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September 7, 2005

The Katrina Saga - What's Going Right

Topics: Natural Disasters

red.gif Alas, after days of hearing the democrats play blame game politics in the midst of a Herculean effort to save lifes and relieve suffering, along comes Martin at Blogbat with a "good news" perspective.

There's been a lot of talk about the mistakes that have been made since the onset of the New Orleans lakefront real estate shift, but one thing that has gone right I think deserves a little more attention. The Department of Homeland Security is reporting that so far to this date over 32,000 people have been rescued, and 11.3 million meals have been provided (along with 18 million liters of water) to evacuees and the rescued, many of whom now add up to the 182,000 now being housed in the 559 shelters set up on their behalf.

In fact, I don't recall a rescue operation of this magnitude ever being conducted - certainly none with this degree of success. I would like to see Russia, China or Cuba even come close (say, the next time a dam breaks, a mine collapses or some other disaster befalls due to faulty central planning, casually killing thousands; or there is a famine that kills 10 million).

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Posted by Richard at September 7, 2005 11:32 PM

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