Obama cancels campaigning due to Sandy

2012-10-31 01:33:50 GMT2012-10-31 09:33:50(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

On Wednesday U.S. President Barack Obama canceled all campaign events due to Hurricane "Sandy" making landfall on the East Coast.

The Democratic candidate was to hold a meeting with voters in Ohio, but decided to stay in Washington to coordinate the actions of the government forces in the aftermath of the disaster.

Obama said his priority now is the early transfer of resources to local authorities.

Meanwhile, rival Mitt Romney, said that his campaign will resume on Wednesday in Florida.

According to his press office the Republican is in Ohio, where he opened an endowment fund to victims of the hurricane.

Earlier, Romney said that he considers it necessary to cut funding for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Storm-related death toll in northeast U.S. exceeds 40

Hurricane Sandy has killed so far 48 people in seven northeast U.S. states. New York City was the worst hit with at least ten people reported dead, according to New York Mayor Michel Bloomberg.

The total storm-related death toll in the state of New York is 17. Three people were killed in Pennsylvania and three in New Jersey.

One of the reactors at the Salem 1 nuclear power plant in New Jersey was shut down because of the storm after four of its six coolant pumps stopped working.

Earlier, Sandy claimed more than 60 lives in the Caribbean.

At least 10 storm dead in New York

At least 10 people were killed when superstorm Sandy hit New York, city mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday.

"Tragically we expect that number to go up," Bloomberg warned at a press conference. Authorities had previously said there was one fatality from the storm which hit Monday night.

More than 8.1 million homes and businesses were left without electric power across the eastern United States Tuesday with superstorm Sandy still moving across the region, the US government said.

The most extensive outages were reported in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania where millions were plunged in darkness by the storm, the US Department of Energy said.

(Agencies)

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