Sandy damages 9/11 memorial in New York

2012-11-01 09:59
The New York skyline is dark in this view from Jersey City, New Jersey the morning after superstorm Sandy made landfall. (File, AP)

The New York skyline is dark in this view from Jersey City, New Jersey the morning after superstorm Sandy made landfall. (File, AP)

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New York - Superstorm Sandy inflicted "extensive" damage on the National September 11 Memorial, built at the World Trade Centre site in New York to honour those killed in the 2001 attacks, an official said Wednesday.

The memorial's chief executive Joe Daniels said the site had suffered "extensive impacts" due to "serious flooding" at the foundation level of the World Trade Centre, where a museum is currently under construction.

Flooding also hit the visitor centre and other facilities.

Daniels vowed to perform the necessary repairs and re-open the memorial "as soon as possible".

Ground Zero is in southern Manhattan, the New York City sector worst hit by floodwaters. Electricity is still out in the area.

At the memorial site, two reflecting pools sit in the footprints of the Twin Towers; bronze panels along the edges of the pools bear the names of victims of the 9/11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing.

The site was inaugurated during the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which killed nearly 3 000 people in New York, at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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