Scope of Sandy destruction widens


From New York City's Staten Island to the popular beach towns of the Jersey Shore, rescuers and officials today faced growing evidence of widespread destruction wrought by superstorm Sandy, mounting anger over delayed relief and a rising death toll.

The total killed in one of the biggest storms to hit the United States jumped by a third yesterday alone, to 98. In New York City, 40 people have been found dead, half of them in Staten Island, which was overrun by a wall of water on Monday.

Among the dead in Staten Island were two brothers, aged two and four, who were swept from their mother's arms after her car stalled in rising flood waters. Their bodies were found near each other in a marshy area yesterday.

US secretary of homeland security Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) deputy administrator Richard Serino planned to visit Staten Island today amid angry claims by some survivors that the borough had been ignored.

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