Source Pravda.Ru

New Orleans Mayor Stays Cool in flooding crisis

Anxious and frightened, the citizens had the mayor of New Orleans surrounded. They wanted reassurance, answers, a firm date when normal lives could be resumed.

Ray Nagin wouldn't give it to them. He listened calmly, not trying to escape the hotel corridor. But there was no sugarcoating.

"You need to listen very carefully," Nagin told them. "For the next two or three months, in this area, there will not be any commerce, at all. No electricity, no restaurants. This is the real deal. It's not living conditions."

Outside, it is sweltering chaos. A once-functioning American city is suddenly in a state of nature. But Nagin is calm, at least outwardly, reports Washington Post.

According to Detroit Free Press, Nagin redirected virtually the entire police force in New Orleans away from thousands still believed trapped in their homes, federal officials warned the toxic soup of pollutants, feces and decaying bodies covering the city could cause diseases, including cholera and typhoid, that would endanger many more.

"We are gravely concerned about the potential for cholera, typhoid and dehydrating diseases that could come as a result of the stagnant water and the conditions," said Michael Leavitt, secretary of Health and Human Services, in announcing a public health emergency from Louisiana to Florida.

Experts said it could be several weeks before the contaminated floodwaters are pumped from the city, heightening the risk of more hardship across an area already ravaged by Katrina, which roared in with a 145-m.p.h. fury Monday.

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
Comments
ISIS threatens to conduct large-scale terrorist attacks in USA for Jerusalem decision
American Bioweaponry
Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
Russia on the eve of another Crimea referendum
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
Europeans say what puzzles them in Russia most
Russian man grows abnormally large biceps that he calls bazookas
Science and Technology. Consensus builders for the media instrument
North Korea says Trump makes first step towards nuclear war
Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
North Korea is not a threat to the US
USA to ruin Russian-Japanese relationship with the help of Aegis Ashore system
USA to ruin Russian-Japanese relationship with the help of Aegis Ashore system
USA to ruin Russian-Japanese relationship with the help of Aegis Ashore system
Russia to rebuild its former Soviet naval base in Syria's Tartus
Russia to rebuild its former Soviet naval base in Syria's Tartus
North Korea is not a threat to the US