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Hurricane Victims Continue to Be Evacuated from New Orleans

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Hurricane victims continue to be evacuated from New Orleans after being stranded for days in squalid conditions in the flood-ravaged city. Thousands of weary victims are hoping to leave the city for temporary shelters in Texas. An unknown number of residents remain trapped in their homes -- five days after Hurricane Katrina hit. Officials say there are also hospital patients that need to be evacuated.

Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff on Saturday described the hurricane and subsequent flooding as probably the worst set of catastrophes in the history of the United States. He said 95-hundred people have been rescued from the stricken areas. He also said the federal government will now take a key role in disaster emergency operations -- instead of just assisting local and state authorities. Friday, a National Guard convoy with aid rolled into New Orleans. Many victims, although extremely grateful, expressed anger that the delivery took days to arrive after they were abandoned without food or water in the Superdome arena, as sanitary conditions quickly worsened.

The White House says President Bush will visit the stricken Gulf Coast region again on Monday. He toured Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana Friday. Upon his return to Washington late Friday, Mr. Bush signed a 10-point-five-billion-dollar emergency spending bill, and said more relief will be needed.

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