The nation's largest denominations have mobilized their people and collected massive funds to help the victims of last week's devastating hurricane. The government also provided more than 10.5 billion disaster aid and stationed troops to serve meals and to setup shelters for the victims. Included within the help, Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) donated $100,000 dollars to the United States on the same day to help with the reconstruction work in the disaster areas.
According to a risk modeling firms, Hurrican Katrina will cost as much as $25 billion in economic losses and affection some 5 million people. Deaths have already reached into the hundred and some warn the estimate could shoot to the thousands after the debris is settled.
On Friday, the president took a land and air tour of hard-hit areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and admitted of the relief effort: "The result are not enough." Congress passed a $10.5 billion disaster aid package, and Bush quickly signed the measure.
Southern Baptist relief workers characterized the response as the "largest ever."
Jim Burton, director of volunteer mobilization at the NAMB said in the report that they have worked for over 35 years to build such capacity to respond to something like this. However, after understanding the extent of the damage and logistical challenges that lies ahead, it will be a "major test".