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)

Woman in distress outside a home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina

  • $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.
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