24 October 2005

New Orleans Katrina Victims Old and Non-White

Per CNN:

About 60 percent of the nearly 500 victims identified so far were age 61 or older, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reported.

"The elderly were much more likely to be in hospitals and nursing homes as well as possibly homebound and not able to access transportation in order to evacuate from the storm," said agency spokesman Bob Johannessen.

More than 215 bodies out of 1,048 recovered statewide were found in or around hospitals and nursing homes, according the state. . . .

Forty-two percent of the identified victims were black, 37 percent white and 3 percent Hispanic, the report said. The remaining 18 percent weren't identified by race or ethnicity.

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