months. They're going to have to fix that site before they can attach the flotation boxes onto that site. Only then are they going to be able to refloat this ship. And after that, they can tow it out of this area.
LU STOUT: Wow. Barbie Nadeau reporting in great detail on the mechanics and the physics being involved here in this huge salvage operation. Barbie, many thanks indeed for your reporting.
Now you're watching News Stream. And just ahead, back in business: workers express relief as the joint Korean industrial park reopens. Find out what comes next for Kaesong.
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Now Japanese baseball has a new homerun king. And he hails from the Caribbean island of Curacao. Don Riddell joins us from CNN Center for more on this recordbreaking achievement -- Don.
DON RIDDELL, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Kristie, thanks very much.
You know, this was a record that has stood the test of time for 49 years. But after almost half a century, Sadaharu is no longer Japanese baseball's homerun king.
On Sunday, Wladimir Balentien slammed his 56th and 57th home run for the season to break and set a new record. Balentien cracked a two run dinger in the first inning and a solo homer in the third, paring the Yakult Swallows to a 9-0 win against the Hanshin Tigers in Tokyo.
The record is not without controversy, though. The league has been using a new bouncier ball this year, which makes homerun much easier. And you'd expect the new record will be much bigger by the end of the season.
Kristie, Balentien has 18 games left to play. At his current scoring rate, he can therefore expect to hit about 9 more homers.
LU STOUT: We will be looking forward to that.
And in tennis, Don, the David Cup final will have a familiar feel to it.
RIDDELL: Absolutely right, yeah. Two of the last three champions are going to be meeting in this year's final. The Czech Republic will hope to retain their title when they travel to Belgrade to face Serbia in November. The Serbs won the men's team competition back in 2010. But they had to come from behind in their semi-final clash against Canada, trailing by two rubbers to one.
The world number one, Novak Djokovic knew it was a do or die match against the big serving Milos Raonic. And he did his country proud, ruthlessly beating his opponent in straight sets on the indoor clay.
The first set went to a tiebreak, but Djokovic dropped only four games after that. And it's clear to see just how much he enjoys playing for his country in front of a home crowd.
He was absolutely ecstatic when he leveled the tie-up there. That meant a decisive winner takes all fifth rubber. And Janko Tipsarevic just had too much for Vasek Pospisil. He won in straight sets, sparking wild celebrations on the court and among the 15,000 fans in attendance. Tipsarevic said it was one of the sweetest wins of his career. Djokovic said that while he's won half a dozen grand slam titles, nothing compares to sharing the joy of victory with your teammates.
So that's Serbia versus the Czech Republic in the final.
These two have met in the semifinal and in the quarterfinal in recent years. Now they're playing for the title -- Kristie, back to you.
LU STOUT: I like that gimmie gimmie celebration at the end there. Don Riddell joining us live from CNN Center. Thank you. Take care.
You're watching News Stream. And coming up after the break, the situation in Syria, it's growing more desperate by the day. And we have a heartbreaking look at how the crisis is affecting children.
And in the U.S. state of Colorado residents wake to rivers outside their homes as heavy rain slows the search for hundreds still missing.
LU STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong, you're watching News Stream and these are your world headlines.
Now the Philippine military has intensified efforts to free scores of hostages held by Muslim rebels. The standoff on the island of Mindanao started exactly one week ago. State media says air force attack helicopters fired rockets at rebel positions earlier on Monday.
Now the Costa Concordia cruise liner is being raised from the seabed off Italy's west coast. You're looking at live pictures on your screen while this is happening 20 months after it hit rocks and ran aground.
Now the ship is being rotated in a process called (inaudible). Now 4,200 people were on board the ship when it began sinking. 32 people died.
Japan has shut down its last operating nuclear power plant for maintenance. That leaves the country with no nuclear power in its grid for just the second time in 40 years. Now before the 2011 earthquake and tsunami nuclear energy -- well, nuclear energy supplied some 30 percent of Japan's power, but most of the reactors have been shut down since the Fukushima disaster. It's not clear when, or if, they might be turned back on.
Now we're turning to key talks over Syria now. And earlier, we told you about meetings in Paris between officials from France, the United States and Britain. And those three countries are calling for a tough UN resolution on Syria. The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has again said that the threat of military action is very real, that is if Syria doesn't give up its chemical weapons within the timetable set under a joint U.S.- Russian plan agreed to over the weekend.
