Cover Story > Cover Story Sidebar

The toll

Issue: "Rita: Strike 2," Oct. 1, 2005

Three weeks after Katrina struck, the National Next of Kin Registry was still posting thousands of entries from family members searching for loved ones in the hurricane's path. "Does anyone know the whereabouts of Wayne, Judi, or Dallas Overall?" was a typical post, followed by a Sept. 18 update: "They have all been found safe." Still, the Red Cross continues to log thousands missing. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported over 2,000 children's names either missing or looking for their parents. The storm's official death toll as of Sept. 22 remained mercifully below expectations.

  • Alabama: 2
  • Florida: 11
  • Georgia: 2
  • Louisiana: 799
  • Mississippi: 219

TOTAL: 1,033

We see you’ve been enjoying the content on our exclusive member website. Ready to get unlimited access to all of WORLD’s member content?
Get your risk-free, 30-Day FREE Trial Membership right now.
(Don’t worry. It only takes a sec—and you don’t have to give us payment information right now.)

Get your risk-free, 30-Day FREE Trial Membership right now.


You must be a WORLD member to post comments.

    Keep Reading


    Viral outbreak

    Shocking images of high-profile domestic abuse cases put sports leagues…



    Louis Zamperini biopic tells an amazing story but leaves…


    Myth makers

    Scholars who doubt Jesus’ existence follow standard conspiracy theory procedure