The Tragedy Of Hurricane Katrina Essay

1599 WordsOct 15, 20167 Pages
Mass tragedies occur on a daily basis in almost every nook and cranny of the world. No matter the severity, they all appear to have a similar effect: deterioration of mental health stability among those involved. Children and adults alike possess the risk of suffering from mental disorders, such as depression and PTSD, following exposure to a traumatic event. However, the circumstances of these events differ, simply because not all mass tragedies are the same. No matter what type of event occurs, a mass tragedy can mentally scar those involved, putting a population’s mental stability at risk. Various catastrophes strike the world. There are natural disasters that displace people and destroy everything in its path, mass murders that take innocent lives, and terrorist attacks that ensue a particular nation in fear. While mass tragedies seem to have the similar psychological effects, these all have their own unique story and aftermath. More than ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina bouldered through the southern coast of the United States. The deadliest hurricane in seventy years, this tropical storm swiftly caused the evacuation of over 500,000 people and 90,000 square miles to be declared a disaster zone (Kessler et al. 930). There were 1600 recorded deaths, and 1000 people remain missing (Kessler et al. 930). Once the water subsided, close to nothing remained. No homes, schools, bridges, or vehicles. Hurricane Katrina forced the victims to start from scratch,
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