Friday, September 09, 2005

Far Fewer Dead In New Orleans Than Projected?

Looks like the projected number of deaths in New Orleans may have been based on hysterical emotions and not sound logic:

New Orleans Deaths

"There's some encouragement in the initial sweeps. Some of the catastrophic deaths some people have predicted may not have occurred," Col. Terry Ebbert, director of Homeland Security for the city of New Orleans said at a news conference.

If the actual number of deaths is far lower than the 10,000 projected by Mayor Ray Nagin, then that is simply wonderful news. Let’s hope it is much lower than the projection.

Regardless of where you stand related to the coverage of this disaster and the blame game, an actual number of deaths that is hugely lower than Nagin’s estimate of 10,000 will be a blessing and a great thing in a story with lots of bad things………..