Winds, Water, Violence, Hunger, and, now, Disease

It seems hard to believe that so much has happening in just seven days time. Reports about the possibility of cholera are starting to show up. Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health Council on Foreign Relations, has given her analysis of the situation. She draws a bead on the biggest difference between this tragedy and what happend in NYC on September 11, 2001:

Perhaps the single most crucial difference between New York’s response to 9/11 and New Orleans’ and the hurricane region’s response to the current crisis is communication and its corollary, leadership. Though cell phones were disrupted and emergency responders in Lower Manhattan lost contact during the morning of 9/11, the people of New York knew immediately what was going on. … In contrast, none of the people now trapped in New Orleans or wandering around in shock along the Mississippi/Alabama coastal communities have any idea what is going on. They have no electricity, and therefore no television or radio. Information is entirely rumors.

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