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President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit New Orleans next week to mark 10 years after Hurricane Katrina swept through the city, destroying homes and businesses, and thrusting the city into economic turmoil.

The storm left an estimated 1,800 dead and displaced a million people, exposing “the socioeconommic and racial disparities rampant along the Gulf Coast,” according to CNN:

Speaking at the fifth anniversary of the disaster, Obama lambasted the response from President George W. Bush’s administration, terming it “a shameful breakdown in government.”

“It was a natural disaster but also a man-made catastrophe,” Obama said then, referring to “bodies lying in the streets of a great American city.”

A White House official told CNN that the administration has focused on supporting the needs of survivors and bolstering recovery efforts.



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