Katrina was only the third most powerful storm of the season, but the devastation
it caused made headlines around the world. It was a category 4 storm when it hit
calls for a complete evacuation, 150,000 are thought to have remained in New Orleans.
the impact on New Orleans was given priority in the news coverage, probably due
to the breaking of the levee and the dramatic pictures of people clinging to the
rooftops of the drowning city,
the storm also devastated parts of the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, as well
as other parts of Louisiana.
New Orleans Convention Center and the Louisiana Superdome were used as a refuge
center inside the city. The conditions inside soon deteriorated.
pictures revealed the victims were mostly poor African-Americans which raised
questions as to the state of racial equality in the world's richest country.
response to the disaster was roundly criticized as being too slow. The rescue
effort only began on 1st September with people starting to be moved from the Convention
levee was fixed on 6th September by the Army Corps of Engineers and pumping out
of the water began.
total death toll has been put at 1,300 with $150bn damage to private property
and infrastructure. 1 million people were displaced. 400,000 lost their jobs.