Hurricane Katrina was the costliest and one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. It formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005, and crossed southern Florida. On the morning of August 29 the storm made its second and third landfalls in southeast Louisiana and at the Louisiana/Mississippi state line. The most severe loss of life and property damage occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana. The storm is estimated to have caused $81.2 billion in damage. In the storm’s aftermath, DDMBA began a fund raising effort among its members to help Katrina’s victims. An amount of $56,116 was raised and donated through the American Red Cross.
Southeast Asia Tsunami
On December 26, 2004, an Indian Ocean earthquake struck off the northwest coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, spawning a tsunami that wreaked havoc along much of the rim of the Indian Ocean. Particularly hard-hit were the countries of India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Over 180,000 people were killed, tens of thousands more were injured, and over one million were made homeless. Rebuilding these areas will take many years. DDMBA raised and donated $110,000 to help the recovery of victims’ villages and towns.