Saturday, October 01, 2005

In Texas, more people died in evacuation than from effects of storm.

As people have been saying: "the evacuation was a disaster itself".

The death toll from Hurricane Rita's assault on Texas has risen to about 100, but most of the victims died before the hurricane struck, either while preparing for the storm or fleeing from it, authorities said Thursday.

The evacuation of millions of people from coastal counties killed about 60 people, according to preliminary estimates, including 23 residents of a Houston-area nursing home who were killed when their bus caught fire and exploded outside Dallas.

Some also perished in the hurricane's immediate aftermath, which claimed the lives of people who tried to run generators inside their homes and died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Power outages and falling trees were blamed for at least 10 deaths.

Texas Death Toll From Rita Rises to 100


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