NC Media Watch

A quest for reason and accuracy in letters to the editor, guest editorials and other issues of interest to the citizens of Western Nevada County.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Kitrina disaster has multiple fathers, one a woman.

The BBC’s Paul Reynolds has a good summary of the mutiple failures, at city, state and federal level that contributed to the current situation in New Orleans. Here.

The breakdown of the relief operation in New Orleans was the result of multiple failures by city, state and federal authorities

Evacuation at last, but why so late?

There was no one cause. The failures began long before the hurricane with a gamble that a Category Four or Five hurricane would not strike New Orleans.

They continued with an inadequate evacuation plan and culminated in a relief effort hampered by lack of planning, supplies and manpower, and a breakdown in communications of the most basic sort.

On top of all this, there is the question of whether an earlier intervention by President Bush could have a made a big difference.
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