Hurricane Ida: "The disaster was better anticipated"

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Waves crash against the New Canal Lighthouse on Lake Pontchartrain as the effects of Hurricane Ida begin to be felt in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States on August 29, 2021. VIA REUTERS - MICHAEL DEMOCK

By: Stéphane Geneste Follow

6 mins

Hurricane Ida hits the coast of Louisiana.

The balance sheet although provisional shows a victim.

Sixteen years ago Katrina killed 1,800 people.

Did the disaster of 2005 prevent the worst today?

Did the politicians understand that there was a danger? 


Some answers with

Romain Huret

, director of studies at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) specialist in the United States and author of the book

Katrina, 2005. The hurricane, the State and the poor in the United States. United 

(Editions EHESS, 2010).


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