Saturday, May 23, 2009

New Orleans: City of Sickness

Medical services have not recovered from the storm

HURRICANE KATRINA’S effect on the city of New Orleans has been much longer-lasting than most expected. Almost four years after the storm, a quarter of the population has never returned. A third of homes still lie empty, many decked with tarpaulins and with the flood-line still visible. Residential streets are lined with houses with collapsing porches, fallen plasterwork and hopeful For Sale signs. Less than half the city’s public transport facilities have been restored, and the wheels on the city’s famous street-cars, even the one named Desire, are still rusty.

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