Five days after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast, residents of the flooded city of New Orleans are expressing anger and frustration at the slow pace of recovery. The mayor of the stricken city is demanding immediate action.
Tens of thousands of evacuees from New Orleans have been pouring into Baton Rouge and other nearby areas with stories of chaos, suffering and violence. Many of them praise the relief efforts at huge shelters set up by federal and state officials, but they express dismay over the continuing anarchy in the city they left behind.
In a telephone interview with local radio station WWL, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin challenged both President Bush and Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco to bring his city more help.
"God is looking down on all this, and if they are not doing everything in their power to save people, they are going to pay the price, because everyday that we delay, people are dying, and they are dying by the hundreds, I am willing to bet," said Mr. Nagin. "We are getting reports and calls that are breaking my heart from people saying, 'I have been in my attic, I cannot take it any more, the water is up to my neck, I don't think I can hold out'."