New Orleans has become a fetid, filthy city that’s dangerous to be in. At the moment, the danger to the health of its remaining citizen equals that of some of the worst third world cities. We all know about the sewage and corpses floating in the water?and the alligators that are feeding off the bodies?but there are more subtle problems, like mosquitoes carrying the yellow fever virus, a disease usually only found in Africa and South America.
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Scientists say that hurricane Katrina, which is being called the worst weather disaster ever to hit the US, is not a unique event. Global warming is causing more storms in the Atlantic and ocean temperatures and trade winds?the two forces behind a hurricane?are increasing in the Caribbean and North Atlantic.
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Gov. Mike Easley of North Carolina has warned that his state and eight to ten others served by gasoline pipelines from New Orleans are in immediate danger of running out of gasoline. It has been rumored in North Carolina that the governor had ordered gas stations to shut down for periods of time. The governor’s press office denied the rumors, but some gas stations in the state have closed due to lack of gasoline supplies.
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There are already Katrina donation scams appearing on the internet and in spam, and even FEMA prominently lists the controversial Pat Robertson’s “Operation Blessing” as third on its list of suggested charities, which is overwhelmingly dominated by religious charities. However, there are many more organizations and charities more directly involved in hurricane relief in the area than the ones recommended by FEMA, and the Networkforgood website lists most of them on its special hurricane page. Here, for example, you can donate directly to New Orleans’ stricken Charity Hospital. To explore this superior list, click here.
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