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Two bodies found since Jan. 11 brought the number of deaths from Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana to 1,080, the state health department reported Friday.
A total of 1,103 bodies have been found in Louisiana, most of them in the New Orleans area. But 23 of the deaths are from bullets, knives, car wrecks or other causes unrelated to the storm.
The five-state total is now 1,325.
Department of Health and Hospitals spokeswoman Kristen Meyer said 670 bodies have been released to families, up 48 from Jan. 11.
Other states have sent more than 140 death certificates of Louisiana residents who died between Aug. 27, when evacuation started, into early October. Only five, all in Mississippi, were attributed to the storm. All five are included in that state’s 231 storm deaths.
Katrina killed another 14 people in Florida and two each in Alabama and Georgia.
The official search for bodies in Louisiana was called off Oct. 3, but fire departments and people returning to destroyed neighborhoods have continued to find decomposed remains, mostly bones.