tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS November 11, 2013 7:00pm-7:30pm EST
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, bodies in the streets. survivors cry for help. that is the story for the philippines tonight four days after typhoon haiyan. it was one of the worst storms ever observed on the earth. the u.s. navy estimates sustained winds were 195 miles an hour with gusts up to 235. that force pushed a surge of sea water estimated between 13 and 20 feet high over the land. this was tacloban, a thriving city of more than 200,000 residents before the storm. and this is after. nearly every building damaged or destroyed. families scoured the ruins for anything they could use. this boy found just a few coins. this evening, the official death toll has passed 1,700 but that
is sure to go much higher. there is just no way to tell how many have died. a mother went for her son in a chapel that is now a morgue. seth doane in the philippines continues our coverage. >> reporter: a forest of flattened palm trees and waterlogged debris now litter this city of 220,000 after a massive wall of water crashed into tacloban. the ferocious winds and surging tides sent homes out to sea and ships on to land. this distraught mother said she fought to hang on to her daughter when the water rushed ashore but she couldn't hold on. "i thought we were both going to drown." she said. bloated corpses lie amid the rubble as residents help collect the dead. thousands are still missing. makeshift shelters are already overflowing. caring for the living is a
daunting challenge. >> we don't need pity, we just need your help! >> reporter: survivors lined up, desperate for food, water, and medicine but debris-clogged streets and collapsed roads and bridges have limited access to the hardest-hit area. "it's difficult," this woman said. "we are helpless like a newborn. there is no more food inside." u.s. marines joined the rescue efforts today packing up food aid. brigadier general paul kennedy surveyed the devastation from the air. >> every building is either significantly damaged or destroyed. it's a 15 to 25-foot wave came across entire villages and so everything's wiped out. >> reporter: philippine soldiers have taken up posts at the few businesses that survived the typhoon but there have been many reports of looting. there's no power in most of the island and many families still don't know whether their relatives survived. this airport terminal was turned
into a delivery room when a woman went into labor this morning. she gave birth to a baby girl but a military doctor treating them feared for the mother's health because he'd run out of antibiotics. >> pelley: seth doane is joining us now from manila. seth, the philippine road network is bad on a good day. i wonder how much trouble relief workers are having getting into this devastated area. >> reporter: scott, aid workers are having a very, very difficult time. they say tripped that should take six hours are taking 12 hours. we've heard stories of people having to go on motorcycles so that they can pick up the motorcycles and put them over trees that have fallen in these roadways. manila here, the capital city, has been spared and it's being used as a sort of space for those relief workers coming in. we're expecting to see hundreds of cargo planes leaving the capital over the next couple of days. scott? >> pelley: seth, you'll be on
cbs "this morning" tomorrow and we'll have you back here tomorrow night. seth doane in the philippines. thank you, seth. we have with us on the telephone nicola jones of the international re red sox. she is in tacloban, the town hardest hit. what have you seen there? >> it's complete devastation. there is about 100% damage to buildings and shelter and there's debris everywhere. >> pelley: nicola, how are the survivors being cared for at this point? >> well, at the moment the situation here is really serious. there's not enough food or water at the moment. some aid is supposed to be arriving today on some planes provided by by the u.s., actually, some aid is going to come in this afternoon. that's what people really need. also, obviously, then shelter will be the main thing. at moment people are sleeping either outside or in this kind
of shell of any building that did manage to not completely collapse. >> pelley: is there any way toest nate dead in the region that you know of? >> i think different figures have been mentioned. there's no confirmed numbers here but it's fair to say there would be several thousand in the region. >> pelley: nicola jones with the international committee of the ro ro *ebgs speaking with us from tacloban in the philippines. we want to give you a sense of the size of the typhoon. here's a satellite view as it approached the philippines, a chain of,000 islands. if the same storm had hit the east coast of the united states it would have covered an area from florida all the way to new england. the storm buzz sawed straight through the middle of the philippines. cbs con triptor barnaby low was in leyte on assignment for chinese television. >> reporter: just as we
finished this report typhoon haiyan unleashed its full furry. winds up to 190 miles an hour blew the roof tops off. debris was flying in all directions. the ocean rose several feet in just a few minutes. huge waves crashed into our hotel. >> reporter: the rain didn't stop for hours then the ceiling in the room caved in and we had to change rooms again. for three hours, we didn't know if we would survive. but nothing prepared us for what we saw when the storm finally moved on. the devastation was complete. scott, survivors here now face
living without water or power. aid has started to be delivered, but this is going to be a massive job and getting around is still very difficult. >> pelley: barney lo reporting from lay tae. 90 u.s. marines landed in the philippines over the weekends and right now several u.s. navy ships are rushing to the area, including the aircraft carrier "george washington." the "george washington" was on a port visit in hong kong and is expected to arrive in 72 hours. there are more than three million filipino americans, many of them here are anxious for news and eager to help. here's don dahler. >> reporter: desperate to track down her family in her hometown of tacloban, jackie duer turned to facebook. that's how she found out what their 78-year-old mother did to save their lives. >> my mother and younger sister were holding on the a refrigerator floating around in muck for 45 minutes. they put the young children inside the refrigerator.
