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Thursday, September 08, 2005

New Orleans Begins Counting Its Dead

Too Little, Too Late?

President Bush declares a state of emergency as New Orleans begins gathering up and counting the dead across a ghastly landscape awash in perhaps thousands of corpses.

As the floodwaters recede and the search for the dead begins, there are grim signs that authorities predict a "staggering death toll" from Hurricane Katrina.

"It is going to be about as ugly of a scene as I think you can imagine," the nation's homeland security chief warned. As authorities struggled to keep order, police shot and killed at least five people Sunday after gunmen opened fire on a group of contractors traveling across a bridge on their way to make repairs."

In New Orleans' Garden District, a woman's body lay at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Magazine Street, a business area with antique shops on the edge of blighted housing. The body had been there since at least Wednesday. As days passed, people covered the corpse with blankets or plastic.

By Sunday, a short wall of bricks had been built around the body, holding down a plastic tarpaulin. On it, someone had spray-painted a cross and the words, "Here lies Vera. God help us."

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3 Comments: 'It's your turn to toss the ball'...

At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't think it was this bad. Whoever messed up will have to pay.

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At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I have to say is that with all the technology the government has they knew the toll Katrina was going take on New Orleans. Now they want to issue a mandatory evacuation after the fact!!! If you can evacuate by force now, you could've done it before !!! No sense in pointing fingers at FEMA because if the government hadn't cut cost for natural disasters and put the funds towards fighting terrorist, then maybe....just maybe FEMA could do a bit more. Also, they cut the cost of repairing the levies in New Orleans. Didn't expect this type of thing to happen huh boys!!

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At 6:27 PM, Anonymous jo said...

I have to agree with the above comment.

We don't have the reserves to fight a war on two fronts.

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