Anger mounts in US over storm fuel shortages
NEW YORK (AFP) - Fuel shortages caused exasperation to spill over into anger on Friday amid a desperate race to get power restored and get stricken US cities moving again after the devastating superstorm Sandy Fights erupted in huge queues at the few petrol stations still operating in the states of New York and New Jersey, with the authorities in some towns and cities rationing fuel even for the police.
As the American death toll from Monday's mammoth storm hit 95, the authorities said they were putting huge resources into helping the needy, restoring power and getting mass transit moving again.
However, fights have broken out at many petrol stations, and people in New York's Staten Island complain that they have been forgotten in the giant rescue operation. The island borough was badly hit by Sandy.
Police were called to several petrol stations in the New York region to prevent trouble. One man in Queens who tried to push his BMW car into a queue was charged with pulling a gun on another driver.