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NY death toll jumps to 37

Nov. 1: The number of New York City fatalities from Hurricane Sandy jumped to 37 today, including two young boys who were swept from the arms of their mother on Staten Island and found dead at the swampy end of a street, the police said.

The mother, Glenda Moore, told the police that her sons, Connor, 4, and Brandon, 2, were swept away on Monday shortly after 6pm, as the storm arrived. The mother and children had been leaving Staten Island, heading for Brooklyn, as their car was disabled by water, the police said. Moore, 39, exited her car with her two sons, near Father Capodanno Boulevard, when a surge of water caused her to lose grip of her children, the police said.

The two children were found at the end of McLaughlin Street, said Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the New York Police Department. “We just brought the parents into a trailer for the awful duty of identifying their little ones,” Browne said.

The extent of the storm’s destructive force was reflected in government briefings that addressed a sweeping range of loss that included the human toll, power failures, homes sucked into the ocean, ruined businesses, and broken infrastructure and housing.

The storm was blamed for more than 80 deaths in the US, including the 37 in New York City that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced today, updating yesterday’s toll of 24 dead.

Also today, subways, trains and buses started to roll again, cars jockeyed for passengers, and even air travel eased slightly. Bloomberg announced parks and playgrounds would reopen by 8am on Saturday, and public school classes would resume on Monday.

 
 
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