Dramatic look back at Katrina coverage
Today marks the first anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The storm was the most powerful and expensive natural disaster to hit the United States and one of the deadliest hurricanes recorded in the country. Katrina ravaged the Gulf coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, displacing some 770,000 residents and destroying over 300,000 homes. More than 1,500 people were killed in New Orleans alone.
In the early morning of August 29th, 2005 Katrina's storm surge caused several breaches in levees around New Orleans. Eighty percent of the city was subsequently submerged. Images of New Orleans residents piling into the city's Superdome stadium and convention center pleading for food, water and aid were broadcast around the world.
We go back to a medley of Democracy Now's coverage of Hurricane Katrina. (Video to the right)
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