Katrina Survivors Seek Venezuela’s Support

CARACAS-- Some survivors of Hurricane Katrina say they aren't getting enough attention from the Bush administration, so they're turning to Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez for help.

Ishmael Muhammad of the New Orleans Survivor Council has visited Venezuela three times to seek funding and forge ties. He says the group hopes to raise $45,000 for a center to house 50 people as they rebuild their homes.

He says the community knows the Venezuelan government "could use it for political propaganda, but they're OK with that."

Venezuelan Congressman Francisco Torrealba says his government is trying to secure funding.

Friday is the third anniversary of Katrina's landfall in Louisiana.