>> reporter: they used it as a boat? a refrigerator? >> yes. >> reporter: her family survived but lost everything. she's collecting emergency supplies and raising money. >> we direly need help. this is for real. this is hell. >> reporter: across america people are doing what they can to help. from supplies donated at a car dealership? san bruno, california, to cash donations in the part of jersey city, new jersey, known as little manila. military veterans from l.a. are forming search-and-rescue teams. matt p *eelak is one of the leaders. >> tools, saws, flashlights, sleeping packs, you name it. it these go on our backs. >> reporter: call centers, including this one in philadelphia, are putting family members in touch. but thousands remain missing, including jackie dewer's little brother. he's the one you're most concerned about right now. >> right now, yes. >> reporter: and his family? >> and his family, yes. >> reporter: dewer's son is on a plane to manila with a load of supplies. he'll drive to tacloban but
after hearing stories, scott, of aid convoys being robbed on the way dewer is afraid for his safety. >> pelley: don dahler, thank you, don. moving on to another important story, tonight we have learned that the project manager in charge of building the federal health care web site was apparently kept in the dark about serious failures in the web site's security. those failures could lead to identity theft among people buying insurance. the project manager testified to congressional investigators behind closed doors but our sharyl attkisson has obtained the first look at a partial transcript of his testimony. >> reporter: henry ciao, healthcare.gov's chief project manager at the centers for medicare and medicaid services gave nine hours of closed-door testimony to the house oversight committee in advance of this week's hearing. in excerpts we've obtained, kha *u was asked about a memo that outlined important security risks discovered in the insurance system.
chao said he was unaware of the september 3 government memo written by another senior official at c.m.s. it found two high-risk issues, which are redacted for security reasons. the memo said "the threat and risk potential toll the system is limitless." the memo shows c.m.s. gave deadlines of mid-2014 and early 2015 to address them. but chao testified he'd been told the opposite. according to federal standards, high-risk means the vulnerability could be expected to have a severe or catastrophic adverse effect on organizational operations, assets, or individuals. it was chao who recommended it was safe to launch the web site october 1. when shown the security risk memo, chao said "i just want to say that i haven't seen this before." a republican staff lawyer asked
"do you find it surprising that you haven't seen this before?" chao: yeah, i mean, wouldn't you be surprised if you were me? he later added: >> reporter: late today, health and human services told us the private and security of consumers' personal information are a top priority and consumers can trust their information is protected by stringent security standards. scott, the author of the security memo tony trenkle retired from c.m.s. last week. no reason was given. >> pelley: sharyl attkisson in our washington newsroom. sharyl, that you can. negotiations over iran's nuclear program seemed to fall apart over the weekend. iran appeared willing to trade a freeze on enrichment of uranium in exchange for an easing of international sanctions that have crippled its economy. elizabeth palmer covered the talks and, liz, when we spoke on friday it looked like they were working on a deal.
