Sunday, September 04, 2005

Katrina Numerology



Statistics are always selective, but here are a few to try to put the devastation of Katrina in perspective.

a few is the number of days a human can survive without water

5 is the number of days it took to get drinking water to survivors of Katrina in downtown New Orleans

30 is the percentage of people in New Olreans living below the pverty line

30 is the percentage of Louisiana National Guard members who are out of the country on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The percentage is even higher for Mississippi

36-80 is the number of days needed to pump water out of New Orleans

60+ is the number of foreign countries offering aid to the US

91 is the number of today’s expected high temperature in Biloxi, Mississippi (32C)

92 is the number of today’s expected high temperature in New Orleans, Louisiana (33C)

92 is the number of today’s expected high temperature in Gulfport, Mississippi (33C)

1100 is the number of doctors Cuba is offering to send to help in the crisis

9,500 is the number of people rescued by the Coast Guard in the first five days after the hurricane

10,000 is the number of people estimated to die in New Orleans if a Category 4 or 5 hurricane ever hit the city (estimated in distaster preparedness infomation distributed in the Times Picayune newspaper several years ago)

25,000 is the number of dollars being offered in aid from the tsunami ravaged country of Sri Lanka

54,000 is the number of troops to be deployed in Louisiana and Mississippi

92,000 is the number of people in Red Cross Shelters across 9 states as of yesterday

220,000 is the number of evacuees in shelters and hotels in Texas

1 million is the number of people made homeless across the Gulf Coast

120,000,000 is the number of square kilometers decimated by Katrina, which is an area large than Great Britain

14 billion is the number of dollars estimated in 2001 to bring the Louisiana levee system up to strength to handle a Category 5 hurricane

25 billion is the number of dollars Hurricane Katrina is expected to cost in damage

43.6 billion is the number of dollars Miami’s Hurricane Andrew cost the US economy in 1992

100 billion is the number of dollars Hurricane Katrina is projected to cost the US economy

incalcuable is the cost of the suffering of so many

1 Comments:

Blogger Pip said...

Well researched!

September 06, 2005 2:51 AM  

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