U.S. President Barack Obama made his first visit Tuesday to the southeastern state of Louisiana, where historic flooding has ravaged much of the southern part of the state.
The president hoped to reassure flood victims that his administration has made disaster recovery a top priority. “You are not alone on this. Even after the TV cameras leave, the whole country is going to continue to support you,” Obama said as he toured a flood damaged neighborhood in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Obama has declared 20 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes disaster areas which, in effect, streamlines the process of delivering federal aid. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has said more than 115,000 people have applied for federal financial assistance, and so far $127 million is immediately available. More than 700 households have been placed in temporary housing such as hotels and motels. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT
SOURCES: VOA News Online