New Orleans turns to international aid

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posted on Jun, 15 2007 @ 02:57 PM
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New Orleans turns to international aid

The cash-strapped city of New Orleans is turning to foreign countries for help to rebuild as federal hurricane-recovery dollars remain slow to flow.
Kenya Smith, director of intergovernmental relations for Mayor Ray Nagin, said city leaders are talking with more than five countries. He wouldn't identify the countries, saying discussions were in the early stages. But he said the city is "very serious" about pursuing foreign help.

"Of course, we would love to have all the resources we need from federal and state partners, but we're comfortable now in having to be creative," Smith said. He did not know if the city would have to overcome any obstacles if it got firm pledges for aid, but "we want to make sure we're leaving no options unexplored."

For months Nagin has complained bureaucracy is choking the flow of much-needed federal aid dollars to New Orleans - slowing the city's recovery. As of June 8, the city said it had received just over half of the $320 million FEMA has obligated for rebuilding city infrastructure and emergency response-related costs. The city has estimated its damage at far more than that - at least $1 billion. And that doesn't include other improvements - such as raised neighborhoods - meant to help build the stronger city promoted by Nagin and his recovery director.

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Pathetic. Simply pathetic.... :shk:




posted on Nov, 19 2007 @ 07:06 AM
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Well the link to the original story doesn't work any more.

Well assuming that aid agency's were to give aid directly to city in terms of rebuilding houses e.t.c rather then just pouring money into the giant sink hole that is the corrupt local government then the strategy of using aid agency's to rebuild New Orleans would be effective in areas that have other wise been ignored.

Its a shame that aid agency's cant build a stronger levy system .



posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 09:54 PM
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