The Straits Times
Published on Nov 12, 2012

US north-east cleans up from storm Sandy, death toll rises


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - New Yorkers took to the streets on Sunday to help in the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, volunteering to clean up devastated areas and using an annual Veterans Day parade to collect donations for victims struggling without homes or power.

Police raised the storm's death toll in New York City to 43, adding the death of a 77-year-old retired custodian who was found last week at the bottom of the steps of his apartment building in Rockaway, Queens, paralysed and with head injuries.

He died at a hospital on Saturday, they said.

The Rockaways peninsula in the city's Queens borough was one of the hardest hit by the storm, one of the region's worst natural disasters in history, which toppled houses, uprooted trees and left hundreds of thousands of people without power.