Sept 2, 2005 Thousands dead as Hurricane Katrina leaves
Gulf States battered - Bush under fire
The eye of the storm ... dramatic satellite
image of Hurricane Katrina as it slams into the US Gulf Coast.
'This was our tsunami' - Mayor of Biloxi
Hurricane Katrina slammed into the U.S.
Gulf Coast, leaving a devastating trail of destruction, death
and homelessness in its wake. It left America counting the
cost of what the Mayor of the Mississippi town of Biloxi described
as "our tsunami."
With thousands of people feared dead, it is believed a million
people have been left homeless and millions are without power
across the states of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.
The huge storm and its powerful surge smashed buildings, wrecked
boats, destroyed cars, brought down trees and flooded cities,
plunging large swathes of New Orleans under water.
Risk analysts believe the storm could cost insurers $100 billion,
making Katrina the costliest U.S. natural disaster.
Hurricane winds topped 140 miles an hour
as it hit the land. One million people had evacuated New Orleans
following a call to quit the city by Mayor Ray Nagin. But
several hundred thousand remained and many had to be rescued
from rooftops as up to 80 per cent of the city was under flood
With the first emergency aid only beginning to arrive to a
ruined New Orleans by military convoy four days after Katrina
struck, there was furious criticism of the Bush administration
over the level of aid and delays in responding to America's
worst natural disaster.