Photo gallery: Obama tours disaster zone as Sandy’s toll mounts
BRIGANTINE, United States / New Jersey (AFP) - President Barack Obama toured New Jersey’s devastated coastline on Wednesday, vowing to stay with flood victims “for the long haul” as the US toll from superstorm Sandy passed 70.
In New York, the stock exchanges and John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports reopened. But more than six million homes and businesses, the majority of them in New York state and neighboring New Jersey, remained without power.
The full extent of one of the largest and most destructive storms ever to strike the United States became clearer, with entire coastal communities in Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey submerged or cut off by floodwaters.
US media reports said 72 Americans had been confirmed dead across 15 storm-ravaged states, bringing Sandy’s overall toll to 144, including Canada and the Caribbean, where Haiti and Cuba were hit particularly hard.