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Katrina by the numbers

Courtesy ilona via DailyKos:
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Sat Sep 3rd, 2005 at 03:49:09 PDT A collection of raw numbers that offer another glimpse on the magnitude of the events of the past week.
  • # of days since hurricane Katrina slammed into the US Gulf Coast: 5
  • # of days before US federal government response: 4
  • # of months in average hurricane season: 6 [ends Nov. 30]
  • # of named tropical storms/hurricanes this year: 11
  • Area covered by federal disaster declarations: 90,000 sq. miles
  • Wind speed of Katrina as she struck LA on Monday: 140 mph
  • Size of gap in NOLA's 17th Street Canal levee breach: 300 feet
  • Depth of water covering parts of NOLA: 20 feet
  • % of NOLA under water: 80%
  • # of days engineers and crews expect to need to dry out NOLA: 36-80
  • Height of wall of water to hit MS coast: 30 feet
  • % of Biloxi/Gulfport, MS buildings wiped away by storm surge: 90%
  • # of official deaths to date in MS: 126
  • # of official deaths to date in AL: 2
  • # of official deaths in FL: 11
  • # of deaths estimated in NOLA: up to 10,000
  • # of people currently displaced: 1,000,000
  • # of Red Cross shelters in MS: 101
  • # of Red Cross shelters in LA: 90
  • # of Red Cross shelters in AL: 31
  • # of people rescued by the Coast Guard from flooded areas and rooftops: 4,000
  • # evacuated from the Superdome, shelters and highways: 50,000
  • # of people who'd gathered at the Superdome for evacuation: 60,000
  • # of people remaining in Superdome stadium [as of 11pm 9/2]: 2,000
  • # of survivors still stranded in Convention Center [as of 11pm 9/2]: 15,-20,000
  • # of people transported out of NOLA on buses by Friday night: 1,000 per hour
  • # of deaths on overturned bus [near Lafayette, LA] carrying evacuees to Dallas: 1
  • # of Katrina evacuees in Memphis: 10,000 [using 25% of 21,000 hotel rooms]
  • % of 2,200 hotel rooms occupied by evacuees in Tuscaloosa, AL: near 100%
  • # of people in MS, LA, AL, and FL still without electricity: 2.3 million
  • # of residents in the city of NOLA: 600,000
  • # est. people trapped in NOLA alone: 80,000
  • # of people per hour dying in NOLA's city hospitals: 8-10
  • # of people evacuated to safety on Chalmette Slip during the flood - 1,500
  • # of those evacuated above that died waiting for food and water - 100
  • # of trucks dispatched to NOLA: 1,300
  • Length of Friday's military-led aid convoy: 8 miles
  • # of meals-ready-to-eat sent to the area: 17.1 million
  • # of meals served per day at the Biloxi, MS Salvation Army: 1,200
  • # of BellSouth Corp. Gulf Coast customers without service: 1.6 million
  • # of BellSouth Corp. Gulf Coast customers with restored service: 150,000
  • # of police radio channels being currently used in NOLA: 1
  • # of agencies using NOLA's 1 open police radio channel: 20
  • # of satellite-based wireless phones sent to Gulf Coast: 10,000
  • # of satellite-based wireless phones in 3-state region pre-Katrina: few thousand
  • # of foreign nations offering to help US: nearly 60
  • $ Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez offered the Red Cross: $1,000,000
  • # of doctors Cuba's President Fidel Castro offered to send: 1,100
  • # of tons of medicine Cuba's Castro offered to send: 26
  • $ charitable contributions collected for the victims of 9/11: ~$1 billion
  • $ contributions to date from individuals, corporations, foundations: $400 million
  • # of television networks jointly broadcasting last night's benefit concert: 6
  • $ donated to victims by WalMart: $17 million
  • $ donated to victims by GE: $6 million cash + $10 million medical devices
  • $ donated to victims by Toyota: $5 million
  • $ donated to victims by Walt Disney Co. $2.5 million
  • # of months GM and Ford will delay car payment collection for victims: 3
  • # of projected payroll cuts this month due to Katrina aftermath: 500,000
  • # of years since US last saw 500,000 jobs cut in a month: 30 years
  • # of airlines who have begun evacuating residents of NOLA: 12 [biggest US airlift-rescue ever]
