Hurricane Sandy's economic toll is poised to exceed $20 billion after the biggest Atlantic storm slammed into the Eastern U.S., damaging homes and offices and flooding subways in America's most populated city.
Sandy, spanning 900 miles, slammed into southern New Jersey at about 8 p.m. local time and brought a record storm surge of 13.88 feet (4.2 meters) into Manhattan's Battery Park. Flooding, high winds and fallen trees cut power to about 8 million customers from South Carolina to Maine, and travelers were stranded as U.S. airlines grounded more than 16,000 flights. U.S. stock trading closed in the first back-to- back shutdown for weather since 1888. Over 50 deaths have been attributed to the storm and thousands have been rendered homeless.
The storm may cut economic output by $25 billion in the fourth quarter, according to Gregory Daco, a U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight in Lexington, Massachusetts. He said that could reduce the annual pace of growth to between 1 percent and 1.5 percent from his earlier estimate of 1.6 percent.
After direct engagement with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and scores of VOAD agencies, UNITED SIKHS has initiated a call for warm clothing, blankets, diapers, baby formula, hygiene supplies and cleaning supplies. Also due to the closure of markets and stores there is an urgent need for fresh and hot meals as well as water.
UNITED SIKHS First Response Team is in direct contact with shelters to assess needs and Gurdwaras to facilitate the preparation of the hot meals and is also in coordination with the Red Cross. We urgently need volunteers to administer the distribution of supplies and meals and the preparation of the hot meals.
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