And while the diplomacy continue, the situation inside Syria is extremely grave. Food reserves are critically low in some embattled areas, that means many children are suffering from malnutrition, some are even starving to death.
Now Arwa Damon has this report. And a warning, some of the images we're about to show are very disturbing.
ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The power is out, as it often is, given the scarcity of fuel at the field clinic, once a kindergarten.
Dr. Abu Samid (ph) checks on his young patient, not wounded in any attack, but his life is still at risk.
"We have a lot of cases of malnutrition. IT has gotten to the stage of bone fracture," he explains. "You can see that clearly in the ribcage and the lack of lymphatic tissue."
Last week when we spoke to Dr. Abu Samid (ph) over Skype, four children had already died because there was no food or medicine for their vulnerable bodies.
Since then, the situation is even worse. More are in danger. And all the doctor can do is take notes.
"We don't have the medicine, we don't have the serum we need," he laments.
And he lists the various ailments -- anemia, diarrhea, infected livers, gastrointestinitis -- all associated with a lack of vital nutrients. In other words, a lack of food.
This is Moad Diamid Asham (ph) to the southwest of Damascus, under siege now for nearly a year. There is irregularity to the violence. It's always present.
Normal has redefined itself. Fear is a part of people's routine emotions. These kids insist they are no longer scared.
But it's not just the bombs and the bullets that threaten lives. Food reserves and livestock are mostly depleted. Some families have tried growing gardens, but all that they planted in this one is mint. And the leafy vegetable purslane. They don't have seeds for anything else. None of the kids here remember the last time they ate bread.
Ahmed (ph) is craving watermelon and bananas.
6-year-old Abu (ph) says he wants to eat everything.
The ICRC's request for access here and to other areas under similar siege have repeatedly been denied. Aid agencies have said that any international deal in Syria must include humanitarian relief in these areas.
Back at the clinic, 5-year-old Ramin's (ph) father tries to console her.
"Don't be afraid, my beloved. Don't be afraid," he tells her.
As global leaders debate, this is reality inside Syria. And the plea is desperate. Please listen. Please feel our pain. We're running out of time.
Arwa Damon, CNN, Beirut.
LU STOUT: That's such a heartbreaking look at the young victims of the civil war in Syria. And you just heard a doctor saying he doesn't have the medicine he needs. If you want to help, we have a list of reputable charities on our website. You can also read this young boy's story. 7- year-old Abdel (ph) is now the man of the house trying to care for his mom and two little brothers in a refugee camp. Find out more on his story and more. CNN.com/impact.
Now, we turn to the massive flooding in the U.S. state of Colorado. Now rescue crews are trying to reach areas cut off by the raging flood waters. Hundreds of people are unaccounted for. And up to 1,000 others were stranded just waiting for help to get out by helicopter.
Now authorities have confirmed four deaths so far, the damage there extensive.
Let's take you now to Longmont, Colorado. It is in the very hard hit county of Boulder. And George Howell joins us live.
And George, what are you seeing out there?
GEORGE HOWELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kristie, so over the weekend, on Sunday we got more rainfall in this area. And when you look back here at the St. Vrain River you get a good idea of what that has done to this area. Basically it sent rivers, it sent streams rushing again. It's cut off more communities, potentially leaving more people stranded, trapped, unable to get to the other side.
So what we saw yesterday, the rescue effort with helicopters and on the ground that was temporarily halted, waiting until the weather passed.
We do expect that rescue operation to resume.
And unfortunately we understand that the death toll has risen now to six.
So what we've seen over the weekend -- and for really the past several days have been a lot of rainfall in a short amount of time. And it's caused a great deal of problems out here.
HOWELL: At least four counties in Colorado qualify for disaster relief and tail get that help today as FEMA moves into the hardest hit areas. The flooding so widespread, officials haven't begun to estimate the full extent of the damage. Over the weekend President Obama declaring a major disaster in the state, while the state's governor, touring the devastation, his helicopter rescuing seven people along the way.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're going to rebuild better than it was before.
HOWELL: But Mother Nature isn't helping rescue efforts. Clouds and heavy rain grounded air rescue missions Sunday. More than 1,000 people have yet to be evacuated and with roads and bridges crumbling under the deluge, for some, rescue by air is the only way out.
LT. COL. MITCH UTTERSACK, COLORADO NATIONAL GUARD: I think what we have going on here in the last 24 hours is the greatest number of Americans rescued by helicopter since Hurricane Katrina.