  • % daily jet fuel production is down: 13%
  • % jet fuel prices have increased this week: 19%
  • Fraction of nation's oil produced by US Gulf Coast region: 1/3
  • % of oil production shut down currently: 91%
  • # of missing oil rigs in gulf region: 20
  • # of oil rigs in gulf region: ~520
  • # barrels of oil in strategic reserve: 700 million
  • # barrels of oil released so far: 5 million
  • $ avg. price of gasoline a year ago: $1.86
  • $ avg. price of gasoline today: $3-$4 and up
  • Fraction of nation's natural gas produced by US Gulf Coast region: 1/5
  • % of gas production shut down currently: 83%
  • Fraction of all grain produced in US that is exported out of the country: 1/4
  • % of US grain exports handled by US Gulf Coast region: 60%
  • # of top 12 US ports in the Gulf Coast region: 5
  • Standing of the South Louisiana port by US cargo volume: #1
  • $ est. freight transport companies are losing due to closed ports: $3-4 million/day
  • % of LA's oyster harvest lost: 2/3 [valued at $181 million]
  • # of years it could take for the LA oyster crop to return: 2-3
  • $ tourists spent last year in NOLA: $5 billion
  • % of Louisiana's tourism income coming from NOLA: 50%
  • $ amount on the relief funding bill signed by Bush: $10.5 billion
  • $ est. total economic losses caused by Katrina: - $100 billion
  • $ est. insured damages for Hurricane Katrina: $50 billion
  • $ Hurricane Andrew's total insured damages (after inflation): $43 billion
  • $ spent shoring up levees, building pumping stations past decade: $430 million
  • $ of crucial work still remaining, but underfunded due to Iraq War: $250 million
  • $ federal money spent on emergency preparedness following 9/11: $8.6 billion
  • $ sent by Homeland Security to states to combat terrorism annually: $1.1 billion
  • $ sent by Homeland Security to states to combat natural disasters: $180 million
  • # of major disasters declared by the federal government since 1995: 562
  • # of terrorist attacks out of the above: 2 [OK City, 9/11]
  • % of terrorism grant money that may be spent on national disasters: 0
  • $ 2005 FEMA budget: $5.038 billion
  • # of NOLA police officers: 1,700
  • # of National Guard members in LA: 11,700
  • # of National Guard troops in MS: 7,800
  • # of National Guard troops in AL: 2,000
  • # of National Guard troops in FL: 700
  • # of additional National Guard forces to be sent by Pentagon: 30,000
  • # of regular Army soldiers that may be sent by Pentagon: 3,000
  • # of area military bases to be used for operations: 6
  • # of Swift-boat teams being sent to Gulf Coast region: 8
  • # of major disasters predicted by FEMA in 2001 that have already happened under Bush's watch: 2 out of 3
  • % of WH officials/Cabinet Members on vacation 3 days after Katrina hit: 95%
  • % of tolerance President Bush said looters would be treated with: 0
  • % of tolerance we should show our inept President: 0
Sources: Bloomberg: Conditions Improve in New Orleans; Thousands Still Await Help Washington Post [DC]: New Orleans Cops Use Single Radio Channel USAToday: Hotels `Bursting at Seams' with Katrina Refugees BBC News: US Counting the Cost of Katrina Reuters: Bodies, Gunfire and Chaos in New Orleans' Streets Reuters: Hope Emerges for New Orleans But Struggles Remain The Mercury News [San Jose, CA]: New Orleans Police Begin to Show Signs of Stress CTV.ca: Mississippi Struggles to Deal with Dead Bodies NDTV [India]: Anger Grows After Katrina Devastation The Economic Times: US Still Reeling Under Katrina's Fury LA Times [CA]: Front and Center Houston Chronicle [TX]: Troops Arrive: Superdome Evacuation Halted New York Times: Conditions in New Orleans Still Dire - Pumping May Take Months London Telegraph: The Relief of New Orleans Miami Herald [FL]: Terror War May Have Hurt Storm Response LA Times: Businesses Donating in Great Numbers Philadelphia Daily News [PA]: Attywood: When the Levee Breaks The National Hurricane Center: Tropical Cyclone Climatology Houston Chronicle [TX]: National Guard General Faces Tough Questions
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