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Bush again visits devastated Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- President Bush was back in Louisiana Monday for yet another visit -- his third -- to an area stricken by a nightmare named Hurricane Katrina.

Bush spoke briefly after visiting with evacuees sheltered in the Bethany World Church in Baton Rouge.

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"So long as anybody's life is in danger, we've got work to do," Bush said. "That's why I want people to be assured we're going to do it. But remember, this is a project that not only deals with the immediate, we're going to have to deal with the long term, as well. The immediate needs are being taken care of right here, and I fully understand there's a lot of work to be done."

The president was accompanied by first lady Laura Bush.

One report said the mayor of Baton Rouge intended to ask Bush for $10 billion in aid when they met Monday.

Earlier, 80 miles east in New Orleans, three teams of body-recovery specialists fanned out at dawn on the mayor's words that thousands have died.

Todd Ellis, incident commander of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response effort in the state, told CNN three teams of 31 people each are now in the disaster area.

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He said bodies would be taken in refrigerated trucks to a portable morgue in St. Gabriel, south of Baton Rouge, where officials would try to identify the remains.

Sunday, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said the dead in the city numbered "in the thousands."

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