HOWELL: Entire neighborhoods like this one in James town isolated. Cities like aurora already plagued by flooding contending with hail that pummeled the area over the weekend. Officials in Boulder County alone say tie will need an estimated $150 million to repair more than 100 miles of lost roadway and between 20 and 30 bridges. The scene in Colorado is devastating but not hopeless.
SHERIFF JUSTIN SMITH, LARIMER COUNTY, COLORADO: The question I had is how can we ever recover from this? And I know exactly inch by inch, mile by mile, community by community.
HOWELL: Now this is an early estimate, and one would presume that crews would see more after this second rain event that happened over the weekend. But we understand from officials that some 19,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed from this flooding. We also know that the rescue operation is expected to pick up again today.
LU STOUT: Wow, 19,000 homes damaged or destroyed. You mentioned the death toll has risen now to six. Hundreds of residents are missing. When the search the rescue operation begins, what will the focus be on?
HOWELL: Well, you know, there are certain communities -- Jamestown is a community just to the north and west of us in the mountains, Lyons is another area that was cut off. They know the areas. And now it's a matter of looking -- reassessing and determining what has changed since Sunday.
Again, we got a lot of rainfall very quickly. It caused the rivers and streams to pick up again. So are there more communities that are now, you know, in a new situation where people can't get across? That's what they'll be looking for today.
Again, we're expecting to have clear skies as the morning progresses here in Longmont, Colorado. And we do know that they should be back up in the air looking to see, you know, what the situation is and who they need to help.
LU STOUT: All right. George Howell reporting live for us on the catastrophic flooding there in Colorado. Thank you, George.
As you just heard, the clouds, the heavy rain grounded rescue missions on Sunday. Will there be any break in the forecast?
Let's go straight to Mari Ramos. She joins us from the world weather center -- Mari.
MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: What a disaster there, Kristie. It's really amazing to see so much damage from these storms, this pattern of wet weather.
We are expecting dryer conditions today, and actually as we head on into the latter part of the week. That weather pattern that we've had over the last few days with moisture coming in from both sides of the ocean, from the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico, that pattern has begun to break down now.
We had a front come through, that area of low pressure moves away, and now we're just looking at scattered rain showers. And, you know, any amount of rain that falls here will be a concern. We're just not looking for that very heavy rainfall that we've had over the last few days.
However, those flood warnings -- and flood watches, I should say, remain across the Colorado area and down over into New Mexico near the border with Texas and even into northern Mexico because it has been raining so much. Like I said, any amount of rain that falls here will be a huge, huge concern.
I want to keep moving farther to the south here and talk about -- when you look at the satellite image here you see the dryer weather moving in to the west, but there's still a lot of moisture here to the south as we head over into Mexico.
Double storms affecting the area. This is from the Pacific side. This is in Acapulco. Look at the water up to their waist as people make their way out as Tropical Storm Manuel moved in. Manuel has now weakened and it is a tropical -- it's just the remnants of a storm, not even a tropical depression. But there's a lot of moisture extending from Puerto Vallarta all the way down over into Acapulco. The rainfall totals have been tremendous here. And we're expecting even more rain as we head through the next 24 hours.
You've already had over 160 millimeters of rain in Acapulco, another 100 easily as we head through the next 24 hours. And notice the moisture is stretching farther to the north.
Another area of concern is going to be here in the east just south of Texas in northeastern Mexico. Monterrey 123 millimeters of rain expected. Compare it to this, they get 150 millimeters of rain the entire year. So they're going to get almost a year's worth of rain in the next couple of days. That is a tremendous amount of rainfall. And of course this road could be disastrous there as well. Notice the rain even heavier as we head into areas farther to the south into some of the smaller towns there along the state of (inaudible) and also Tamalita (ph).
So this is what Ingrid looks like. Ingrid made landfall. It is no longer a hurricane. It is now a tropical storm.
So a lot going on here in the tropics. But we are not done yet. I want to take you to the other side of the world. Let's go ahead and roll the pictures from Japan.
Serious situation developing there as well in Japan as tropical storm Man-yo moves through.
Look at the rain, the flooding that is left over from the couple of days of very heavy rainfall. Western parts of Japan got very heavy rainfall.
Look at this man trapped in the waters there, unable to move really. You can see how much the waters actually moving there. We don't know what happened to this person, by the way.
But it is very serious. There are -- there were massive evacuations that happened across the north of Tokyo in the Fukushima area, Kristie, for fears that this storm as it moved through Fukushima could cause damage -- additional damage, I should say, to the nuclear power plant and the crippled nuclear power plant and caused additional damage.
