New York: New York confronted a growing housing crisis with tens of thousands left homeless by superstorm Sandy as temperatures plunged and giant queues built up for fuel.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg estimated that 30,000-40,000 houses in the city alone had been left unusable by Monday's storm.
Sandy pummelled 15 states with fierce winds and a huge tidal surge that left at least 109 dead in the United States and Canada and tens of billions of dollars of damage.
"It is starting to get cold, people are in homes that are uninhabitable," New York state governor Andrew Cuomo told a press conference. "We are going to have tens of thousands of people who need housing solutions right away."
"This is going to be a massive, massive housing problem," the governor added.
"I don't know that anybody has ever taken this number of people and found housing overnight," the under-pressure New York mayor said.
Tens of thousands fled New Orleans because of the storm and found shelter in other cities, "in this case people are staying in New York City and it's a challenge for us," a news channel said.

More than 200,000 meals are already being handed out each day to the elderly and other needy victims in New York. The city is again lying on special buses and urging the homeless to go to emergency evacuation centers that remain open.
Poorer parts of the city, including the Rockaway and Staten Island districts were worst hit by the storm and Bloomberg was the target of expletive-laden rants by inhabitants when he went there.    

Bloomberg called off today's New York international marathon because of protests about the diversion of resources to the event with so many suffering. Many of the 45,000 contestants descended on Central Park today to run part of the course.
The crisis remains acute in New Jersey where at least one million people were still without electricity and fuel shortages forced Governor Chris Christie to introduce rationing.
About 730,000 people in New York State still do not have electricity nearly one week after Sandy hit, including 145,000 in New York City, the governor said.
Nassau County, one of the wealthiest parts of the United States, is now worst hit in the state however with 266,000 people still in the dark.


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