Hurricane Katrina was a destructive and deadly tropical cyclone that hit the Gulf Coast of the United States on August 29, 2005. Notably, the storm struck in a region that incorporated the famous city of New Orleans and heaping damage in Mississippi, which is its neighboring region. Various studies show that the storm caused death to many individuals and displaced others from their homes. Although Hurricane Katrina did a lot of damage, it is apparent that its aftermath caused a sudden suffering to people.
As the storm had high winds as well as a landfall, many people were left without power, food, and shelter. Various studies show that Hurricane Katrina was the highest ever measured in the history of the US as it submerged highways and even many miles from its center. Social and political changes also occurred due to the levees that flopped in New Orleans (Scott, 2010). The disaster made individuals desperate since the government was unaware and unprepared at that time. Many homes and businesses were damaged, thereby leading to an increase in the need for food, water, and shelter. Although many people lived in poverty before the storm, it is evident that the Hurricane Katrina left a significant number of citizens of New Orleans poorer and more vulnerable than they used to be earlier (Wilson, 2006).
All in all, it is clear that Hurricane Katrina caused a significant damage as well as extreme suffering to people. As the storm was observed to be the worst thing that ever happened in the United States, many people were left without basic needs, such as food, water, and shelter, thereby exacerbating the condition as compared to the past.
- Scott, W. (2010). Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. SSRN Electronic Journal.
- Wilson, N. (2006). Hurricane Katrina: Unequal opportunity disaster. Public Policy & Aging Report, 16(2), 8-13.