what happened? >> we still don't know the details. certainly they tried very hard. they were still talking until after midnight on saturday. today iran's foreign minister is blaming infighting between america and its allies whereas secretary john kerry said, no, in the end it was the iranians who walked a i away from a solid proposal. there are three likely deal-breaking issues, if you like. one is iran's nuclear stockpile, what would be done with it. secondly, a half-built reactor that's still under construction which could produce plutonium which could be turned into a bomb and, thirdly, something the u.s. says it will not do: recognize iran's right tone rich uranium on its soil. in spite of the discord, though, there does seem to be a deal thao *es within reach because te negotiators are going back to geneva on the 20th of november. >> pelley: liz palmer in london, thank you, liz. in a first, the pope is asking american catholics for their
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>> reporter: the vatican has taken the unprecedented step of asking bishops to survey their diocese. father james martin is the editor of the catholic magazine "america." >> i think it's definitely a recognition that the teachings of the church on these particular hot-button topics are not being received as the vatican would like them to be received. >> reporter: the 38-question survey asks, among other things "what questions do divorce and remarried people pose to the church concerning the sacraments?" rehraoeupblgs you rites that include communion. and "is there a law in your country recognizing civil unions for people of the same sex and i kuwaiting it in some way to marriage." father martin says the idea is to reconcile what's preachd from the pulpit and the reality of life for people in the pews. to someone who would say "the catholic church is not a democracy, you would say -- >> the catholic church is not an autocracy, either, and it's not a dictatorship.
and the holy spirit is at work through everybody. the great saints and martyrs, you know, were often not popes and bishops, they were lay people and they were people who were mothers and fathers and lawyers and doctors. >> reporter: pope francis himself has said it is not necessary for the church to focus only on issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and contraception. catholic teaching is clear on those issues. under church law contraception is a sin and divorced catholics cannot be remarried in the church. that's of great interest to sill gee. she's a devout catholic who got divorced three years ago. she asked us not to use her last name. what's the message, you think, rome is sending to people like you with this survey? >> we care about you. i think that's what they're saying. it's like we care about you and if you're hurting we want to help you. >> reporter: the bishops have until january to gather responses which will be sent to
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>> pelley: the new york stock exchange held a moment of silence for veterans day today and then the dow hit another all-time high closing up 21 points at. 15,783. americans all over the country honored the men and women who served and sacrificed in the arms services. at arlington national cemetery, president obama placed a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns and spoke of conflicts past and present. >> by this time next year the transition to afghan-led security will be nearly complete. the longest war in american history will end. (applause). >> reporter: there was a standing ovation for richard overton. at 107 the former senator is believed to be the oldest-living veteran of world war ii. in new york, the military's
first female four-star general led the parade. ann dun woody retired last year after a 38 year career in the army. and in britain a funeral was held for harold percival who served in the royal air force in world war ii. he died last month at 99 with few friends or family. but when his story was picked up on the internet, hundreds turned out to honor him. war stories in six words, next.
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>> pelley: finally tonight, the assignment was straightforward. the veterans were asked to describe war: the anguish, the boredom, the horror, in exactly six words. michelle miller tells us what happens next. >> this is one of my favorite ones on the web site. >> reporter: knees graduates believe a lot can be said in just six words. >> responsibilities, causing maturing beyond my years. >> reporter: these are just a few of the thousand, six-word war stories they've collected from combat veterans since june. "hearts and minds, i lost both." "taliban bullet, army hospital, found love."
it's their way of helping the war-weary begin their emotional recovery. >> there's tragedy, there's sadness, there's -- you know, you have good memories, bad memories. so it's hard to package it in six words and what comes out is gratifying. it's inkwhraebl six words can say and how different each one is. >> reporter: many are about the gut wrenching routine of war. "nicotine, caffeine, dead friends, no sleep." others use humor. "where did i leave my pants?" or focus on more personal battles. "divorce, despair, only god could repair." what were your six words? >> i never deployed so my six words were "never deployed, uncomfortable with thank yous." >> reporter: but wheel right spent 15 months on the front lines in iraq. he lost 14 classmates. >> my six-- currently--
>> reporter: currently. so it changes? >> it changes daily, i think. >> reporter: you're avoiding this. i see it. >> i am, but, you know, if i dig a little deeper my six words are "through madness comes clarity and understanding." >> reporter: through madness? >> yes. war is absolute mattness. there's no rhyme or reason to it. i don't know how any of us got through it. i really don't. >> reporter: sharing war's complexities in simple sentences. michelle miller. cbs news, scottsdale, arizona. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" this veterans day. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
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