NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana- Hurricane Katrina, with the devastation it wrought, is considered the worst natural disaster on United States soil. The damage to people and property was catastrophic and New Orleans and the surrounding area still have not fully recovered despite the passage of eight years and billions of dollars in aid. The U.S. government alone has spent over $120 billion that does not include aid received from humanitarian organizations and more than 85 countries, including the Philippines. Taking a look back at the toll such a storm can wreak, helps us better understand the dire situation in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
The large difference in the statistics can be attributed largely to the level of poverty in the Philippines. About 28 percent of the population lives in poverty with an average family income of just $5,362 per year, according to government statistics, and many people in the affected area had wooden roofs and lacked access to clean water before disaster struck. People in the Philippines are facing the same dangers that Katrina survivors endured like contaminated water, lack of shelter and food, and emotional distress, and history tells us how great the aid effort will need to be for recovery to take place.
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