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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 November 2005, 16:23 GMT
In pictures: New Orleans

Destruction in New Orleans, Lower 9th Ward

Directly in the path of a burst flood levee, the houses have been washed away, to be replaced by acres of mud, debris and overturned trees and cars.

Destruction in New Orleans, Lower 9th Ward

The devastation is truly eye-opening. Properties have been erased.

Destruction in New Orleans, Lower 9th Ward

Huge parts of New Orleans, which is below sea-level, were hit by the floods. Tens of thousands of people have lost their homes. Many of them have no insurance whatsoever.

New Orleans, Lower 9th Ward:

The streets, where they still exist, are now deserted. Three months after the storm large parts of the city remain closed off.

An abandoned house is searched in Lower 9th ward, New Orleans

Firemen, supported by police, carry out house to house searches, looking for bodies. In this case, they fear there may be the remains of a child in the house.

A cafe in New Orleans

No electricity, no gas, no shops, but a few people try to get their community going again, offering help to those brave enough to return

The burst flood levee, now with a temporary fix

The burst flood levee, now with a temporary fix. But will New Orleans get the physical protection its people are demanding?

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