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CNN Gets Access To Newly Liberated Areas In E. Ukraine; Charles Addresses Scottish Parliament For First Time As King; Queen's Coffin Now Lying At Rest In Scottish Cathedral; Justice Dept. Open To One Of Trump's Special Master Picks; House Panel Weighing Invitation For Trump, Pence; King Charles III Grieves with Public Over Late Queen; Future of the Monarchy; Experts Forecast Extended Monsoon Season in Pakistan. Aired 1-2a ET

Aired September 13, 2022 - 01:00   ET




JOHN VAUSE, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome to our viewers in the United States and around the world. You're watching CNN Newsroom.

In the hour ahead, in just four days, a lightning-fast Ukrainian counter-offensive is said to have retaken four months of gains by the Russian military. But what's next? Lying in rest. The body of Queen Elizabeth will soon leave Edinburgh and her beloved Scotland of the hundreds of thousands of people on the city streets to pay their respects.

The $100 million Save America PAC which took money from Trump supporters for an election legal challenge that never was, now the focus of federal investigators.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Live from CNN Center. This is CNN Newsroom with John Vause.

VAUSE: As we begin day 202 of Russia's war of choice, Ukrainians are pushing on with their two-front counter-offensive, which is retaken Russian occupied territory at a blistering pace. In parts, Ukrainian officials claimed their forces are just miles from the Russian border. It liberated towns and villages, there is evidence everywhere of a hasty Russian retreat, tanks and other weapons left abandoned.

For weeks, Ukraine to be publicly hinting at a counter-offensive in the south planned for their Independence Day late last month or thereabouts. But it appears the Russians may have been duped by bait and switch with this major push in the Northeast. Numbers are hard to verify. But in less than two weeks, Russia may have suffered one of its biggest losses of the war so far. Here is the Ukrainian President.


VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY, UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT (through translation): Since the start of September, our soldiers have already liberated 6,000 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory in the east and south and we are moving further.


VAUSE: Russian ground retreat though has been followed by Russian airstrikes targeting civilian infrastructure in Kharkiv. Ukrainian gains have been so significant even the Russians had the publicly owned their losses as well as what was a major retreat.

CNN's Melissa Bell and her crew gained access to newly liberated areas in the northeast and report the fighting is ongoing in parts with an exchange of artillery fire. She filed this exclusive report and a warning, parts of her reporting a graphic.


MELISSA BELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: (voice over): The tanks spoke to a hasty Russian retreat, as Ukrainian forces swept eastwards over the weekend, triumphantly raising the flag over Kupiansk on Saturday. Local police forces providing CNN with exclusive access to a key town now meant to be under Ukrainian control.

We still feel uneasy because we've been bombed for four days in a row, says Vasyl and nothing certain yet. Which only became clearer as we headed further in to Kupiansk.

(Speaking Foreign Language)

BELL (on-camera): Aircraft, helicopters turning everything.

(voice over): A first artillery strike, too close for comfort, then a second much closer.

(on-camera): That was the sound of artillery landing just next to our car, or on the car. We have come into Kupiansk hoping to get to that flag to see where it had been planted only yesterday. But as you can see, this Sunday afternoon it's still the scene of some pretty fierce fighting. We'll be hearing the sound of outgoing artillery fire. That was the sound of incoming.

(voice over): The policeman tells us our car was deliberately targeted. Time for us to head back to those part of Kharkiv region now fully under Ukrainian control after six long months.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Generally, as people are happy, they're feeding soldiers, they're cheering, they're celebrating to feel grace, feel like redemption. Yes. Now eager to advance.

BELL (voice-over): But in villages like Zalishchyky, Ukrainian investigators know all too well what they'll find off to Bucha and Borodyanka that were under Russian control for only a month.

Yes, according to our information, we are recording war crimes in almost every village, he says.

This, the body of one of two civilians killed in late February. An early victim of the invasion and evidence now of what six months of Russian occupation have cost.

Melissa Bell, CNN, Kharkiv region.



VAUSE: CNN's Clare Sebastian has more now and how the battlefield is changing in eastern Ukraine, with analysis from the British think tank, Royal United Services Institute.

