Obama Marks the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Today

Hurricane Kathrina

Today, August 29, the President of the USA Barack Obama will visit New Orleans, Louisiana, Sunday to mark the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

A powerful storm that took place on the same day of the year 2005, flooded much of the city and devastated the region.

Over 1,800 people were killed and more than million – lost their homes as a consequence of the storm.

The states of Louisiana and Mississippi bore the brunt of Katrina’s fury. 80% of New Orleans was covered by floodwater after its protective levees were breached.

As the crisis unfolded, some residents of New Orleans were stranded on the rooftops of flooded homes for days. Thousands of residents sought shelter at the city’s indoor sports arena, the Superdome, but ended up going for days with little food or water.

Much of the region has been rebuilt, but however, some parts of New Orleans still remain scarred by the storm. Majority of that who fled their homes in 2005 have not returned.

The federal response to the disaster was widely criticized as slow and mismanaged, with critics blaming then-President George W. Bush and the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael Brown.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that the United States suffered more economic losses from Hurricane Katrina than from any other storm in history.

Damages and costs from the storm totaled some $125 billion, according to the agency data.

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