Louisiana’s Katrina Death Total Now 1,080

That’s right people, no stuttering there. 1080 and who knows what may show up later.

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.

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5 Responses to Louisiana’s Katrina Death Total Now 1,080

  1. In other news:

    Wash. Legislature Passes Gay Rights Bill

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers passed a gay rights bill Friday in a major victory for activists who had watched the measure fail in the Legislature for nearly 30 years.

    The bill passed the Senate 25-23, with a lone Republican joining Democrats in voting in favor. The House approved it 61-37, and Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire said she would sign it on Tuesday.

    “We don’t choose who we love. The heart chooses who we will love,” said Republican Sen. Bill Finkbeiner. “And I don’t believe that it is right for us to say … that it’s acceptable to discriminate against people because of that.”

    The measure adds sexual orientation to a state law banning discrimination in housing, employment and insurance on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, religion, marital status and other factors. Sixteen states have passed similar laws.

    Passage of the bill drew applause from House members and cheers from onlookers who had packed the Senate’s balconies.

    Good job. Our Gay friends need to know we are here and we got their back. Kudos Wash.

  2. Marjorie G says:

    Many states are finding it is unconstitutional to discriminate. Let’s hope they don’t have to go before a Justice Alito.

    How many missing, still, in NO? All loss was preventable. Sat through the Bush Crimes Against Himanity session talking about global health, from denying medically known prevention, and Katrina, with residents, victims and testimony.

    True crime.

  3. KJ says:

    Lead story on WaPo today:

    Post-Katrina Promises Unfulfilled
    On the Gulf Coast, Federal Recovery Effort Makes Halting Progress

    By Spencer S. Hsu
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Saturday, January 28, 2006; Page A01

    Nearly five months after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans, President Bush’s lofty promises to rebuild the Gulf Coast have been frustrated by bureaucratic failures and competing priorities, a review of events since the hurricane shows.

    While the administration can claim some clear progress, Bush’s ringing call from New Orleans’s Jackson Square on Sept. 15 to “do what it takes” to make the city rise from the waters has not been matched by action, critics at multiple levels of government say, resulting in a record that is largely incomplete as Bush heads into next week’s State of the Union address.

  4. “Post-Katrina Promises Unfulfilled”

    Of course, that’s standard Bush. He always makes speeches and statements promising something that’s popular with the public and then does the opposite. But of course “You know where he stands!” and “He always does what he says he’ll do!” Duuhh, drooool….

    For example, many times Bush will praise a popular program(which the media reports and he gets props for) and then he’ll cut funding for it immediately afterward. The public never hears about that part.

    A couple years ago I’d heard it gotten to the point in DC where you dreaded to hear that Bush praised your program/project because that meant he was in reality about to drastically cut it.

    When Bush spoke about rebuilding New Orleans etc you’d have to be an idiot to think he would actually do the types of things and effort he led people to believe. He may spend a lot of Fed tax dollars on “rebuilding” NO(nowhere near what he’d promise of course,) but in fact most money would still be directed to GOP supporting large organizations and contractors. With all Bush caring about that the company makes huge profits and that he is actually spending Fed $ and people think he’s doing what he promised. In the case of Katrina, like always, he and the right-wing echo chamber will just point to how much money he’s spending to prove he’s doing what he said he’d do. When in fact, much of the money is not benefiting the citizens affected by Katrina.

  5. KJ says:

    What Dave said. Bush’s behavior toward his own countrymen and women (as well as people around the world) is beyond disgusting and immoral, it is criminal.