CLARE SEBASTIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Where Ukraine's counter offensive has reshaped the battlefield in a matter of days, they've taken more territory in the past week than Russia has since April. So the question is, how did they do it?

I want to bring in Neil Melvin, who's the Director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute, which is a think tank here in London. Now, what we're looking at here is the map of what Ukraine has retaken this section here, essentially, an area twice the size of Greater London really, in the past week. Tell me how did they do it?

NEIL MELVIN, ROYAL UNITED SERVICES INSTITUTE: Yes, I mean, it's been a dramatic change and quite a surprise, because everyone had been focusing on the south, down here on the Kherson where we've spoken before about the pressure Ukraine has been putting on here. And this, as it turns out, was a deliberate strategy to try and pull the Russians away from the north.

And then Ukrainians have found a gap in the Russian lines, and they pushed in here very quickly. They've moved very fast, they've got behind the Russians, and the Russian front has collapsed. And so this area now has turned back to Ukrainian control.

SEBASTIAN: And it's still continuing, we're hearing that they're continuing to take settlements. Where do you think the offensive sort of moves next?

MELVIN: Well, the challenge for Russia now is that their front line has collapsed. So their troops are retreating, often in disorder. They need to try and draw a line now to stop the attack. And I think what they want to do is a minimum hang on to this area called Luhansk, which is in this call Donetsk area, which has been an area that the Russians have dominated since 2014, when the first war began.

They can't let the Ukrainians into that space. So they're going to try and pull back, regroup. And Ukrainians will keep advancing until they hit this new frontline. And the Russians will try and hold them there.

SEBASTIAN: How have we got to the point that Ukraine has managed to sort of back Russia into a corner like this? What kind of a difference of the Western supply of weapons made here. I want to zoom in as well on this region, so we can look at it.

MELVIN: Well, I think what we've seen really is a number of things. First of all, the Russian initial attack probably didn't have enough troops and now they've run out of momentum, they're running out of troops, they're running out of often irreplaceable equipment, using these new NATO standard artillery and rockets that have come in the Ukrainians have been destroying all of the supply lines, the stocks of these weapons. And so it's been a very slow process, and then suddenly a very quick wall as the Russians collapse, and they run out.

And also, what the Ukrainians have done very effectively, is they've combined their different parts of the Army --


MELVIN: -- the Air Force, the ground troops, the rockets, and they move very quickly. So the Russians don't have enough forces to control this very long front line. And Ukrainians have punched through that.

SEBASTIAN: And that's where we see this with the red is Russian territory on August 28, and by September 11th --

MELVIN: Exactly. So what we see, the Ukrainians came through here, they pushed on towards coupons, which is a key sort of infrastructure point. And then they struck south and then this key town, the Russians had to basically flip in disorder, and then try and regroup beyond the river.

SEBASTIAN: And I just want to check in for comparison, this was the map back on April 2, when we did another sort of what Russia called regrouping after their withdrawal from Kyiv there. But essentially, they had all this territory up here that they've taken. They were still attacking from Crimea down there. And if you compare that now to what we're seeing, it's a net loss.

MELVIN: Yes, I mean, the Russians are saying that the policing invasion is still going according to plan. But what you see though, as you say, is a series of losses for Russia. They've committed troops, first of all, in Kyiv, then in Donetsk, then down to the south. Now they're trying to possibly push back. They may have lost up to 80,000 troops or 50,000 dead and another 30,000 injured. Thousands of tanks and armored vehicles.

So for all of this period, they've suffered all those losses. And now, Ukraine is I think, sensing that there are gaps, where they can maybe move in further into the south. There's 15,000 to 20,000 Russian soldiers in Kherson on the western side of the river. They can't really get across. Ukrainians are pushing here.

It's possible the Ukrainians will do a third attack somewhere along this line. They'll look for gaps where the Russians can't now deploy to stop them. And they'll try and push in. So they'll keep the Russians on the backfoot now up until the winter.

SEBASTIAN: And so Russia says it will press on with its strategic aims. We'll have to see what that means. Neil Melvin, thank you so much for joining us.

