Just watched video from WDSU in New Orleans showing utter chaos and deep anger at the convention center. They have no food and no water and no opportunity to get any with no one in charge. The crowds chant to the cameras: Help! Help! Help! No, these are not looters. They are people who sought help and found none.
The AP says the city is descending into anarchy:
Fights and fires broke out, corpses lay out in the open, and rescue helicopters and law enforcement officers were shot at as flooded-out New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday. “This is a desperate SOS,” the mayor said.
Anger mounted across the ruined city, with thousands of storm victims increasingly hungry, desperate and tired of waiting for buses to take them out.
“We are out here like pure animals. We don’t have help,” the Rev. Issac Clark, 68, said outside the New Orleans Convention Center, where corpses lay in the open and he and other evacuees complained that they were dropped off and given nothing – no food, no water, no medicine….
About 15,000 to 20,000 people who had taken shelter at the convention center to await buses were growing angry and restless in what appeared to be a potentially explosive situation. In hopes of defusing it, the mayor said the evacuees would be allowed to march to a nearby expressway to try to find a way out.