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buzzsaw_23 Donating Member (631 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-05 10:40 PM
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Can we attempt an honest account of the NOLA death toll?
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It seems a certainty that the death toll will be hidden and understated in a number of ways. Is it possible to get an accurate assessment if we keep collecting articles from various sources? Here is a sloppy start with the hopes of getting a more organized compilation.

This from a new DUer at thread/link posted below.
I'm new here and don't have enough posts to start a new thread, perhaps someone could copy and paste this post and start a thread in general discussion.

Here is the reason the death toll is so low.

The numbers are being cooked based on direct versus indirect deaths from Katrina.

They aren't counting lack of water, food, heat stroke, or disease in the death count.

Both these articles are from NOLA.com. Notice 152 bodies in the coroner's office, yet only 20???? from Katrina related deaths.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Lee reports on deaths in Jefferson
Friday, 10:05 p.m.

Sheriff Harry Lee said Saturday night that the Jefferson Parish Coroners office had processed 152 bodies, but only 20 of those were deaths related to Hurricane Katrina. He said the coroners office was picking up bodies that are reported lying in the street and handling them to FEMAs specifications. He also said that body count does not include bodies that may have been taken to the morgue in St. Gabriel.

One challenge came last week at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, where Trevino saw about 1,000 desperately ill people, including 50 who, he said, were expected to die.

"Anybody who died as a direct result of Hurricane
Katrina will be counted as a death caused by the
storm. This would include people who drowned in
floodwaters, as well as patients who died when they
could not receive needed medical treatment."


State officials said that 161 bodies were being stored at a mobile morgue site in St. Gabriel about 20 miles south of Baton Rouge; three were in the St. Charles Parish morgue, 25 were in the Jefferson Parish morgue, five were in the St. Tammany Parish morgue and three were in the Iberia Parish morgue.

www.nola.com

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