Hurricane Sandy death toll rises to 90, 4.5 mln still without power

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 02, 2012 09:02 hrs

Washington: The death toll after Hurricane Sandy is continuing to rise, as swathes of the US East Coast battle to recover from the massive storm that hit three days ago.

At least 90 people are now known to have died in the US, 38 in New York City alone, and others are missing.

About 4.5 million people 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 BBC reports.

The number of dead in the US has exceeded the toll from the Caribbean, where 69 people were killed by Sandy.

According to the report, the number could continue to rise as rescuers search house-by-house, especially in Staten Island, where elected officials have criticised the emergency response.

The storm could cost nearly 50 billion dollars, according to forecasting firm Eqecat, doubling the previous estimate.

In New York, limited subway services resumed on Thursday, though four of the seven train tunnels under the East River remained flooded, it added. 

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