Katrina - Nearly 60% died of neglect

A deadly failure in wake of Katrina
Nearly 600 people died in areas flooded when canal floodwalls collapsed, rather than in the initial surge, an analysis found.
By John Simerman, Dwight Ott and Ted Mellnik
Inquirer National Staff

NEW ORLEANS - Nearly 600 people who died because of Hurricane Katrina might have survived had floodwalls on two New Orleans canals not collapsed, a Knight Ridder analysis of where bodies were found after the storm indicates.

The bodies of at least 588 people were recovered in neighborhoods that engineers say would have remained largely dry had the walls of the 17th Street and London Avenue Canals not given way - probably because of poor design, shoddy construction or improper maintenance - after the height of the storm.

In contrast, 286 bodies were recovered in the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans East, and neighboring St. Bernard Parish, where Katrina's storm surge poured over levees and flooded neighborhoods.

Philadelphia Inquirer | 01/02/2006 | A deadly failure in wake of Katrina


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