Wednesday, September 07, 2005

2.8 Billion Used, 32,000 Rescued

BATON ROUGE, LA (AFX) - Over 32,000 people have been rescued from the floods unleashed by Hurricane Katrina, and the bill for relief efforts has already climbed to 2.8 bln usd to date, officials said last night.

Louisiana officials, battling to get storm-devastated areas of the southern state functioning, also issued a tender for the repair of a 4.5 mile long bridge leading into the city, as troops continued to pour in.

'There have now been more than 32,000 rescues performed,' said David Passey, spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). More...
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