Facts about Hurricane Katrina and the 1930's Dust Storms
Excerpts from "11 Facts about Hurricane Katrina"
705 people are reported as still missing as a result of hurricane Katrina.
Hurricane Katrina affected over 15 million people in different factors such
as economy, evacuations, gas prices or drinking water.
The final death toll was at 1,836, primarily from Louisiana (1,577) and
Hurricane Katrina caused $81 billion in property damages, but it is
estimated that the total economic impact in Louisiana and Mississippi may
exceed $150 billion, earning the title of costliest hurricane ever in US
Hurricane Katrina impacted about 90,000 square miles.
The region affected by the storm supported roughly 1 million non-farm jobs,
and still, hundreds of thousands of local residents were left unemployed by
More than 70 countries pledged monetary donations or other assistance after
the hurricane. Kuwait made the largest single pledge of $500 million, but
Qatar, India, China, Pakistan and Bangladesh made very large donations as
The 1930's Dust Storms
Excerpts from "10 Things You May Not Know About the Dust Bowl"
The swirling dust proved deadly.
Those who inhaled the airborne prairie dust suffered coughing spasms,
shortness of breath, asthma, bronchitis and influenza. Much like miners,
Dust Bowl residents exhibited signs of silicosis from breathing in the
extremely fine silt particulates, which had high silica content. Dust
pneumonia, called the "brown plague," killed hundreds and was particularly
lethal for infants, children and the elderly.
Most farm families did not flee the Dust Bowl.
John Steinbeck's story of migrating tenant farmers in his Pulitzer
Prize-winning 1939 novel, "The Grapes of Wrath," tends to obscure the fact
that upwards of three-quarters of farmers in the Dust Bowl stayed put. Most
Dust Bowl refugees tended to move only to neighboring states.
Excerpts from "Dust Bowl Facts"
More than one million acres of land were affected during the Dust Bowl of
Thousands of farmers lost their property as well as their livelihoods. Many
of the down-on-their-luck farmers migrated to the country's urban centers
looking for work and a fresh start. In some cases, three and four
generations of family members moved across the country together looking for
food, shelter and work. But with 25 percent unemployment at some points
during the Great Depression, the chances of finding work were slim.
During the Dust Bowl, some 200,000 migrants* moved to California, most
destitute and jobless. The former farmers and their families' presence
simply added to cities' unemployment problems. Because the influx of farmers
stressed relief programs, strife was created in many areas where migrants
had set up shantytowns called "Hoovervilles."
New Deal programs included five major farm laws designed to get farmers back
on their feet. Many of these programs are still in existence today. The laws
included the Agricultural Adjustment Act, Civilian Conservation Corps, Farm
Security Administration, Soil Conservation Services and Rural
*This figure is disputed. Some claim it should be much lower while others
place it even higher.