a state of devastation

That’s how the Mayor of New Orleans described the scene as flood levels continue to rise, with 80% of the city already under water. The BBC also report that heavily armed police have been trying to impose a form of martial law to stem outbreaks of looting and that the stadium where 20,000 people were taking refuge is being evacuated. Fuller coverage can be found at, New Orleans newspaper, Times-Picayune website, as the media switches to the web. Also worth reading this Washington Post report on the situation, and this one on the massive relief effort ahead.