Has anybody heard any semi-reliable figure on how many refugees there actually are in all this mess.?
I've read, up to 400,000 didn't evacuate. Lord only knows how many are left.
news.google.com is your friend.
A Look at Refugee Situation Across U.S.
The Associated Press
Friday, September 2, 2005; 5:51 PM
-- Snapshots of states taking in refugees from Hurricane Katrina:
LOUISIANA: The Red Cross said more than 50,000 refugees were in its shelters. That figure did not include those still inside the Superdome and people who were evacuated to the Astrodome in Houston.
MISSISSIPPI: The state Emergency Management Agency reported that 12,500 people were in public shelters. Figures were not available for people in hotels or private homes, but officials said the total number of hurricane victims could climb into the tens of thousands.
ALABAMA: Gov. Bob Riley is seeking to create temporary, semi-permanent and permanent housing for 10,000 Katrina refugees, but emergency officials said the number of hurricane victims in Alabama was likely to climb far higher.
TEXAS: Nearly 24,000 refugees were in Red Cross Shelters, but that number did not include people evacuated from New Orleans to the Astrodome.
TENNESSEE: Gov. Phil Bredesen said nearly 13,000 refugees were being sheltered. He said that number could double within several days. More than 10,000 people have gone to Memphis, about 350 miles north of New Orleans.
FLORIDA: More than 1,100 people were in seven shelters, along with 13,500 refugees in hotels, according to emergency and visitor-center officials in Pensacola, Panama City and Tallahassee.
ARKANSAS: Gov. Mike Huckabee said the state was preparing to accept 20,000 refugees. An estimated 2,000 to 4,000 people were in shelters Thursday night.
SOUTH CAROLINA: U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn proposed housing up to 5,000 refugees in unused military barracks, an empty mall and other large buildings in Columbia. So far, Red Cross chapters across the state reported helping a handful of refugees, although most have been staying with family or friends.
GEORGIA: Working with aid groups, state officials have opened 12 shelters housing more than 900 evacuees, Gov. Sonny Perdue said.
MISSOURI: The American Red Cross has helped more than 500 people from hurricane-stricken areas with shelter, said Susie Stonner, a spokeswoman for the State Emergency Management agency.
OKLAHOMA: A few hundred refugees have checked in with the American Red Cross in Oklahoma, but most have stayed with friends and family. Vince Hernandez, a spokesman for the Red Cross in Oklahoma, said plans were being made to house greater numbers of refugees if needed.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Ten buses were expected to roll out of Washington on Friday for New Orleans to pick up 400 hurricane refugees. City officials expected they would return on Labor Day. Refugees were to be housed at the D.C. Armory.
MARYLAND: A spokesman for the Maryland State Department of Education said at least seven counties have been contacted by hurricane refugees who want to enroll students. Some school systems also have inquired about hiring displaced teachers.
ILLINOIS: Authorities were aware of 400 to 500 refugees in the state. The state Board of Education said 35 Katrina refugees were enrolling in Illinois schools.