Saturday, May 20, 2006

Post-post-post-traumatic stress deaths
Number of Deaths From Katrina Rises

May 20, 2006

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Louisiana raised its Hurricane Katrina death toll by 281 Friday to 1,577 after including more out-of-state evacuees whose deaths were deemed related to the storm or its grueling aftermath.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals decided that if residents' deaths were hastened by the stress and trauma associated with relocating - or even an accidental injury during travel - those deaths should be counted in the toll.

"Katrina was a tragedy like no other, and the human toll of the tragedy extends further than our traditional definition of a storm-related death," said Dr. Louis Cataldie, medical incident commander for Louisiana…

"Admittedly it is arbitrary, but (Cataldie's) belief was if someone already has an illness, is sick and institutionalized, the trauma involved in being relocated could hasten somebody's death," health department spokesman Bob Johannessen said.

If someone died in an auto accident while relocating, that too would be counted as Katrina-related. But if the accident occurred after new residence had been taken up, it would not be counted, Johannessen said...
Using Dr. Cataldie’s ‘logic’ shouldn’t his count include these 12 deaths as well?
Murders soar in wake of Katrina refugees

...The murder rate in the Texan city leapt by 24 per cent last year, with the toll for November and December up by 70 per cent on the same period in 2004.

There were 324 murders in Houston in 2005, compared with 263 in 2004. Of the 2005 tally, 51 occurred in November and December - up 21 on the same period of 2004.

The police department has not monitored precisely how many can be attributed to those evacuated after Hurricane Katrina, but says that at least 12 homicides in the past four months have involved evacuees either as victims or perpetrators...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The nuts have counted everyone that died (of any cause) withing 30 days or more of Katrina. Evidently no one died in La. prior to the storm.

5/23/2006 9:30 AM  

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