The Katrina Disaster

May 21, 2006
A Poor World Tragedy in a Rich Country

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Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Earth and Environmental Sciences

The impact of natural disasters varies considerably between rich and poor countries with greater numbers of fatalities associated with the latter. These disparities are a result of the interplay between natural and socialfactors. The ensuing devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in the U.S., however, bears the tragic hallmarks of a “poor world” disaster. John Mutter explains why.