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World News for Schools:12 January

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Hi there, I'm Leah from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Wednesday January the 12th.

Coming up:

• One year on from the Haiti earthquake -- but a million people are still living in tents.

• And Michael Jackson's doctor is officially accused over his death.

But first -- there's no let up in Australia as flood waters pour into one of its biggest cities, Brisbane. People are fleeing to evacuation centres and tens of thousands of houses are expected to be under water when flood levels peak this evening. BBC reporter Nick Bryant is there:

CLIP:"The situation is going to get worse. People are trying to sandbag their homes in the hope that they can try and block the waters. But that's a pretty forlorn hope. I've just been speaking to the local mayor here, he says that twenty thousand homes are either going to be totally or partially flooded."

There's also been severe flooding in Sri Lanka. Weeks of heavy rain have led to two-hundred thousand people losing their homes -- and the rain shows no sign of stopping.

Men walk through streets in Port-au-Prince carrying water
Transporting water in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti

Next - it's a year since the devastating earthquake in Haiti which killed around two hundred and fifty thousand people. Twelve months on a million people are still homeless and living in makeshift camps. So far hardly any of the rubble from collapsed buildings has been cleared and poor hygiene in camps has led to diseases like cholera spreading, killing many more. Haiti still faces many problems - with much of the money promised by foreign countries not yet received on the ground. Our World News for Schools reporter spoke to Hannah Reichardt who works for the charity Save the Children and is in the capital city Port au Prince:

CLIP: "Save the Children is very concerned that all the money promised hasn't yet made it to the people who need it on the ground in Haiti. What we know is that something like half to sixty per cent of the money promised by the governments hasn't yet made it here."

Before the earthquake hit, many people lived in very poor conditions - with only half of children going to school. Hannah says the kids are a priority:

CLIP: "Children in Haiti have undergone more suffering in the last year than most children in other countries will ever know in their lifetime. They've lost close friends and family , they've seen children like them suffer from cholera and very threatening illnesses. They've had to undergo so much it will have a profound impact on their lives for ever. But we also know that children if they're given the right support can be highly resilient and they can bounce back. But they need to be able to return to a normal childhood as quickly as possible."

Next -- there's to be a trial over the death of pop singer Michael Jackson eighteen months ago. A judge in Los Angeles has ordered his personal doctor to face charges of being accidentally involved in his death -- and not giving the singer proper care. Dr Conrad Murray says -- he's not guilty.

Finally an Italian man has astonished doctors by sneezing a bullet out through his nose after being shot in the head. Darco Sangermano was in hospital waiting for treatment when the bullet popped out of his right nostril. He's expected to make a full recovery.

And for today's question: how fast does the average sneeze travel? Yesterday we asked what two awards were joined to make the new FIFA world player award? And the answer is : French Football magazine's and the old FIFA player of the year awards.

OK, that's all from the World News for Schools team. We're back tomorrow!


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