VAUSE: Ukrainian gains in recent days have been so significant even so those pro-Russian supporters are now acknowledging that Vladimir Putin's war of choice isn't exactly unfolding as originally planned. After that, there's been rare criticism coming from inside Russia, with deputies from 18 municipal districts calling for Putin to resign. Petition with a lot of signatures posted Monday on Twitter.


VAUSE: In just a few hours like, Queen Elizabeth will make her final trip back to London and then on to Buckingham Palace to be honored and a final farewell in Scotland. Now in London, the Queen's coffin will remain at Buckingham Palace before it's moved to Westminster Hall on Wednesday, where it will be lying in state until her funeral next Monday.

Ahead of that, preparations have been underway just a short time ago. Soldiers could be seen rehearsing for the Queen's funeral procession outside Buckingham Palace.




VAUSE: Another step of the Queen's final journey, her coffin leaving her official Scottish home on Monday, before the procession to St. Giles' Cathedral where service was then held. It's also where thousands of monarchs have been filing passed her coffin throughout the day and throughout the evening, and even now at 10 past six in the morning today. There's a lot of images of people filing past. The coffin with a draped in the Scottish flag.

Now one of the most moving and poignant moments on Monday came in the Queen's four children, including King Charles III, stood silently for a vigil around her casket. The King pledging to continue the Queen's dedicated service as the new monarch.


KING CHARLES III, UNITED KINGDOM: I take up my new duties with thankfulness for all that Scotland has given me with resolve to seek always the welfare of our country, and its people and with wholehearted trust in your goodwill, and good counsel, as we take forward that task together.


VAUSE: Live now to Buckingham Palace, CNN's Nina de Santos there for us once again. They've had several years to plan for this. Every step is planned out meticulously. So what can we expect today?

NINA DOS SANTOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, what we're expecting is much of the ceremony to take place still in Scotland and also in other parts of the United Kingdom. The four parts that compose this country at King Charles will be heading with Camilla Queen Consort over to Northern Ireland, where he'll be meeting with representatives of the political parties that have been voted into the Stormont assembly, the local government there that hasn't sat for many years.

And he'll also take part in a special memorial service that will be happening at St, Anne's Cathedral in Belfast in Northern Ireland, alongside not just members of the political elite of Northern Ireland but also the (INAUDIBLE) of Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the prime minister of that nation, and the President of Ireland as well just goes to show how crucial parts of the United Kingdom and also their neighboring country. Ireland is united in this moment of grief and mourning for the loss of his late mother.

Now when it comes to the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, that will be moving from Scotland by airplane and will land here in London on the outskirts of London and then Royal Air Force Base, probably around about 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. in the evening. Accompanying that coffin on the plane will be the Queen's only daughter, the Princess Royal Princess Anne.

By the time it arrives here at Buckingham Palace, later on, it'll be greeted by King Charles III, Camilla and also other members of the royal family. It will then lay here overnight, watched over by chaplains in the ballroom in Buckingham Palace, before of course, heading over to Westminster Hall to Lyon state for four days, thereafter. During which time it's expected that tens if not hundreds of thousands of people will converge upon the British capital to pay their respects to the only monarch that many people in this country have known so far. John?

VAUSE: And Nina, we're talking last hour, but sort of equivalent events here in terms of what London has seen over the years. Like when maybe Princess Diana's funeral is something we could sort of relate to in terms of the scale of what we're about to see. There is a big difference, though, in terms of threat assessment. Now you have so many heads of states heading to London. 2022 is a much different world compared to 1997.

DOS SANTOS: Yes, absolutely. And I think various members of the policing and army that will be involved in policing this event, and also considering just the logistics of the huge crowd control that they're going to need to implement over the next coming days, we'll be very much aware of that. There's various different issues that they have to plan for. On the one hand, they have to plan for potential terrorist attacks, they have to plan for protests, they have to plan for just the possibility that people might move forward and suddenly lunge in these large crowds towards the coffin to get a closer view.

