Hurricane Devastation Of Hurricane Katrina

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Hurricane Katrina Scandal
Without doubt, Hurricane Katrina has been the major catastrophe of the century suffered in the United States. The category 5 hurricane which at first was on course to hit Florida drifted into the Gulf of Mexico taking a direct route to New Orleans. On his way, the hurricane left hundreds of dead, affected hundreds of thousands and left billions of dollars in damage. The largest number of deaths occurred in New Orleans where the hurricane hit the hardest and which was flooded because its levee system failed, collapsing many of them several hours after the hurricane had continued inland. Environmental damage and serious threats to public health were among the other results of Hurricane Katrina. Given the magnitude of the disaster, rescue teams became short in locating and safeguarding hundreds of people who sought help from the roofs of their houses, isolated in the midst of catastrophe.

However, hurricane Katrina not only left economic, environmental and social damages. After the hurricane, scandals related to funds provided for the reconstruction of the cities most affected aroused. In an article published by The New York Times, states that about $ 700,000 million earmarked for the victims of the hurricane was fraudulently obtained (The Associated Press, 2009, p. 12). This large sum of money was needed for the real victims of the disaster instead it ended in the wrong hands. The state and many individuals were charged with fraud for the missing…
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