Obama declares 'major disaster' after Sandy

2012-10-30 13:00

Washington - US President Barack Obama declared that megastorm Sandy had triggered "major disaster" in the states of New York and New Jersey and freed up federal aid for those who lost homes or businesses.

The declaration came after the massive storm battered the US East Coast, flooding lower Manhattan and coastal New Jersey and leaving millions of people across the densely populated eastern seaboard without power.

At least 12 people were killed in several states by falling trees and other storm hazards, with the toll likely to rise as rescue teams survey the damage.

The disaster declaration makes federal funding available for individuals, including grants and loans for temporary housing and home repairs.

Obama spent Monday at the White House overseeing the response to the disaster, taking a day off from the campaign trail a week before the 6 November presidential election.

His Republican rival Mitt Romney also cancelled some campaign appearances in response to the storm.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-30 13:08

    it's amazing how things happen when a politician is motivated. wish the same would happen here.

  • zithobiles.x - 2012-10-30 13:21

    God be with u United States of America, never seen this in my life. World they need our prayers they r part of our human race.

  • Jakkals Venter - 2012-10-30 13:28

    I was just wondering how would South Africa handle a disaster like Sandy if it would happen to us?

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-30 13:42

      Scary Thought Jakkals .We Battle to Sort out Alexandra when it floods.

      davekay46 - 2012-10-30 13:48

      It easy..the anc would blame the past for the disaster and zuma would get more upgrades to his R260 million rand home to protect him from the flooding....what else could this government really do...?

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-10-30 13:50

      i suspect they would launch a probe a probe to "find out where duz these weather things come from"

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-10-30 14:00

      Politics aside, South Africa can handle any disastrous situation. RSA showed that in Mozambique before.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-30 13:43

    Mr. POTUS, We have a surplus of unemployed here in RSA, please will you take a million or so to assist in your clean-up after Sandy.

      jason.heineberg - 2012-10-30 13:51

      And then they strike, and attack law enforcement?

      Shaun Daly - 2012-10-30 13:57

      @ Jason: The police in the states are head and shoulders above the SAPS. As soon as they started toi toing with pangas or other weapons theyd be gassed, water cannoned and summarily arrested.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-30 13:58

      Jason, I did not mention race on purpose, Only trying to find a million or so jobs for unemployed. But seeing you mention it I shall be very selective.

      jason.heineberg - 2012-10-30 14:24

      Ummmm, are you assuming striking and disregard for the law is a racial issue? I didn't mention it either...

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-30 14:46

      LOL OK Jason I concede on that one.

  • Jeremy - 2012-10-30 14:03

    One area where SA actually seems to be ahead of the USA (and I'm not joking) is in electricity provision. The last I heard was that 4 million on the US eastern seaboard were without power - and the pictures invariably show powerlines brought down by falling trees. We may have our problems here, but even we aren't stupid enough to allow our powerlines to be at the mercy of falling trees. Cable theft maybe - but not falling trees!

      gareth.coats - 2012-10-30 14:29

      It's had for a tree that's been chopped for firewood to fall on anything!

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-10-30 15:36

      Let’s just hope 177KM per hour winds never prove you wrong. This is not a Jozi summer storm, it’s a natural disaster.

      judith.taylor.56 - 2012-10-30 16:17

      I assume you're being sarcastic?

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-30 16:23

      Don't agree with you, Jeremy. Either way we we are probably behind almost every country with our erratic power supply - trees and thieves

  • sarel.seemonster.925 - 2012-10-30 15:07

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, American friends.

  • jeevadotnet - 2012-10-30 16:15

    LOL. From 'superstorm' to 'megastorm' .... this is just a category 1 hurricane people! With an incoming low pressure "northeastern" from Canada, fueling it on a little bit. Nothing biggy! and FAR FAR FAR from a superstorm, let alone a megastorm. Media sensation at its very best again.

  • sean.kedian - 2012-10-30 16:22

    More of a disaster than him as president???

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