From “Katrina” to “Harvey”: learned in the United States whether the lessons of 2005?
Houston, whose residents are trapped due to the rapidly arriving water, reminiscent of August 2005, when hurricane Katrina hit the United States. Victims of hurricane “Katrina”, which is recognized as the most destructive hurricane in U.S. history, began almost 2,000 people.
The efforts of the authorities to protect the population can be called very poor in the first place it has experienced the poorest US residents who are unable to leave their own victims from hurricane areas.
12 years later can we say that the U.S. government has learned the lesson taught by hurricane Katrina?
To evacuate or not?
The residents of New Orleans and neighboring settlements were evacuated a few days before hurricane Katrina hit the United States. About a million people — almost 80% of the population — have fled their homes.
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Those residents who are unable to independently leave the danger area, had to leave for buses, but the main road of the city quickly became overloaded.
Then the authorities decided to place people at the stadium Superdome. There eventually accumulated about 30 thousand people, and the conditions quickly started to deteriorate.
Houston mayor Sylvester Turner decided that the evacuation of residents — 2.3 million people — will lead to even more problems.
“When you decide that the situation is bad, and give the order to evacuate, you create a nightmarish situation. Especially when evacuation was not planned earlier,” — said the mayor.
The decision to evacuate Houston in 2005, after hurricane Katrina came hurricane Rita, resulted in a 20-hour traffic jams and the deaths of more than 100 people, the mayor recalled.
However, the city authorities have disposed to evacuate the most affected areas.
Preparation of shelters
More than 30 thousand people in Houston will be placed in temporary shelters, said the Federal Agency on management in emergency situations.
In temporary shelter for the evacuees turned into a local landmark — the Convention center George brown in Houston.
In New Orleans, the Superdome stadium was the last hope for shelter for those who could not leave the city. The photos show that the entrance to the stadium stood a long queue of locals — they were mostly African Americans.
After the victims were placed in the stadium, room conditions deteriorated — the wind blew part of the roof of the building it started to rain, flooding the field and in the affected areas become hotter.