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NO Death Count

Who and how many have died in the hurricane and its aftermath in New Orleans(NO)?
424 reported on 9/11 by news 24,  link to www.news24.com

400 reported on 9/12 in the telgraph,  link to www.telegraph.co.uk

Reuter's play down the count with 200 dead on sept 8,  link to go.reuters.com

Yahoo give an ap article, but it gives no source.

 link to www.yahoo.com

After five days only 200 lives have been found claimed by the storm.

I fear that the death toll of this storm is being suppressed. This claim may be supported by the lack of acceleration of the death count. Is there a government agency that is keeping track of this information thats open to the public?

Randy Rhodes claims that they are making a mass grave in NO. I know that's exactly what our troops have done in Iraq lately and they dont give a body count too.
funeralgate company hired for post-Katrina corpse disposal 14.Sep.2005 04:55

Hans Scholl

Raw Story is reporting that Kenyon, a subsidiary of SCI, which in turn is a "scandal-ridden Texas company operated by a friend of the Bush family" is collecting and disposing of corpses. A subsidiary of SCI, the Menorah Gardens cemetary chain, was involved in dumping hundreds of bodies in Florida cemeteries in the woods to be eaten by wild dogs, and successfully sued for damages of 100 million dollars on account of it. Other schemes like an instance where a backhoe was used to reopen a vault and stuff it with additional bodies.

Dead bodies everywhere. Still no FEMA/No Red Cross. 14.Sep.2005 12:30

anon

(I'm always blocked when I try to post as an article. Maybe someone will repost this as 'global'? thanks.)

'Dead Bodies Everywhere.'

From: Michael Moore
Date: 09/13/05 23:51:39

Subject: We've Raised a Half-Million Dollars and Sent Over 50 Tons of Food
and Water

Friends,
Last week I closed my New York production office and sent my staff down to
New Orleans to set up our own relief effort. I asked all of you to help me
by sending food, materials and cash to the emergency relief center we helped
set up on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain with the Veterans for Peace. We
did this when the government was doing nothing and the Red Cross was still
trying to get it together. Every day, every minute was critical. People were
dying, poor people, black people, left like so much trash in the street. I
wanted to find a way to get aid in there immediately.
I hooked up with the Vietnam veterans and Iraqi war vets (Veterans for
Peace) who were organizing a guerilla, grass-roots relief effort. They were
the same group that had set up Cindy Sheehan's camp in Crawford and now they
had moved Camp Casey to Louisiana.

I have good news and horrible news to report. First, your response to my
appeal letter was overwhelming. Within a few days, a half-million dollars
was sent in through my website to fund our relief effort. This money was
immediately used to buy generators, food, water, a mobile medical van, tents
satellite phones, etc.
I hooked up with the Vietnam veterans and Iraqi war vets (Veterans for
Peace) who were organizing a guerilla, grass-roots relief effort. Fifteen iMacs are
inbound from California. One man gave us his pick-up truck and another
donated truck is en route from Houston.
Your response to my appeal has been nothing short of miraculous. And it has
saved many, many lives.
A number of you decided to just get in your cars and drive to our camp to
volunteer to help. I hooked up with the Vietnam veterans and Iraqi war vets (Veterans for
Peace) who were organizing a guerilla, grass-roots relief effort. It is a remarkable sight.
Thank you, all of you, for responding. I will never forget this outpouring
of generosity to those forgotten by our own government.
My staff and the vets spend their 18-hour days delivering food and water
throughout the city of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. What they have
seen is appalling. I have asked them to post their daily diaries on my
website (www.michaelmoore.com) along with accompanying photos and video so
you can learn what is really going on. What the media is showing you is NOT
the whole story. It is much, much worse and there is still little being done
to bring help to those who need it.
Our group has visited many outlying towns and villages in Mississippi and
Louisiana, places the Red Cross and FEMA haven't visited in over a week.
Often our volunteers are the first relief any of these people have seen.
They have no food, water or electricity. People die every day. There are no
TV cameras recording this. They have started to report the spin and PR put
out by the White House, the happy news that often isn't true ("Everyone gets
2,000 dollars!").
The truth is that there are dead bodies everywhere and no one is picking
them up. My crew reports that in most areas there is no FEMA presence, and
very little Red Cross. It's been over two weeks since the hurricane and
there is simply not much being done. At this point, would you call this
situation incompetence or a purposeful refusal to get real help down there?
That's why we decided not to wait. And we are so grateful to all of you who
have joined us. The Veterans for Peace and my staff aren't leaving (and that
s why we are hoping those of you who can't get to Covington will make it to
the Veterans for Peace co-sponsored anti-war demonstration in DC on
September 24: www.unitedforpeace.org.)
If you want to help, here's what we need in Covington right now:
Cleaning Supplies (glass cleaner, bleach, disinfectant, etc.)
Aspirin and other basic over the counter drugs.
Bottled Water
Canned Goods
Hygiene Supplies
Baby Supplies - Baby Food Formula, diapers #4, #5, Wipes, Pedialyte
Sterile Gloves
Batteries - All kinds, from AA to watch and hearing aid batteries.
Volunteers with trucks and cars
Self contained kitchens with generators, utensils, workers
Consider sending supplies in reusable containers. List the contents on the
outside of the package so the folks in the warehouse can easily sort the
items.
Clothes are not needed. If you go, keep in mind that you MUST be
self-sufficient. Bring a tent and a sleeping bag. People are driving to
Covington from across the country and often have extra room in their cars
for you or for an extra box of supplies. For more information, go to the
Veterans for Peace message board: www.vfproadtrips.org/katrina/.
Send supplies via UPS to:
Veterans for Peace
Omni Storage
74145 Hwy. 25
Covington LA
Thanks again for funding and supporting our relief efforts. It has been a
bright spot in this otherwise shameful month.
Yours,
Michael Moore
 mike@michaelmoore.com
www.michaelmoore.com