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New York picks up pieces after Sandy

11-01-2012 15:40 BJT Special Report:Hurricane Sandy slams US |

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By CCTV correspondent Karina Huber

In New York City there’s still a clear divide between those with and without basic services, with the main factor being whereabouts in the city people live.

The Seward Park High School is usually filled with students. Now it’s filled with evacuees - humans and pets - from lower Manhattan seeking shelter after being hit by blackouts and other disruptions caused by ’Superstorm Sandy.’

This mother and daughter have spent two nights in the shelter.

"When I woke up there was no water. So I said, you know, you better get out of here and you know, go somewhere."

Tae Kim, who has trouble sleeping, spent her first night in the shelter on Tuesday.

Tae Kim, evacuee, said,"All kinds of noise, somebody coughing, baby crying, but I say I have to go through. I cannot picky, you know. I appreciate people letting me stay like this in this situation. So thank God. I love America."Roughly 375,000 people were ordered to evacuate New York City’s flood-prone zones-most of them in lower Manhattan. More than 6,400 of them have sought haven in the city’s shelters to get basic things like a bed and warm meal.

Most homes in lower Manhattan are without power and lack hot water. Few restaurants or stores are open and modes of communication like the internet and cell phone service are down for many.

Wakiem Logan says he’s never before experienced anything like this.

Wakiem Logan, lower Manhattan resident, said,"Like this No. Never. This is the first. This is the first and hopefully Mother Nature - it will be the last."

Uptown feels a world away. Apple’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue was packed on Wednesday. The restaurants were open for business. There were virtually no cell phone disruptions and there was a sea of lights.'Superstorm Sandy’ has made a clear divide between the ’haves’ and ’have- nots.’ But many of Manhattan’s poshest areas like Tribeca and the West Village are in the "have-not" category. Sandy may have been brutal but she did not discriminate.

Karina Huber, New York, said,"The divide between upper and lower."

 

 

 

Editor:Qin Xue |Source: CCTV.com

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