September 21, 2005

Katrina death toll tops 1,000

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) - The death toll from
Hurricane Katrina climbed to 1,037 after Louisiana officials on
Wednesday raised the number of confirmed fatalities in that
state to 799.

There were 219 dead in Mississippi and 19 deaths confirmed
in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee from the August 29

Louisiana, the state hardest hit by the hurricane with
flooding in New Orleans, raised its death toll from the 736 it
had reported as of Monday evening.

Mississippi officials did not return calls for comment on
the latest numbers in that state, which last updated its death
toll late last week.