This is almost beyond comprehension to me. I have seen some first-hand reports of how bad it is down there, via some emails from friends of mine who have family down there.
This is the starkest example:
"My sister just got off the phone w/ her good friend who is a nurse at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He stayed on the job through the hurricane and is now stranded there. She spoke to him very briefly because there is only one emergency phone working and there is a line of people trying to call loved ones. Their brief conversation and his conversation w/ his wife included the following description of the scene:
The generators at the hospital are out. All patients that were on life support are dead. From the upper floors dead bodies can be seen floating in the water. Men w/ assault rifles entered the hospital and took all the drugs. During one of the assaults on the hospital, a female nurse was raped and one male nurse that tried to defend her was killed. Some patients have died due to lack of medications. He told my sister that the scene is unfathomable. After dark last night they had to barricade themselves in an office to get away from the animals that were searching the halls w/ assault rifles. Yesterday they were told that the military was going to extract them using helicopters but no further word has come. He concluded saying that he might not live."
Send in the army, and have them deal with this appropriately. And don't try to tell me they're not animals.