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Udoji: Katrina survivors 'screaming for help'

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CNN's Adaora Udoji

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NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, rescue workers searched for stranded survivors in flooded parts of New Orleans.

CNN correspondent Adaora Udoji reported Tuesday on the rescue efforts in the city's 9th Ward neighborhood.

UDOJI: More water than the eye can see. And that levee break has had some very dire consequences for the hospitals in the downtown New Orleans area. (See the video of boats rescuing the stranded -- 2:47)

In fact, Tulane University Hospital and Clinic at some point thought they were going to have to evacuate. There were ongoing discussions. After the storm blew through, there was no flooding by late last evening. They had about 6 feet of water in the hospital. Of course, that brought up some major questions as to whether or not their emergency generator was going to keep going.

So in downtown New Orleans, they are certainly battling their own water problems. ... About three or four miles north of the city ... there are dozens and dozens of homes that are -- have been flooded. Six to 10 feet of water. (Watch video of the worsening saturation of the French Quarter -- 1:19)

And all night long, nearly two dozen rescue workers have been riding the boats up and down these lanes and pulling out people from their homes. Some were stuck in their attics; others were on roofs. Some had cell phones that they were able to call and tell rescuers where they were. Others did not. Some were just screaming for help.

Upward of 500 people are taken -- have been evacuated from this area. From what we understand, [there are] no major injuries. All very minor, except for one man broke his leg. But no fatalities at this location.

Again, the same scene taking place further west. There are neighborhoods --some estimated as many as 40,000 homes are underwater. The rescue crews are now fanning out. It has been an absolute logistical nightmare. Rescue crews getting to their equipment, getting to their supplies and getting those things to the areas where they need it the most.

And as the sun comes up today, they're going to have a really good opportunity to get an absolute sense of the extent of the damage. We've heard that over and over from officers. And they expect things are only going to get worse from here as they do discover exactly how much damage Hurricane Katrina carried with it as it blew through here.

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