Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Katrina's deadly journey

Hurricane Katrina has left a devastating toll, with unconfirmed reports of 80 deaths in one Mississippi county alone:

"The devastation down there is just enormous," [Gov. Haley] Barbour said on NBC's "Today" show, the morning after Katrina howled ashore with winds of 145 mph.

Tree trunks, downed power lines and trees, and chunks of broken concrete in the streets hampered rescue efforts, which were being conducted by boat and helicopter.

Swirling water in many areas contained hidden dangers. Crews worked to clear highways. Along one Mississippi highway, motorists themselves used chainsaws to remove trees blocking the road.

More than 1,600 Mississippi National Guardsmen were activated, and the Alabama Guard planned to send two battalions to Mississippi.

"We know that there is a lot of the coast that we have not been able to get to," the governor said. "I hate to say it, but it looks like it is a very bad disaster in terms of human life."

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'This Is Our Tsunami'