Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Latest news form New Orleans

From: WWL channel 4 Katrina Blog:

3:46 P.M. - Tugboat captain: We have so little help. Send us some food
and water immediately!

3:45 P.M. (AP) - Hurricane Katrina probably killed thousands of people
in New Orleans, the mayor said Wednesday -- an estimate that, if
accurate, would make the storm the nation's deadliest natural disaster
since at least the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

"We know there is a significant number of dead bodies in the water,"
and other people dead in attics, Mayor Ray Nagin said. Asked how many,
he said: "Minimum, hundreds. Most likely, thousands."

The frightening estimate came as Army engineers struggled to plug New
Orleans' breached levees with giant sandbags and concrete barriers,
while authorities drew up plans to clear out the tens of thousands of
people left in the Big Easy and all but abandon the flooded-out city.
Many of the evacuees -- including thousands now staying in the
Superdome -- will be moved to the Astrodome in Houston, 350 miles away.

3:44 P.M. - Tugboat captain who rescued those in Chalmette. "Without
more help, many people will die."

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