Katrina & Beyond

News from the Gulf

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Robert Siegel recaps the day's news from the Gulf Coast region.


Now a quick recap on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Conditions in New Orleans have deteriorated further. Four days after the storm, thousands are still stranded in the city, hundreds are dead and more are missing. Today, the New Orleans mayor issued what he called an `urgent SOS' for help.

Outside the city's Convention Center, there were dead bodies; one lay on the sidewalk, another slumped in a wheelchair. Crowds were stranded there looking for relief and evacuation. At the Superdome, thousands were loaded onto buses under armed guard. They're being taken to the Astrodome in Houston, which has become a temporary shelter. Several hospitals also appealed for help in evacuating their patients after supplies and power ran out. Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff said rescue efforts would continue 'round the clock.

Secretary MICHAEL CHERTOFF (Department of Homeland Security): We are continuing to search 24/7. We search at day, we search at night, and we're going to continue to do it until we're satisfied that we've identified everybody that needs to be rescued.

SIEGEL: Those efforts were hampered by the continued breakdown of law and order. There was continued looting and an upsurge in violence. The Bush administration has asked Congress for $10 billion in emergency relief funds, and Congress was heading back to Washington to approve it. President Bush plans to tour the devastated Gulf Coast tomorrow.

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