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Sandy plunges New York into darkness, at least 13 dead

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New York: Superstorm Sandy made landfall along the coast of Southern New Jersey today bringing hurricane-force winds and heavy rains to a wide swath of the US East Coast, officials said.

Floods inundated large number of areas, leaving nearly three million people out of electricity. Some parts of Manhattan also experienced power cuts.

It also flooded ground-zero.

In the New York City a crane associated with a high rose building under construction collapsed.

A 30-year-old man was killed by a falling tree in Queens, a borough of New York City, according to the fire department spokesman Frank Dwyer.

There was also report of collapse of façade of a building in Manhattan.

One of the largest and fiercest storms to menace the East Coast in years, in the initial hours as the superstorm with a reach that spanned nearly 1000 miles, swamped coastal towns, several areas in New York and New Jersey registering a record level of rainfall and shut down major transportation arteries.

The John F Kennedy airport in New York City and other airports in the region have been shut down with more than 13,000 flights being cancelled from the airports in the storm affected areas.

Emergency has been declared in more than a dozen States of the United States and is affecting more than 50 million people along the entire East Coast from North Carolina to New Hampshire.

The US President, Barack Obama, cancelled his election campaign schedule mid-way and rushed back to the White House to personally monitor the situation.

Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger to November 6 presidential elections has also cancelled his campaign.

PTI

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