New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

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Caption: New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, on the 2nd September 2005, Ikonos satellite image. Flooded areas (dark blue) contrast with the dry areas (far left and lower centre). New Orleans is a city on the US Gulf coast. Lake Pontchartrain (top) is to the north of the city, and the Mississippi River (bottom) is to the south. Hurricane Katrina hit on 29th August 2005. Soon afterwards, the rise in water levels breached the levees that held back the waters of Lake Pontchartrain. One of the major breaches was in the canal at right of the large fire at lower centre. Although many people fled the city before the hurricane hit, many thousands remained and many thousands died. A complete evacuation was ordered on 30 August 2005.

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