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Obama promises to fight "until the job is done" in New Orleans

08-30-2010 10:13 BJT

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U.S. President Barack Obama said Sunday in New Orleans his administration is working to restore the city, five years after the devastating Hurricane Katrina made landfall there. Obama promised to fight "until the job is done."

New Orleans was the city hardest hit when Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005.

Obama sought to reassure the city's disaster-weary residents that he would not abandon their cause.

Barack Obama, U.S. President, said, "Together,we are helping to make New Orleans a place that stands for what we can do in America. Not just for what we can't do. Ultimately, that must be the legacy of Katrina."

Arriving without any new policy announcements or benefits for the city, Obama appeared to hope in part that his mere presence would reassure residents they were not forgotten. For some, it might have been enough.

Some communities in New Orleans still face many challenges five years after the storm. Many homes have been rebuilt, but many remain flood damaged and empty.

Residents complain that school rebuilding has not kept pace with the re-settlement, and businesses have been slow to return to the worst-hit Lower Ninth Ward.

Hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,800 people and caused billions of dollars of damage to the Gulf coast. Only about a quarter of the 5,400 homes there before the storm have been rebuilt.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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