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 Vast military convoy enters New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS - Four days after Hurricane Katrina struck, the National Guard arrived in force Friday with food, water and weapons — rolling through floodwaters in a vast truck convoy with orders to retake the streets and bring relief to the suffering.
But Mayor Ray Nagin issued an urgent statement indicating that a single convoy would not save the city. He warned that thousands of residents could die if remaining water supplies are cut off or contaminated, and that 50,000 residents were still on rooftops or shelters awaiting rescue.

“We’re holding on by a thread,” he said. “Time has run out.”

The trucks began arriving at the New Orleans Convention Center, where 15,000 to 20,000 hungry and desperate refugees were stranded even though the site is accessible by vehicles.

For a day or more, corpses have lain abandoned outside the building, and many storm refugees have complained bitterly that they had been forsaken by the government.


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