More deaths from superstorm Sandy

2012-10-30 19:52
A patient is wheeled to an ambulance in the rain during an evacuation of New York University Tisch Medical in New York. (John Minchillo, AP)

A patient is wheeled to an ambulance in the rain during an evacuation of New York University Tisch Medical in New York. (John Minchillo, AP)

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New York - The death toll from superstorm Sandy has risen to 30 in the mainland United States and Canada, and was expected to climb further as several people were still missing, officials said on Tuesday.

Officials in the states of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina all reported deaths from the massive storm system, while Toronto police said a Canadian woman was killed by flying debris.

Sandy had already killed at least 67 people - including a US national in Puerto Rico - as it swept through the Caribbean over the past few days, meaning the overall toll from the storm is now approaching 100.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reported 15 storm-related deaths at a news briefing, including at least 10 killed when Sandy struck New York City.

"Tragically we expect that number to go up," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned.

Three people died in New Jersey, including two parents who were killed when a falling tree crushed their car, sparing their children aged 11 and 14 who were inside with them, Governor Chris Christie said.

Christie added that rescue operations were still under way, with three separate teams deployed in Atlantic City, the coastal casino town near where the storm made landfall at 00:00 GMT Tuesday.

Another four people were killed in Pennsylvania, including one killed from a falling tree and another when a house collapsed, emergency management officials told AFP.

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy on Tuesday said two people had been killed in his state, including a firefighter, and two others were missing.

Gale-force wind

Elsewhere along the East Coast, a woman on board a replica of the HMS Bounty was recovered from the sea and later died at hospital. The captain was still missing on Tuesday after the tall ship went down off the Carolinas.

A vehicle driver and his passenger were killed in the Virginia state capital of Richmond in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday, city police said in a statement. The driver lost control of his car in heavy rain and slammed into a light pole, then struck a tree, city police said.

A woman in Maryland died after her vehicle hydroplaned into a tree, officials said.

And in West Virginia, a 48-year-old woman was killed when her car collided with a cement truck while driving through heavy snow caused by the storm, a local official said.

The National Hurricane Centre said Sandy had weakened early on Tuesday as it moved inland, but could still generate gale-force winds and flooding along the eastern seaboard.

US authorities had warned the threat to life and property was "unprecedented" and ordered hundreds of thousands of residents from New England to North Carolina to evacuate their homes and seek shelter.

Falling trees dragged down power cables, plunging millions of homes into darkness, while storm warnings cut rail links and marooned tens of thousands of travellers at airports across the region.

Disaster estimating firm Eqecat forecast that the massive storm would affect more than 60 million Americans, a fifth of the population, and cause up to $20bn in damage.

- SAPA
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