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The economic and human cost of America’s worst natural disasters

A high water sign is submerged near Lake Bistineau in Webster Parish, Louisiana March 14, 2016. The death toll from storms in Southern U.S. states rose to five as storm-weary residents of Louisiana and Mississippi watched for more flooding on Monday from drenching rains that inundated homes, washed out roads and prompted thousands of rescues.

As storms and floods batter Louisiana, a look at some of America's worst natural disasters Image: REUTERS/Therese Apel

Alex Gray
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Flood waters in Louisiana. Image: REUTERS
 Victims of Hurricane Katrina stay at the Astrodome stadium where 16,000 evacuees are receiving food and shelter in Houston, Texas September 4, 2005. The arena is being used as an intake facility where medical care is provided and evacuees of Hurricane Katrina are evaluated for assignment to other facilities.
Victims of Hurricane Katrina seek shelter. Image: REUTERS/Carlos Barria
 A home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy is seen in Union Beach, New Jersey November 20, 2012.
A home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Image: REUTERS/Eric Thayer
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