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Sandy death toll mounts as New York subway rolls again

Published on Nov 2, 2012 6:01 AM
Commuters wait for subway trains in the Brooklyn Borough of New York on Nov 1, 2012. New Yorkers heard the rumble of subway trains for the first time in four days as limited service resumed, but the lower half of Manhattan still lacked power and surrounding areas including Staten Island, the New Jersey shore and the city of Hoboken remained crippled from Hurricane Sandy, which triggered a record storm surge and flooding. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - The toll of death and suffering from superstorm Sandy mounted on Thursday even as New York struggled back to life, with the first subway trains rolling in four days.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sandy killed at least 37 people in the city and the number was likely to mount. At least 88 people have now been reported dead across the 15 states hit by the hurricane on Monday night.

Fuel shortages led to long lines of cars at filling stations in many states and the country faced a storm bill that some economists have estimated at US$50 billion (S$61 billion).

More bodies are being found as police and fire-fighters continue "their lifesaving mission, going block-by-block and door-to-door in the areas devastated by the hurricane," Mayor Bloomberg said.

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