And of course, as we've seen over the last few days, John, we're talking about people who are very elderly and also very young, who are going to be coming to pay their respects. So this is going to be a huge policing operation. It's expected that up to three quarters of a million people could converge upon the British capital over the days to come, the four days during which the Queen's coffin will be lying in state in Westminster Hall before moving to Westminster Abbey for that official state funeral.

[01:15:15] It's a big headache, but it is one that authorities have been preparing for for many, many years. And we indeed saw them preparing just earlier about an hour and a half ago, outside Buckingham Palace. That's what we're going to see over the next few days. It is akin only to the type of state funeral that the U.K. had to deal with back in 1965 when great wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill died then. John?

VAUSE: Nina, thank you. Nina dos Santos there live outside Buckingham Palace. Appreciate your time. Thank you.

Well, a lot more on Queen Elizabeth's final journey, the memorial plans and the new royal era later this hour. Meantime, we'll take a short break. When we come back, the U.S. Justice Department wants to know more about Donald Trump's 2020 campaign fundraising. Now that might be related to the U.S. Capitol riots. And why is it House committee investigating the insurrection meeting later today? We'll find out.



VAUSE: Welcome back, the federal investigation into the January 6 insurrection appears to be escalating and quickly. Dozens of mostly mid-level staffers from Donald Trump's White House and campaign have been subpoenaed by federal investigators. CNN's Sara Murray has details.

SARA MURRAY, CNN POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: CNN is learning from sources that the Justice Department has subpoenaed more than 30 people in former President Donald Trump's orbit as part of its investigation into efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election. Now these include a number of big names, people like Bill Stepien, who was the former Trump campaign director, people like Dan Scavino, Trump's former Deputy Chief of Staff, and Brian Jack, a former White House political director.

Now this appears to be an effort by the Justice Department to sort of stuck up and gather as much information as possible, while it's on the cusp of this quiet period, a period that it tries to not take any overt investigative actions that could be seen as influencing the outcome or the potential outcome of an election. And we know from talking to sources about these subpoenas, they're very broad. Some of them are seeking information related to the fake elector's plot. Some of them are seeking information related to this Save America PAC, a political and fundraising vehicle for the former president.

Others are asking for any documents people may have handed over to the January 6 Select Committee. Some are seeking just documents, some are seeking documents and testimony. So this is a wide and aggressive effort by the Justice Department and an indication that that investigation is intensifying. Sara Murray, CNN, Washington.

VAUSE: And the committee will meet in person in the day ahead with a decision outstanding on whether Donald Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence should be invited to appear and testify. Sources tell CNN there's no real expectation either will actually show up, but invitations should be extended for the record. The committee is also expected to plan its next round of hearings ahead of a final report likely released in December.

There appears to be an agreement on a special master to review materials seized by the FBI during a search of Donald Trump's at Mar- a-Lago home. The Justice Department says it's open to appointing Raymond Dearie, who was chosen by Team Trump. He served as a federal judge in New York since he was nominated by then President Ronald Reagan. Trump's attorneys have rejected both candidates put forward by the Justice Department. CNN's Jessica Schneider has details.


JESSICA SCHNEIDER, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: Federal Judge Aileen Cannon facing a critical decision on how the special master process should proceed as the disagreements between Trump's legal team and the Justice Department escalate in court filings. Lawyers for the former president saying the DOJ's criminal inquiry into the potential mishandling of classified documents is simply a document storage dispute that has spiraled out of control and questioning whether there was an urgent need for the FBI to search Mar-a-Lago.

JAMES TRUSTY, DONALD TRUMP'S LAWYER: To have this search warrant based on failed narrow negotiations, I suppose, that allowed the government to basically ransack the president's residence.

SCHNEIDER: Trump's legal team now asking Judge Cannon to deny DOJ 's request that investigators be able to continue reviewing the classified documents they seized. But also seeming to sidestep the former president's common refrain that he declassified all documents, only saying that Trump had the authority to declassify anything he wanted, and arguing the documents found at Mar-a-Lago were secure in a locked room, writing there is no indication any purported classified records were disclosed to anyone.

But one of their main disagreements, even Trump ally Chris Christie thinks Trump's team has a losing argument.

