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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Hurricane Katrina

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the southern Gulf coast of the United States and caused severe destruction. New Orleans, LA was hit particularly hard, and 80% of the city was flooded. Five and a half years later, there are still people living in temporary accommodations. The U.S. government made the decision to rebuild New Orleans, and a study was carried out to decide which parts to abandon and which buildings needed to be elevated.

In a recent news report, the AP reported that 43,000 residential properties are sitting abandoned in New Orleans. Every night 3,000 homeless people squat in these house. Another video, produced by National Geographic, shows the impact of the storm on Southern Mississippi University.

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