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US takes stock of damage

world Updated: Nov 01, 2012 00:17 IST

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New Yorkers struggled to restore power and clear debris Wednesday after superstorm Sandy carved a path of destruction from the Caribbean to Canada that left at least 120 people dead.

Rescuers combed neighbourhoods strewn with debris even as authorities and citizens in America’s biggest city struggled to restore vital services and clear debris after a wall of storm-driven seawater swamped road and rail tunnels and triggered
massive fires.

The New York subway system, much of which was flooded by seawater, was still gripped by what management dubbed its worst disaster in its 108-year history.

Daylight brought surreal images of the storm’s devastation: a boat washed onto a railway track in New York state, cars bobbing like corks in submerged New York City parking lots, and a neighbourhood in Queens burnt to cinders.

Over 8 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Maine were without power Tuesday, with outages increasing as the storm moves towards the Great Lakes. afp, new york