CHRIS CHRISTIE, FORMER TRUMP ADVISER: Their main thrust is that some of these may be covered by executive privilege. Well, there's only one executive who can assert the privilege and that's the one who's the current executive, Joe Biden.

SCHNEIDER: Judge Cannon is asking Trump and the DOJ to come to some agreement on the special master review, but to little avail, each side putting up their preferred candidates for the job. Trump's legal team on Monday objecting to the DOJ's proposed candidates while refusing to give reasons why, saying they'll explain to the judge in private, and both sides suggesting different timelines. DOJ wanting to review finished by mid-October, as opposed to the 90-day deadline set forth by Trump's side.

Meanwhile, court documents show a Texas woman is under arrest tonight for allegedly leaving three threatening voicemails for the judge calling for her assassination. The disturbing fallout from the highly publicized court proceedings come at the same time we're learning new details about how Trump repeatedly told aides after his election loss that he would refuse to leave the White House.

New York Times Reporter Maggie Haberman detailing in her new book how Trump told one aide, "I'm just not going to leave." Telling another, "We're never leaving. How can you leave when you want an election."


SCHNEIDER: And things are ramping back up for the January 6 committee. They'll be meeting in person on Tuesday when we've learned they'll addressed one of their most consequential questions yet. Should they formally request former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence to appear before the committee?


That committee is telling our team they don't expect either man to testify, but that they do believe invitation should be extended for the record and to really show the completeness of the committee's efforts. Jessica Schneider, CNN, Washington.

VAUSE: Coverage of a new royal era picks up after the break. King Charles III's first week of sovereign beginning with a grand ceremony as well as a feeling of loss as any mark shares the public's grief of losing their Queen for this month.



JOHN VAUSE, CNN ANCHOR: Just coming up to 30 minutes past the hour. Welcome back to our viewers here in the United States and all around the world. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM. I'm John Vause.

In the coming hours, the coffin carrying the late Queen Elizabeth will depart Edinburgh, Scotland and returned to London. Then, it will take place in Buckingham Palace where members of the royal family will be waiting.

By Wednesday, the Queen will be lying in state in Westminster Hall until her funeral next Monday.

Rehearsals and preparations have been underway in London where the processional rehearsals took place here a short time ago outside Buckingham palace.

King Charles and the Queen Consort will soon leave Edinburgh for Northern Ireland where they'll meet the government leaders, attend a prayer service and (INAUDIBLE) as well. King Charles' first day as Britain's new monarch have been somber, as he leads the public in saying farewell to his mother.

CNN's Bianca Nobilo has our story.


BIANCA NOBILO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: King Charles III's first full week as sovereign began with the full force of Britain's pomp and circumstance. The new king addressed members of parliament and the House of Lords in Westminster Hall.

KING CHARLES III, BRITISH MONARCH: I am deeply grateful for the addresses of condolence.

NOBILO: Built more than 900 years ago by his ancestor, William III, the chain of history to which he now belongs, he felt.

KING CHARLES III: As I stand before you today, I cannot help but feel the weight of history, which surrounds us.

NOBILO: Yet, there were little chance to stand on ceremony, following a rendition of the national anthem.

The king swapped his four wheels for a pair of wings. Destined for Edinburgh and for his first time since Friday was with his mother at the palace of Holyroodhouse. As the king arrived, he paused with members of the public offering their condolences before a short ceremony on the ground where he was often the key to the city of Edinburgh.

The distinct sound of Scotland announced the arrival of the coffin. Borne on the shoulders of the pall bearers, the Queen began her final hours in her beloved Scotland.

Down the Royal Mile, the Queen was followed by her children. Then, measured footsteps echoed. The crowd deeply solemn.

Over the skies, the 21 gun salute boomed from Edinburgh castle. As the Queen entered St. Giles Cathedral, a somber thoughtful service unfolded.

After members of the public filed peacefully around the late queen, her coffin topped with the crown of Scotland. Following an hour long meeting with Scottish lawmakers, the king led his three siblings back to St. Giles'.

They stood resolutely still, head bowed and thought alongside their mother, sadness on their faces. For ten contemplative minutes, they shared their private grief alongside members of the public as their mother said goodbye to Scotland.


