US President George W Bush has asked Congress for an extra 52 billion dollars to help the regions devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
It has wreaked havoc throughout the southern Gulf states, spanning an area half the size of France. And forecasters are predicting more storms, such as Ophelia which is nearing Florida and Nate which passed south of Bermuda on Wednesday. In New Orleans, 60 percent of which remains under water, the danger of floods has been replaced by the growing risk of fire. The hurricane is estimated to have cost the US nearly 100 billion dollars, severely affecting oil production in the Gulf, and could significantly slow down the country’s economy until reconstruction starts.