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Hurricane Hangover: Katrina Still Haunts

Months after the destructive visit off Hurricane Katrina, the survivors are still facing the after effects of the fury unleashed on the survivors scattered across the nation // , with the destruction so large the loss so dear that the people are now facing problems, and sufferings off such severe psychological distress that the federal government has launched the biggest & a very expensive counseling program in American history.

Sources place an estimated 5 lakh off people are in need off some form of mental health service’s, including the likes of treatment for post-traumatic stress, substance abuse counseling, anti-anxiety medication, Children too are badly affected, and those too young to talk would need art therapy to explain their grief.

According to Seth Hassett, who directs the emergency response unit of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the federal government has allocated $141 million to serve evacuees scattered among at least two dozen states. With negotiations on for a separate grant for the state of Louisiana, amounting to almost $70 million, the estimated cost would well spiral above the funds allocated for the appropriated for the mental health needs of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

But cost aside the Katrina response is proving the agency's toughest challenge ever. The people need to be bolstered emotionally, as even those trained to offer solace break down easily and often: A hospital nurse, a school psychologist, a paramedic, a counselor all lose composure as they talk about Katrina.

The devastating effect of Katrina, was anticipated by experts, the storm killed more than 1,300 people, submerged almost 80% of New Orleans, flattened neighborhoods and forced friends and relatives apart. But the devastating effect it has left on the mental health of people is only now emerging. With almost six months after the worst many expected their lives to be back to alm
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