New York, USA – According to Philippine Consul General to New York Mario de Leon, basic services like electricity and water are still the main problem of OFWs in the areas that are most hit by super typhoon Sandy in United States of America.
De Leon added that most of the Filipino communities complained about lack of portable water and power outage especially in Connecticut and also in Long Island in New York.
Most of the Filipino-Americans were affected by heavy flooding and were evacuated. They are still checking on how many Filipinos were actually in evacuation centers.
“We are still in a stage of determining numbers. What we have done so far is identify where they are. We know that in Long Island, for instance, particularly in the Long Beach area there are Filipinos there who are sleeping in evacuation centers. Also in the Bronx, in the Island City there are some who sought refuge in friends’ homes and also homes of relatives. These are Filipinos who live in low-lying flood prone areas,” de Leon said.
On the latest news, the weather has improved in New York and more people can be seen walking the streets. However, Subway is still not available. It will be restored about 3 to 4 days.
Authorities have shifted from search and rescue to clearing and restoration operations.
In Maryland, state of calamity has been lifted. most of the bridges and roads have been reopened in Maryland and in some parts of Pennsylvania and Delaware.
The storm made landfall along the coast of New Jersey last Monday evening, bringing heavy rains and strong winds. It has so far claimed over 40 lives and damages could amount to billions of dollars.
The flooding shut down major transportation systems as well as offices and small businesses that hurt the livelihood of many people.