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Hurricane Sandy Death Toll 41 In New York City, Hard Hit Staten Island Accounts For Nearly Half

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HURRICANE SANDY DEATH TOLL
A hot tub lies in a pile of debris on Nov. 1 in the Ocean Breeze area of the Staten Island borough of New York City. Most homes in the seaside community were inundated by the ocean surge caused by superstorm Sandy. | Getty Images

The death toll from Hurricane Sandy continues to rise, according to the NYPD press office. Four more bodies were discovered on Coney Island on Thursday, and on Friday the death toll in New York City rose to 41.

Meanwhile the death toll in the United States and Canada has climbed to almost 100, in addition to the 69 deaths reported in the Caribbean, according to The New York Times.

In New York, the loss of life on Staten Island has been especially high. The borough, which has fewer than 500,000 inhabitants, according to the 2010 Census, has so far accounted for at least 19 of the superstorm's deaths, according to the Staten Island Advance.

On Thursday investigators recovered the bodies of two young boys ripped from their mother's arms when waves crashed into their SUV. Gothamist reports that rescue attempts continue in the region, where crews have have been knocking on doors in thousands of buildings.

More than 600 active-duty members of the New York Fire Department live in the Rockaways, said Sean Johnson, a department spokesman, making the search a personal matter, according to the Times. Search teams from Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia joined local crews on the Staten Island shore, hoping to find survivors and not bodies.

The devastation from Sandy could cost anywhere from $30 billion to $50 billion in damages.

If you or some you know is need of food, water or other emergency assistance, please call 311. Visit nyc.gov for a list of NYC food and water distribution locations.

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