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Louisiana: First Hurricane Isaac, now Romney and Obama

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Louisiana: First Hurricane Isaac, now Romney and Obama

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US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has visited the state of Louisiana, after Hurricane Isaac left a trail of destruction.

The trip came hours after the Republican formally accepted his party’s nomination to challenge Barack Obama for the White House in November.

Isaac, which has now been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, caused nearly four metre floods across much of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas but left the city of New Orleans virtually unscathed.

More than half a million people across all three states are still without power. For many residents, who had take refuge in local community centres, Isaac brought back memories of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“We evacuated on Monday. And it’s been really hard on us because, it’s like I’ve been through this before with Katrina and now we have to do it all over again, rebuild,” said one local resident.

At least six people died as a result of Isaac in the US and damage is estimated as high as 1.6 billion euros. President Obama due to visit Louisiana on Monday.