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This Happened — August 29: Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast of the U.S. on this day in 2005.

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What was Hurricane Katrina?

Hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 hurricane at the time of its landfall, with sustained winds of around 125 miles per hour (200 kilometers per hour). It was one of the most powerful hurricanes to strike the United States in recorded history. Hurricane Katrina primarily impacted the Gulf Coast region of the U.S., particularly the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The city of New Orleans, Louisiana, was one of the most severely affected areas.

What were the major impacts of Hurricane Katrina?

Hurricane Katrina had devastating impacts. The storm surge and subsequent flooding caused extensive damage to infrastructure, homes, and businesses. Many levees protecting New Orleans failed, leading to catastrophic flooding. The hurricane resulted in the loss of an estimated 1,200 to 1,800 lives, displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, and economic and environmental damage.

Was the response to Hurricane Katrina effective?

The response to Hurricane Katrina faced significant criticism for being slow and inadequate, particularly in the early stages of the disaster. There were challenges in coordinating rescue and relief efforts, evacuating residents, and providing essential supplies and medical assistance. The response highlighted the need for improvements in disaster preparedness and response systems.

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In Mexico And Poland, Women Candidates Defy National Cultures Of Misogyny — And Win

Mexico is on the cusp of getting its first woman president. And in Poland, the upcoming elections will see the highest-ever number of women running for office. Two landmarks for nations where the patriarchy has long reigned supreme.

Photograph of  Claudia Sheinbaum  raising her fist as she receives he certificate as  presidential candidate in the National Council.

September 10, 2023, Mexico City: Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo receives the certificate as presidential candidate in the National Council.

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This election cycle has been a historic one for women in Poland and Mexico. Though the latter recently welcomed a landmark decision on abortion rights, both countries have had a grim past when it comes to women’s rights — including high levels of femicide in the case of Mexico and strict abortion restrictions in Poland.

Still, both countries are on track to hold elections that could prove historic for women, with Mexico expected to inaugurate its first woman President, and Poland nominating a record number of female candidates to parliamentary positions.

In the face of controversy and political challenges, women in these countries are determined to have their voices heard.

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