Thousands of people stranded without food and water at the New Orleans convention centre have been crying out for assistance.
Their desperate pleas of “help, help” came as conditions at the shelter continue to degenerate. The US Senate may have approved a request for 10.5 billion dollars in emergency disaster relief to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, but on the streets of the flooded city, anarchy is increasing.
Military reinforcements are being sent in, including 300 Arkansas National Guard troops, just back from Iraq. Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco warned rioters and looters that the soldiers were under her orders to “shoot and kill.”
The hurricane and its aftermath have handed the US president his greatest emergency since September 11.
Vowing zero-tolerance against law-breakers, George W. Bush called upon two of his predecessors to lead a fund-raising campaign.
He himself will visit the disaster zone today.
With hundreds or even thousands feared drowned, news has emerged of one well-known New Orleans resident caught up in the catastrophe. There was concern for rock and roll pioneer Fats Domino amid reports he was unaccounted for.
Later however it was thought he had been plucked to safety.