The worst may be over but hurricane Katrina has taken a heavy toll across southern US states. In Mississippi it is feared dozens of people may have died there.
New Orleans was directly in the storm’s path but was spared the worst when the it turned eastwards. Nevertheless the damage is extensive. As the storm raged Louisana Governor Katherine Blanco said: “The hurricane is by no means over. We’re hearing reports of major wind and water damage, as I said, in Saint Tammany and in Washington Parishes as it moves northward. Wherever you live, it is still too dangerous to come home. “If you’re evacuated and you’re in a shelter, if you’re with friends and family, please, please, stay there. Stay safe. It’s too dangerous to come home.”
Adding to the city’s problems were a handful who stayed behind and raided stores. Officials warned anyone caught looting would be dealt with harshly.
Katrina wrought havoc along much of the US Gulf coast. It hit land as a category four storm but as the hours passed was gradually downgraded to a category one.
Analysts say it could become the most expensive storm in US history, costing insurers the equivalent of tens of billions of euros.
But for now the priority remains getting help to those who need it.