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Rescue work on after Sandy's DESTRUCTION

Last updated on: October 31, 2012 11:35 IST

Rescue work on after Sandy's DESTRUCTION

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Rescue workers began evacuating stranded residents from flooded neighbourhoods after Sandy, the most devastating megastorm in decades, hit the densely populated United States east coast region, even as President Barack Obama warned that the storm was "not yet over".

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Image: -Rescue workers patrol a flooded street at Hoboken in New Jersey
Photographs: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

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The storm hit the east coast with fierce force, killing nearly 50 people across seven US states, plunging millions of homes into darkness and leaving the New York Stock Exchange shut for two straight days for the first time since 1888. Many of the victims were killed by falling trees, Fox News said.

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Image: US President Barack Obama talks about the damage done by Hurricane Sandy and rescue efforts while in the Disaster Operations Centre at the National Red Cross Headquarters
Photographs: Larry Downing/Reuters

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Describing the crisis triggered by superstorm Sandy as "heartbreaking", Obama warned the storm was "not yet over".

"This storm is not yet over," Obama said during his trip to the headquarters of the American Red Cross in Washington.

Obama drove down to the Red Cross office headquarters to review rescue and recovery operation and said the federal government would push hard to provide resources to the states badly hit by Sandy.

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Image: Members of the Coast Guard assist one of the sailors to the runway at the Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The US Coast Guard rescued 14 of the 16 crew members who abandoned the HMS Bounty off North Carolina in rough seas caused by Hurricane Sandy
Photographs: Reuters

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According to a White House statement, Obama will travel to New Jersey to have a personal assessment of the devastation and take stock of the situation on the ground. The trail of destruction left by the monster storm prompted President Obama to declare it a "major disaster" in New York and New Jersey.

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Image: An emergency personnel lifts an elderly resident out of a rescue boat to dry land away from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey
Photographs: Adam Hunger/Reuters

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New York and New Jersey combined together has one of the largest concentrations of Indian-Americans in the US. Quite a number of Indian-Americans, particularly in New Jersey, had to leave their homes and had to be evacuated after their houses were flooded.

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Image: Rescue workers use a hovercraft to rescue a wheelchair-bound resident from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy
Photographs: Adam Hunger/Reuters

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Recovery efforts took off late on Tuesday night. The number of people shivering without power fell below 7 million, down from nearly 8 million reported earlier in the day across 15 states and the District of Columbia.

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Image: A rescue worker carries a young girl to safety from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy
Photographs: Adam Hunger/Reuters

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Two of the New York area's major airports, John F Kennedy and Newark Liberty, were set to reopen on Wednesday together with the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Exchange, which had been suspended since Monday in the markets' first closure since the 9/11 attacks of 2001, officials said.

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Image: Residents are rescued by emergency personnel from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy
Photographs: Adam Hunger/Reuters

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