Superstorm Sandy smashes US eastern coast

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Firefighters try to distinguish the fire at Breezy Point in the New York City borough of Queens, Oct. 30, 2012. [Xinhua]

A huge fire burned about 80 to 100 houses in a flooded community in Queens of New York city on Tuesday, leaving three people injured.

Surging waters driven by the fury of superstorm Sandy breached a levee in the state of New Jersey on Tuesday, forcing evacuations, local authorities said.

Obama on Tuesday called 13 governors and seven mayors from across the storm affected area, to express his concern for residents who have been and continue to be impacted by Sandy and his sadness over the loss of lives, said the White House.

Earlier Monday morning, he has got updated about superstorm Sandy's track and impact in the White House. The president told his team that the top priority was to "make sure all available resources are being provided to state and local responders as quickly as possible."

Obama also urged Americans to continue to follow the direction and advice of local officials, governors and mayors.

Heading into the final week before Election Day, U.S. President Barack Obama has to cancel Wednesday's campaign events in order to focus on the rescue and response efforts for deadly and devastating superstorm Sandy, said the White House spokesman on Tuesday.


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