Hurricane Katrina Death Tally 1000 - Half of them Elderly
With a new hurricane bearing down on New Orleans and the surrounding area, a new report from Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness finally provides us with death toll post Katrina - 3 years on. Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29, 2005 and
- 1000 people - half of them over age 75 years - died.
- Most died by drowning
- 33% died in homes
- 2% of the deaths were under age 18 years
- 51% of the victims were black, 42% were white
In anticipation of Tropical Storm Gustav, elderly residents are urged to call 211 and register themselves for assistance.
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