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The Louisiana Flood Victims
About the Disaster
In August 2016, prolonged rainfall in southern parts of the U.S. state of Louisiana resulted in catastrophic flooding that submerged thousands of houses and businesses. The flood has been called the worst U.S. natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. At least 20,000 people were evacuated from submerged vehicles and flooded homes. With an estimated 110,000 homes damaged in the flooding, thousands of Louisianians were forced into shelters.
The Red Cross' Response
An estimated 1,500 American Red Cross volunteers responded immediately to offer assistance in Louisiana and have launched a massive relief operation. This response is anticipated to cost at least $30 million – and this number may grow as they learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation. The Red Cross has stepped in to provide safe, dry shelters, serve water and hot meals, ensure any people with disabilities get the help they need, provide first aid, offer comfort and emotional support, distribute clean up supplies, meet with families to prepare recovery plans, and much more.
To learn more about the Red Cross, please visit their website: http://www.redcross.org/