That is still a concern. The heavy rain has been a huge concern. If you come back over to the weather map. I'll give you some of those rainfall totals across this area. All up and down Japan from north to south.
We're expecting conditions to begin improving as the storm now is weaker and moves away. But for Fukushima proper where nearly 300,000 people have to be evacuated over the weekend because of this approaching storm. You can still see that they're getting tropical storm force winds, not entirely over yet for them. But this is definitely something that we will continue to monitor very, very closely.
Back to you.
LU STOUT: Yeah, very alarming, very worrying to see such a strong storm hit the Fukushima area. Mari Ramos giving us the very latest on that. Thank you.
Now cars and trucks lined up to get into the Kaesong industrial complex in North Korea this Monday as it reopened after five months. Now work at the joint North/South complex, it stopped in April as tensions escalated between the two Koreas. Now Paula Hancocks looks at how one business is trying to stitch things back together.
PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Shey Dong-jin (ph) has been making jeans since 1985. A few years ago, he opened a factory in North Korea at the Kaesong industrial complex. Since its closure in April he's lost almost $3 million. And he's struggling to produce much more than samples from his small Seoul office.
"It's been very difficult," he says. "We invested all our capital in Kaesong. After it shut down we simply couldn't do business. I can't tell you how happy I am it's reopening."
But Shey (ph) says the trust has now gone. And he doubts his buyers will be placing any large orders with him in the short-term
Kaesong, a joint venture between the North and the South is a bellwether for their relationship. As tensions mounted earlier this year, Pyongyang stopped its 53,000 workers from going to work and denied South Korean entry.
The regime made a statement saying, "the war mongering authorities of South Korea are making Kaesong a hotspot of confrontation. So we are suspending business and reviewing its very existence."
The last South Koreans were forced to pull out at the beginning of May as they ran out of raw materials and food. Workers drove out of North Korea, their cars laden with as many supplies as they could carry.
The complex provide North Korea with much needed cash, its workers earn an average of $134 a month, almost half of that goes straight to the regime.
(on camera): Both sides are hoping to attract foreign investments into the business complex for the very first time. Seoul is hoping that if international companies are persent, it may actually deter Pyongyang from threatening to close down the business park again if tensions were to rise in the future.
Paula Hancocks, CNN, on the border between North and South Korea.
LU STOUT: Now up next, unraveling the mysterious of the Great White shark. Find out why so little is known about them, and how new technology is changing that. Stay with us.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Now their evolution began long before the dinosaurs, some 450 million years ago. But we still know very little about the habits and the movements of the Great White shark. And now modern tracking technology is starting to change that.
Now this month on the Art of Movement, Nick Glass joined an expedition of American scientists hoping to unravel the mystery of these fascinating creatures.
NICK GLASS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's all very pretty and very white in Catham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod -- the houses, the picket fences, and as it happens the sharks.
We joined Ocearch, a team of American scientists and fishermen on an expedition to tag Great White sharks.
GREG SKOMAL, CHIEF SCIENTIST, OCEARCH: When it comes to the Atlantic Ocean, we don't know the simplest answers to the simplest of questions.
BRENDA ANDERSON, SCIENTIST, OCEARCH: We don't know their mating activities. We don't know their pupping (ph) activities, or where those activities occur.
NICK WHITNEY, SCIENTIST, OCEARCH: We don't know, for instance, how far they dive, how deep they go in the Atlantic, or we don't know how fast they swim through the water.
CHRIS FISCHER, FOUNDER, OCEARCH: We don't know where they are in between so we can look after them or put a plan together for the future.
GLASS: Scientists have been tagging Great Whites all over the world since the 1960s along the coasts of Australia, South Africa, California, Guatelope, Florida, and now Cape Cod. As many as 500 Great Whites have been tagged. And we are gradually building up a global map of shark movements.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right to the abdominal area. How is the tide?
GLASS: Chief Scientist Greg Skomal has been tagging Great Whites using a harpoon method for years. He thought he had cracked the code.
SKOMAL: Most of the sharks went down to Florida and Georgia, the southeastern United States. Simple migratory pattern, except one shark did not. One shark did something very, very different. It moved off the continental shelf, away from the east coast of the United States down toward Bermuda. And then kept going past Bermuda and went into the part of the Atlantic we call the Sargasso Sea. Her name was curly.
Maybe big, mature females do something very different. And maybe they do that because they're pregnant.