VAUSE: Frank Ross is a local councilor for Edinburgh, and the city's former Lord Provost which obviously you might consider a mayor.

Frank Ross, thank you for being with us.

FRANK ROSS, LOCAL COUNCILOR FOR EDINBURGH: Thank you very much. Delighted to be here. VAUSE: Well thank you sir. Now as the funeral cortege has moved through Edinburgh, was there one moment for you so far, where you seem to capture the solemn mood the feeling amongst tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people who send out to pay their respects?

ROSS: Absolutely. I think the most moving part was yesterday when the cortege moved from the palace of Holyroodhouse up to St. Giles, with the coffin-covered in (INAUDIBLE) of Scotland and the king and his siblings walking up the Royal Mile to the church.

I think such a public display was the bit that really caught me.

VAUSE: And it was done almost in total silence. And all through the night, people have continue to fall past her majesty's coffin.

ROSS: Yes, absolutely. And the silence was the thing that was most extraordinary because on previous occasions, when her majesty had visited the capitol, it was not unusual for spontaneous applause to burst out from the crowd at the site of her, just as a welcome.

And, to have a mile of people, I don't know the number, every 30 or 40,000 people in total silence, a very somber mood.


VAUSE: And Queen Elizabeth had a love for Scotland. Her family would call it her happy place judging by the size of the crowd on Monday, that feeling seems fairly mutual. Is it fair to say that the respect is paid to the Queen but not necessarily to the institute of the monarchy?

ROSS: Well, I think it is very difficult -- Very difficult to separate the two in particular given the length of service that the Queen gave. She became synonymous with the monarchy. She is the monarchy.

And the personal respect for her is certainly, absolutely unmeasurable. She has been -- for 80 percent of the population, she has been the only steadfast -- the rock that people have been able to base their lives on for the last 70 years.

VAUSE: And will that outpouring of respect, the grief, the sympathy, the goodwill, will that translate into support for King Charles?

ROSS: I think it already has in terms of the way that the king was welcomed into the city. When he arrived yesterday.

He has been a regular visitor prior to becoming a king and is well- liked and respected in the capital.

VAUSE: Certainly, at this, stage. Certainly not held in the same regard as his mother though.

ROSSS: Well, I don't think that there is an individual in the world who is held in the same regard as his mother. Se is an -- she was an institution in her own right. And people from across the globe recognize and have responded with respect following her death, a totally unique individual in the history of the world.

VAUSE: Yes, good point. In terms of Scottish independence, though the First Minister wants to keep the monarchy, even if Scotland does actually gain independence.

ROSS: Yes.

VAUSE: Is that a sentiment which is shared by most?

ROSS: It is certainly the policy of the party of the First Minister of the Scottish National Party. I think, if you look around the world, there are many independent countries within the commonwealth that-- Australians, New Zealand, Canada, they still have the monarch as the head of state. And I can imagine that that being any different than an independent Scotland.

VAUSE: Frank Ross there in Edinburgh, we thank you. And as you've been talking we've been looking at these live images from St. Giles Cathedra where these mourners continue to file past Her Majesty's coffin and paying their respects. Also in almost total silence as they have for most of this somber ceremony.

Now, just ahead, as King Charles begins his reign, a much younger generation is asking why the monarchy is needed in the first place.

Once again, we have live images inside St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. We're taking a short break with those images. We'll be back in a moment.



VAUSE: Typhoons are now headed toward Shanghai, one of China's most populated areas. Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri joins us now with the details on this. Yes, Shanghai and typhoons do not go well together.

PEDRAM JAVAHERI, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Yes, you know, when you consider the population density, John, they were talking about 26 million people in the path of an incoming tropical system.

So, just a lot of people taking this very seriously, you take a look at the images out of Taiwan. Folks are beginning to bring their boats across some of the land areas here getting it away off shore and You'll notice, we're taking about rainfall amounts across parts of Taiwan, half a meter, or upwards of 20 inches, especially with (INAUDIBLE) in a span of six months, coming down to the span of three days across portions of eastern Taiwan.

And also the Ryukyu island in southern Japan also picking up 400 millimeters or about 15 inches in a span of two days. But really, activity beginning to flourish here.

