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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sandy l 98 deaths and $ 50 billion in damages


The death toll in a major storm that has beaten the United States increased by one third only on Thursday, 98. In New York, one of the hardest hit cities, 40 people were killed, half of them on Staten Island, which was swamped by a wall of water on Monday. Among the dead in Staten Island had two brothers, ages 2 and 4, which were torn from the arms of his mother after his car was trapped by flood waters. Their bodies were found in a marshy area on Thursday.


Secretary of Homeland Security of the United States, Janet Napolitano, and the assistant administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, for its acronym in English), Richard Serino, planned to visit Staten Island on Friday amid angry accusations Some survivors that the area had been ignored. The scenes of angry victims of the storm to four days of the presidential elections could complicate matters for politicians, from President Barack Obama to governors and mayors of the most populated region of the United States. Obama visited New Jersey on Wednesday and has received praise for his handling of Sandy.


"They forgot about us," said Theresa Connor, 42, saying his Staten Island neighborhood had been "wiped out". "And (Mayor Michael) Bloomberg said New York is well. The marathon is on! "he added. Anger has been rising in New York on Bloomberg's decision to proceed with the greatest marathon in the world on Sunday, promising that the event, which attracts over 40,000 runners, not divert resources from the storm victims. "If you move to a lifeguard on Staten Island's first response to cover this marathon, I'll scream," said Council of the City of New York James Oddo on his Twitter account. "We have homeless and hopeless right now," he added. Staten Island, which lies just across the bay from New York from Manhattan, home to nearly 500,000 residents, many workers whose families have lived there for generations. In New Jersey, whole districts of coastal towns were washed away and the Atlantic City boardwalk was destroyed. At least 13 people died in the state and the cost is not only financial, but also emotional.


"There is nothing more precious to people that their houses.'s Where their families are, memories and possessions of their lives, and there is also a sense of security at home," said New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, late on Thursday. "That sense of security was breached with water entering the homes of people at high speed and with people having to literally swim, climb and jump for their lives," he said. The financial cost of the storm promises to be outrageous. The company estimates disaster Eqecat estimated that Sandy left insured losses of up to $ 20,000 million and 50,000 million dollars in economic losses , double its previous projection. At the highest point of this range, Sandy would like the fourth costliest disaster in U.S. history , according to the Insurance Information Institute , behind Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the attacks of September 11 2001 and Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Meanwhile, nearly 4.5 million homes and businesses in 15 states in the United States are still without electricity , down from a high of nearly 8.5 million.

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