And so that kind of opened a can of worms for me. You know, I had to go about tagging additional fish.
GLASS: Chris Fischer began Ocearch in 2007 and names every shark he tags. So far they've tagged 66 Great Whites. They all seem to have their own personality, their own stories. And they behave differently depending on the gender and the particular ocean.
FISCHER: The male sharks are all living on the beach all the time. They have very little offshore life. They're up and down the coast all the way from Mozambique to Cape Town while the female white sharks, they can travel 1,000 miles a month after month after month. And they have this small coastal portion of their life when they come together with the males, but when they leave they go offshore. They wander way out over to Madagascar and even to the east of Madagascar out into the middle of the Indian Ocean.
And they hang around out there for months and months and months. What are they doing out there? Are they out there gestating their babies?
GLASS: As any fisherman knows, you have to be patient. One the horizon, the small high powered Ocearch fishing boat, the Contender, the Great White was to be caught then catch it and bring it to us. After 14 days out at sea they'd only caught one shark.
Six sunbeaten hours without any word of a bite.
We were resigned to just learning from the experts.
SKOMAL: But when you have that animal in front of you alive, you know, kind of it coming to your world, you just get a whole knew perspective of how big this creature is.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're hooked up.
SKOMAL: We're hooked up. That's critically...
GLASS: The crew are ready and I was about to come face to face with a Great White shark.
LU STOUT: I can't wait to see part two now.
You're watching News Stream. And just ahead another tragic case of cyberbullying. We'll have the latest on the investigation in Florida. Stick around.
LU STOUT: Now all year here on News Stream, we have followed too many stories about cyberbullying and its sometimes deadly consequences. And it seems the victims are being harassed through a wider range of social media.
Now the latest case involves a 12-year-old girl in the U.S. state of Florida. Sara Ganham has her story.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Bullying.
SARA GANIM, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): These students are pledging to stop bullying at Crystal Lake Middle School. No one knew it then, but that very day, one of their former classmates killed herself. She was being bullied, the sheriff's office says, by girls at this school. Heartbreak and another rally hours later, once her family found out what had happened.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I love my sister.
GANIM: It was so secret that Rebecca was being bullied. There were fights in school and police say administrators even tried changing her schedule. Rebecca was hospitalized in December for cutting her wrists. This e-mail shows the sheriff's office opened an investigation and then closed it. Her mother eventually pulled her out of Crystal Lake Middle School all together, but the bullying didn't stop. It continued on social media.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Some of the juveniles have told us that Rebecca was absolutely terrorized on social media by some girls.
GANIM: CNN was at this rally Monday where some students opened up about bullying at Crystal Lake. There were confessions and apologies, but police believe Rebecca was already dead. The sheriff says she jumped from the tower of an abandoned cement plant. Sheriff Grady Judd said laptops and cell phones from about 15 middle school girls have been confiscated as part of the investigation.
And they found messages sent to Rebecca on several social media sites. Messages such as "you should die." and "why don't you go kill yourself?" The sheriff says the night before she jumped, Rebecca sent a message to a 12-year-old North Carolina boy she had befriended online. She wrote "I'm jumping. I can't take it anymore."
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We can see from what we have investigated so far that Rebecca wasn't attacking back. She appeared to be beat down. She appeared to have a defeatist attitude and quite frankly, the entire investigation is exceptionally disturbing to the entire investigative team.
GANIM: Rebecca's mother saw her alive for the last time that night on her phone, texting.
(on camera): Now the sheriff said this may have all started over a boyfriend. And he emphasized that cyberbullying doesn't just happen on social media websites and on computers now, it happens on cellphone applications that kids use to communicate all the time.
Rebecca's mother said she wishes she had been more nosy. She said she'd rather her daughter be here and be mad at her for being nosy then to have her daughter be dead.
Sara Ganim, CNN, Atlanta.
LU STOUT: A disturbing story about online abuse.
Now the newly crowned Miss America has been targeted on Twitter. Now Nina Davuluri is the first American woman of Indian descent.
As you can see, she celebrated her heritage in the talent competition. And speaking to ABC just a short time ago, Davuluri says she was honored to share Bollywood dance on the Miss America stage.
But soon after the Tiara was placed on her head, racist tweets flooded the internet. Davuluri has so far not addressed those comments, but immediately after her win she told reporters that she is proud to be the first Indian Miss America and will promote diversity during her reign.
And that is News Stream. But the news continues at CNN. World Business Today is next.