(INAUDIBLE) one tropical system. There's been incoming tropical depression. We found the most oppressing one right now just north of Taipei.

And you'll notice, all guidance are taking this category one pushing into the category two strength system. Right across areas of Shanghai. We, think within the next 36 or so hours both the initial area of land -- all population for that city about 8 million.

So, to compare New York City, that is the main -borough - that's where the landfall is expected. And then beyond this Shanghai population of 26 million, equivalent to the entirety of the state of New York and the state of Massachusetts put together so it kind of speaks to just how densely populated this region is.

And rainfall amounts 150, maybe 250 millimeters in a few spots we are talking about maybe 10, 12 inches coming down in this very densely populated environment.

City center's at 26 million, by the way. The metro population sits at 40 million. So again, conditions are going to go downhill very quickly here, for the next 36 hours.

You'll notice, anytime you get heavy rainfall, and natural ground that certainly could see a lot of that become and absorbed very little that becomes runoff.

But when you put that in an urban environment like shanghai of 55 percent of what falls out of the sky, hits that like concrete and becomes a runoff. And that's why flooding can become a major concern in these areas.

So these are stories are following very carefully. And we know another system back behind us, forecast to move over open waters -- but those three storms that we are watching this because multiple potential impacts here over the next several days, John.

VAUSE: Starting to heat up, huh, Pedram?


VAUSE: Thank you. Pedram Javaheri there with the details. Thank you.

Pakistan's climate change minister warns parts of the country are still facing devastation from an unprecedented flood emergency. Months of heavy monsoon rains have caused rivers and lakes to burst their banks, destroying cities and towns, forcing millions to flee their homes.

Rainy season, experts say, is likely to last longer than usual and outbreak of disease are now of concern in camps for those who have been displaced.

Live now to Islamabad, CNN's Sophia Saifi. What do we know about this emergency -- how much longer is it expected to go? How is Pakistan coping with a natural disaster they really can't afford?

SOPHIA SAIFI, CNN CORRESPONDENT: John, this is something that has become a massive burden for Pakistan's government and for Pakistan's economy. We have been told by Pakistan's climate change minister say the amount of 70 percent of Pakistan's onion crop has been completely decimated.

There are also massive concerns because of the concern of disease that have come up amongst the people who have been heavily affected. Hundreds and thousands of people have been forced to leave their home.


SAIF: There's been a complete deluge of water everywhere. The amount of dengue cases which are mosquito related -- a disease that is connected to mosquito bites, and comes up during the monsoon season, that has increased by 50 percent in the city of Karachi alone which was also affected by floods earlier in the summer.

And, that is something that the climate change ministry has said is going to be an issue in south affected regions in the months to come. There is a health crisis looming.

Pakistan still does not have enough supplies, enough tents, supply chain to provide people with this aid. The U.N. secretary general was holding a special visit over the weekend to over the weekend to highlight what has happened here in Pakistan.

And he spoke about climate carnage that he has never seen anything like this before. And that the world needs to come together to help the people of Pakistan. The situation, for example, in the southern province of Sindh is not improving anytime soon.

The -- we have spoken to officials on the ground in Sindh and they said that, yes, because of the fact that Manchar Lake (ph) which is one of the freshwater lakes in the world that have begun to overflow earlier this month that have been breached.

But because of that, hundreds of thousands of people have been moved. Villages have been deluding -- under a delusion of water and we've also been told bar officials on the ground that while waters have begun to recede, there are concerns that the Indus motor highway, which is one of the main highways in Sindh connecting the rest of the country to the port city of Karachi which is the financial hub of Pakistan is now -- bits of it are under water. These images that we continue to see all this part of Pakistan.

Again, you know, we cannot forget that this is something that this happened from the north to the very south of the country. And while the southern regions are horribly affected, the images that we are seeing, livestock -- completely submerged by water. Toll plazas submerged by water. Villagers having to move in what was immense strain to what we are now seeing in this immense heat. 34 degrees Centigrade, immense heat expected here in the month of September with people passed out and living under makeshift tents this hot scorching sun without enough water, without enough food and giving birth in the heat with just, just a situation that we have to continue to monitor and continue to report on as (INAUDIBLE) I think we need to report on (INAUDIBLE) that we can report as they face this analogy (ph).

