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Barack Obama visited New Orleans yesterday five years to the day after Hurricane Katrina struck and paid tribute to the ravaged city as ‘a symbol of resilience’.

The US President indirectly criticised George Bush after calling Katrina not just a natural disaster but

‘a manmade catastrophe. A shameful breakdown in government that left countless men, women and children abandoned and alone’.

The 2005 storm killed more than 1,800 along the Gulf and left thousands homeless.

The President told Xavier University that a new levee to protect the coast would be finished next year but too many people were still ‘unable to come home’.

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US President Barack Obama salutes a veteran in the crowd after delivering remarks at Xavier University in New Orleans Louisiana.

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US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama tour the Columbia Parc Development with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan in New Orleans Louisiana.

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama listen to Maude Smith and her grandson David Robichaux Jr in their home in the Columbia Parc Development in New Orleans.

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US President Barack Obama first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia place a food order at Parkway Bakery and Tavern in New Orleans Louisiana.

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