We heard - and saw - much about how the American emergency planning teams had failed New Orleans when Katrina struck. Allegations of corruption abounded. Lack of adequate resources was blamed on racial matters.
I was not there and cannot venture any opinion. Whether the deficiencies existed for the reasons alleged or whether Katrina was so large and violent that it would have overcome the finest preparations cannot be judged by anyone not very closely connected.
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And yet, some places cope with disaster better than others. A gringo speaks.