Bush declares Katrina prayer day

Displaced people have already been receiving special debit cards

US President George W Bush has declared Friday 16 September a national day of prayer and remembrance for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

He asked agencies in the disaster zone to treat bodies with "dignity and respect", and announced initial aid of $2,000 (£1,090) for displaced families.

Mr Bush spoke as Congress approved a bill providing an additional $51.8bn (£28bn) for the relief effort.

Washington has been accused of reacting

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