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Sandy death toll hits 80

  • The death toll from Sandy continues to rise as the northeastern coast of the United States attempts to recover from one of the biggest storms to hit the country.

    More than 80 people are now known to have been killed, with 37 in New York City alone.

    The number of dead in the U.S. has surpassed the toll from the Caribbean, where 69 people were killed by Sandy, which hit the northeastern seaboard on Monday.

    According to forecasting firm Eqecat, the storm is expected to cost the U.S. $50 billion, double its previous estimate.

    Around 4.6 million people in the region are still without power.

    Meanwhile in New York, limited subway services resumed on Thursday, though four of the seven train tunnels under the East river remain flooded.

    In a bid to ease congestion, fares on commuter trains, subways and buses have been temporarily waived.

    Emergency crews continue to work to reach the worst hit areas while the National Guard is helping with evacuations and meal distributions.