FEMA to speed relief to areas hit by Katrina

FEMA to speed relief to areas hit by Katrina

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Faced with the daunting task of inspecting hundreds of thousands of damaged homes, federal officials in US have decided to award the maximum relief aid possible to people in neighborhoods presumed destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Identification of the effected people who will be given the aid is being based on satellite imagery of the worst flooding or wind damage, broken down by zip code, where individual inspections have not been done. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has begun notifying 60,000 renters and property owners in nine Louisiana and Mississippi parishes and counties that they will receive immediately as much as $26,200 per household — the most Congress authorized. Although some homes might have escaped serious damage and their owners do not require the aid, FEMA has decided not to wait for case-by-case inspections.