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Sandy death toll hits 80 and keeps rising

The death toll from Sandy keeps rising as swathes of the US East Coast battle to recover, three days after being battered by the massive storm. More than 80 people are now known to have died in the US, 37 in New York City alone, and others remain missing. About 4.5 million customers in 12 states are still without power, and chronic fuel shortages persist.

The National Guard is to deliver a million meals and bottled water to New Yorkers affected by the storm. The number of dead in the US has exceeded the toll from the Caribbean, where 69 people were killed by Sandy.

The storm could cost the US $50bn (£31bn), according to forecasting firm Eqecat, doubling the previous estimate.

Climate change fears

In New York, limited subway services returned on Thursday, though four of the seven train tunnels under the East river remained flooded.
Fares on commuter trains, subways and buses have been temporarily waived in a bid to entice commuters off the traffic-choked roads.

Many of the petrol stations in the city and the state of New Jersey remained closed, and fights broke out amid long queues on forecourts. The city authorities are only permitting vehicles with three passengers or more to cross into Manhattan.

Amtrak plans to restart its East Coast service – the busiest train line in the US – on Friday.

In lower Manhattan, where Sandy brought a record 14ft (4.2m) tidal surge, subway services are still closed and hundreds of thousands of homes without power.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday ordered the National Guard to help deliver some 30 tractor trailers of supplies to one million residents. He has told relief workers to prioritise the elderly and poor, especially those living in high-rise blocks.

Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his endorsement for President Barack Obama on Thursday, saying he had shown leadership on climate change, which he said could be causing severe storms such as Sandy.

Source: BBC News

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