The Hurricane Sandy death toll has risen after search and rescue efforts have continued in New Jersey and New York. Now that some water in N.Y. and N.J. has receded rescue workers have begun the gruesome task of searching for survivors. Unfortunately due to the immense storm surges, several drownings have been reported.
The number of deaths is currently 80, including 12 dead in New Jersey and 38 in New York state. Major flooding and storm surges caused 19 of New York City's deaths to be from Staten Island, where the storm trapped many in basements. As the rescuers reach more homes, the death toll may increase.
Horrific details have also emerged as a mother of two young boys lost grasp of her sons while trying to escape Staten Island. Her sons, 2 years old and 4 years old, were swept away by a water surge. Rescuers found their lifeless bodies at the end of a flooded street. The material items lost in the storm can be replaced and homes can be rebuilt, but these little boys are gone forever.
Rescue crews particularly on Staten Island have found numerous drownings, including an elderly couple in their car. New York and New Jersey are filled with intense sadness, but residents along the east coast have one thing in common. Resilience become even stronger after a disaster, and this is a perfect example of how strong folks in N.J. and N.Y. really are.
Hopefully rescuers can find everyone in time that are trapped in homes, and the Hurricane Sandy death toll does not rise further.