VAUSE: Yes, thank you Sophia. Appreciate it.. It's a big story to cover. Thank you.

We'll take a short break. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM. Back in a moment.



VAUSE: Welcome back.

The 74th Emmy Awards aired on Monday. It was a day late because of American football. The show featured repeat wins and new favorites but also a network showdown between HBO and Netflix.

HBO's "Succession" won outstanding drama -- one of 38 awards the (INAUDIBLE) took home, with all the ceremonies combined (ph). Both CNN and HBO are part of Warner Bros/Discovery.

It is sort of made (ph) with Netflix's "Squid Games". Actor Lee Jung- Jae became the first South Korean performer to win outstanding lead actor in a drama series. It was also the first non-English series to get a nomination in that category.

Back now to our top story. The new royal era and Charles heads to Northern Ireland today for his first visit as king. Queen Elizabeth was seen as a force of reconciliation after the violence and bloodshed known as the Troubles.

She made a number of visits to Northern Ireland, but only made her first visit to Ireland in 2011. And then she acknowledged a complex past.


QUEEN ELIZABETH II, FORMER BRITISH MONARCH: It is a sad and regrettable reality that through the history, our islands have experienced more than their fair share of heartache, turbulence and loss. These events have touched us all. Many of us personally.


VAUSE: Queen Elizabeth was personally impacted by the conflict when the Irish Republican army killed her husband's uncle, Lord Louie Mountbatten (ph) in 1979. Still, as part of reconciliation efforts in 2012, she shook hands with the former IRA commander, Marta Maginnis. He (INAUDIBLE) committed to overthrowing her rule in Northern Ireland.

During her reign, Queen Elizabeth held to more than 120 countries. Those world tours were often unforgettable moments for so many. And from those countries and others that were part of the commonwealth, there've been no shortages of tribute.

In Hong Kong, a British colony until the lease expired in 1997, mourners left hours in utter remembrances, is expressing grief over the Queens passing. India ordered all flags to fly at half staff, stuff, including this one. The country just celebrated their 75th anniversary of independence from Britain last month. The UAE and Britain have had strong ties for decades. That history was on display at the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the world', tallest building lit up in tribute to her majesty.

Residents also paying their respects, and signing condolences. They left flowers at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. (INAUDIBLE) as much as Great Britain rather this morning. The late great Queen Elizabeth, some are questioning the future of the monarchy.

King Charles III's reign, having just begin from Britain, particular the younger generation asking why the U.K. still has a royal family at all. CNN's Nada Bashir has the story.


NADA BASHIR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Deeply admired and widely revered, Queen Elizabeth leaves behind a towering legacy. Drawing mourners in their thousands to commemorate her life. But, away from Buckingham Palace, the prospect of a new royal era strikes a different cord.

For my side, absolutely, (INAUDIBLE) -- really have the level of diplomatic influence as they do.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's not the key to tradition but it's just they're not very -- not as --


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: -- they're not as important as they were back 100 years ago. I think it's definitely time to rethink. And I know a lot of people loved Queen Elizabeth.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And I don't think that same fondness is there for King Charles is there for King Charles III.

BASHIR: The royal family has faced criticism over its colonial past, which it has acknowledged. The enduring commonwealth, a legacy of the British empire.

But, a poll carried out ahead of the Queen's platinum jubilee found that two out of three British people still support keeping the monarchy.

Others are questioning the royal family's place in modern society. Particularly, as the country faces a deepening cost of living crisis with energy bills and food prices soaring.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They should definitely put more money back for those guys and feed into the system for people who actually genuinely need and he needs the help.

BASHIR: Now, King Charles takes on the challenge of cementing the royal family's place and relevance in modern Britain.

Nada Bashir, CNN -- London.


VAUSE: Thank you for watching this hour of CNN NEWSROOM. I'm John Vause. I will be back in just a moment.

Becky Anderson taking the lead at Buckingham Palace. See you soon.