Case study: Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina was a devastating storm that hit the area around New Orleans, USA, on 25 August 2005. It had social, economic and environmental impacts:
Social impacts of the hurricane (effects on people)
- 1,800 people died.
- 300,000 homes were destroyed.
- 3 million people were left with no electricity.
- People had to move out of the area.
Economic impacts of the hurricane (effects on money and jobs)
- $300 billion of damage.
- Oil platforms were destroyed.
- Shops were looted.
- Fuel prices rose.
- Tourism decreased.
Environmental impacts of the hurricane
- The storm surge flooded large areas of the coast.
- 80% of New Orleans flooded as man-made levees, overwhelmed by extra water, broke.
- Cotton and sugar cane crops were destroyed.
- Delicate coastal habitats were destroyed.
- Tornadoes were created.