미국의 허리케인 최대 피해지역, 뉴올리언스시의 일부 상점들이 17일 다시 문을 열고 있습니다.

레이 내긴 뉴올리언스 시장은 유명 관광구역인 프렌치 쿼터 등 4개 구역에서 상점들이 문을 열어 이 도시의 경제활동을 되살리자고 촉구했습니다.

한편, 뉴올리언스시의 약 절반이 아직도 침수돼 있는 가운데 주민 약 20만 명이 19일부터 집으로 돌아가도록 허용될 예정입니다.

 

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Parts of hurricane-ravaged New Orleans are set to re-open to business owners today (Saturday).

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has called on business owners to return to the famous French Quarter and three other parts of the city to revive economic activity. The areas are located on some of the highest ground in the low-lying city.

Businesses will have to operate under difficult conditions, with officials warning there may be limited or no electricity or clean running water.

Starting Monday, nearly 200-thousands residents will be allowed to return to their homes. Most homes in the city are damaged, and many are uninhabitable.

Less than one-half of New Orleans remains flooded, but dangers from downed power lines, natural gas leaks, toxic debris and other hazards remain.

Hurricane Katrina ravaged the U.S. Gulf Coast region on August 29th. The total death toll in five states now stands at more than 800.

President Bush said Friday the federal government can fund a massive recovery effort without raising taxes, but it will require spending cuts elsewhere in the U.S. budget.