RSAF provides assistance in Katrina's wake
Posted: 20 Oct 2005, 0800 hours
(Time is GMT +8 hours)
Story by Gail Wan
Pictures by Chua Soon Lye
From Fort Polk, Louisana
Deemed as one of the worst natural disasters in America's history, Hurricane Katrina tore through the southern states of Louisiana and Mississippi on 29 Aug, killing over a thousand people and wrecking countless homes.
The low-lying bowl-shaped city of New Orleans was especially vulnerable. Everyone's worst fears materialised when the 5m-high bank of protective levees keeping the waters of Lake Pontchartrain out of the coastal city buckled under the onslaught of lashing winds and strong surf, resulting in a massive surge of water gushing into the city.