Touring the regions ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, US Vice President Dick Cheney has expressed confidence in the government’s handling of the crisis.
The administration has been strongly criticised over the way it has coped with the situation which is being described as the US’s worst humanitarian crisis. It remains unclear how many people have been killed – some officials said there could be up to 10,000 victims, but the actual body count so far is much lower. In the ravaged city of New Orleans, the rescue operation continues to try to save those who didn’t manage to leave ahead of the disaster. Some 63,000 soldiers have been deployed in the region. Bodies that are found are being brought to a morgue in Louisiana which is capable of processing 140 corpses a day. It is feared many bodies might never be retrieved as they have been taken away by alligators. Meanwhile, efforts continue to try to block the city’s burst damns with sandbags. US President George W Bush has asked news agencies to treat bodies with “dignity and respect” and has announced Friday 16th September a day of prayer and remembrance for the Hurricane victims.