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all the time. In the United States, the hunt is continuing for survivors of Hurricane Katrina after the devastating storm cut a swathe through coastal communities in three states. Army engineers in Louisiana are now racing to repair broken levees before floodwaters completely submerge the city of New Orleans. While an exact death toll is not yet known, some officials are saying hundreds of people may have perished in the disaster. North America correspondent Mark Simkin reports.

Americans are comparing it to the

Asi ╝Whitean tsunami and while the

death tolls are drastically

different. There is no doubt of

different. There is no doubt of the size that is swamping this region.

A vast desperate and dangerous

rescue mission is under way,

thousands of people are perched on

roofs after smashing their way out

of attics. Others are still

screaming for help in the darkness.

We did a lot of our crying earlier,

but there is a lot more crying to

but there is a lot more crying to be done. The water continues to rise.

Two levees protecting New Orleans

have been overwhelmed. 80% of the

city is now under water. It will be

at least a week before residents

at least a week before residents can return to their homes or what's

return to their homes or what's left of them. Tens of thousands will be

homeless for months. There's no

power, no fresh water. The good

folks in Louisiana and Mississippi

and Alabama and other affected

and Alabama and other affected areas will need the help and compassion

and prayers of our fellow citizens.

Help is coming the American Red

Cross has begun the biggest

Cross has begun the biggest natural disaster relief operation in the

city. The magnitude of the

city. The magnitude of the situation is untenable. It's heart breaking.

Others want to profit from the

misery. Hundreds of looters are

roaming New Orleans a city that's

faced the worst of mother nature

and is now witnessing the worst of