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Thousands Find Some Relief in New Orleans, Others Still Stranded

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Thousands of weary hurricane victims in New Orleans were finally evacuated Friday, while thousands of others remain stranded in the devastated city. A National Guard convoy with desperately needed food and supplies rolled into New Orleans Friday.

Many victims, while expressing extreme gratitude, also questioned why the aid took four days to arrive. Some 30-thousand troops are delivering supplies and keeping order in the entire hurricane disaster zone, which also includes Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

President Bush visited the devastated areas Friday, including in an aerial tour of New Orleans. He also met with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who had earlier made angry complaints about what he called slow federal relief.

Residents still remain trapped in and around their homes in New Orleans, and search and rescue operations continue in the flood waters.

Mr. Bush Friday signed a 10.5-billion-dollar emergency spending bill that had quickly been passed in Congress. Mr. Bush says that is only part of the aid that will be needed for the region.

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