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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Katrina Donations

Dignan thinks that the impact of Hurricane Katrina might be bigger than 9/11. I disagree for various reasons, but by at least one measure Dignan is on to something:

Americans have given more than $1.2-billion to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The donations now nearly match the $1.3-billion that American charities raised to provide relief aid after the South Asian tsunamis.

The pace of giving continues to be faster than after the 2001 terrorist attacks. It took more than four weeks after the attacks for charities to raise $1-billion; more than $2.2-billion was eventually raised to help victims.
So if you follow the money, it seems that Katrina has had a larger effect on many people than even the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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