Report: U.S. turned down aid for Katrina
WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) — The United States rejected millions of dollars in aid from other countries in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
U.S. allies pledged $854 million in cash contributions and oil that could be sold for cash, the news paper said. Only $40 million has been spent on helping victims of the storm.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a public interest group based in Washington, obtained diplomatic cables and other documents and gave them to the Post.
Some aid was wasted, the documents indicated. Italy sent a shipment of medical supplies that had to be destroyed after it was allowed to sit unused.
“Tell them we blew it,” an official said. “The flip side is just to dispose of it and not come clean. I could be persuaded.”
Officials rejected Greece’s offer of two cruise ships to be used for emergency housing because the vessels would not arrive in New Orleans until Oct. 10, 2005 — about six weeks after the hurricane. In the end, the government spent $249 million renting ships from Carnival Cruise Lines.
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