Sandy Storm Death Toll Rises

11:30, 31 October 2012
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The death toll from Sandy, a hurricane turned superstorm, in the United States and Canada has risen to at least 50, US media reported, according to RIA Novosti.

CBS News said many people were hit by falling trees.

Earlier it was reported that 34 people were killed by Sandy, which left millions of people throughout the US Eastern Seaboard without power or access to transportation on Tuesday, towns and roads underwater, trees toppled and power lines downed.

In the Caribbean, Sandy previously killed over 60 people.

Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coast Monday night with sustained winds of 80 mph (129 kph) and heavy, relentless rains.

The devastation brought the busy, bustling Northeast to a virtual standstill, with schools, businesses, and airlines closed, mass transit systems shut down, more than 15,000 flights cancelled and many roads impassable.

At least 8 million electric customers were without power, including many hospitals and nursing homes.

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in New York City and New Jersey on Tuesday, which makes federal funding available to people affected by the storm. The damage toll from the storm could come to $20 billion.

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