November 5, 2005


Most of Louisiana's Identified Storm Victims Over 60: State officials raise the death toll to 1,070, with 539 named. Residents continue to find bodies. (Nicholas Riccardi, November 5, 2005, LA Times)

Among Louisiana victims of Hurricane Katrina whose bodies have been identified so far by the state, nearly two-thirds were older than 60, officials said Friday as they released the latest accounting of the storm's toll.

As Louisiana updated its death toll to 1,070, officials also provided more details on the 539 corpses, mostly those of residents of New Orleans and neighboring St. Bernard Parish, that it had slowly processed through its morgue and identified.

Twenty-five percent of the identified dead were 61 to 75 years old. And 39% were older than 75.

The data confirmed what many believe: that Katrina killed the weakest residents of the Crescent City.

Except that there aren't correspondingly high numbers of dead youngsters. The dead are more likely those who were most isolated from people who are supposed to cared about them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2005 7:10 AM

The Darwinists should take comfort in all this.

It's like in Yellowstone, where after a couple of mild winters, there's always a massive die off of elk and bison the next time there's a normal to severe winter.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 5, 2005 4:09 PM

Ditto the French heatwave. It seems that a metric of the level of impersonal bureaucratic socialism in a region is how many of the old and sick die off during a crisis.

Posted by: Gideon at November 5, 2005 5:23 PM

The dead elders were mostly in their own homes, not in nursing homes.

Therefore, they were at least minimally independent.

Most of them probably decided to stay, having safely seen 50 or more previous hurricane seasons.

If Junior lives in Chicago, and his father tells Junior that he's staying put, what's Junior supposed to do ?
Leave his own family, fly down to N.O., and force his father to leave at gunpoint ?

Further, normally Orrin champions the idea of caring for the elderly at home - but now their children are cruel and heartless for NOT putting them in nursing homes, where they would have been mandatorily evacuated.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at November 6, 2005 1:46 AM

The elderly occupants of several nursing homes perished. It's so hard to know how to read these reports. Were these deaths included in the count above?

Posted by: tefta at November 6, 2005 3:34 PM


They're no less alone.

Posted by: oj at November 6, 2005 10:12 PM