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Mayor estimates thousands dead

A grim estimate from the mayor of NewOrleans.

Ray Nagin warns that "it wouldn't be unreasonable" to have ten-thousand deaths from Hurricane Katrina and the storm's aftermath. He made the comments on N-B-C's "Today" show.

A week after the storm, it's still not clear how many people have died. But bodies are everywhere. Some are floating in canals, others are abandoned on highways and hidden in attics.

Still, the mayor of New Orleans is sounding more upbeat than in previous days, when he railed against the federal government. Nagin says officials are "making great progress," and critical tasks are being completed.

The mayor also says he's arranging to rotate out emergency workers who have been working virtually around the clock since before the storm hit.

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