Tropical Storm Sandy has devastated the east coast of the United States, claiming lives, destroying infrastructure and wreaking havoc on one of the world’s most popular tourist cities, New York.
Thousands of holidaymakers have been left stranded, powerless to the whims of the natural disaster that has taken 48 lives thus far, caused over US$20 billion worth of damage and triggered widespread flooding, fires and blackouts.
The Global Business Travel Association estimates the catastrophe could end up costing the city millions of dollars in business travel spending.
“New York is a critical economic centre and global travel hub, and we are extremely concerned about the ramifications of the city being essentially shut down for business travel,” Global Business Travel Association spokesperson Meghan Henning said.
In an update on the city’s response to Sandy, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that even though Hurricane Sandy had officially left the New York area, the path of destruction she left in her wake will be felt for quite some time.
“MTA CEO Joe Lhota has described this as the worst disaster the agency has seen in the 108 years the subways have been running and Con Ed has described the damage done to its power systems as unprecedented in scope,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
All major airports serving the metropolitan area remain closed, as runways are flooded and there are no flights leaving or arriving.
There is no firm timeline for the reactivation of bus or train services and there is extensive flooding in all under-river subway tunnels and subway yards where rail trains are typically stored.
The majority of hospitals, schools and workplaces, including Wall Street have been closed and will remain so for at least the next 24 hours.
Although Sandy has passed through NYC, US President Barack Obama has warned that the Superstorm is far from over, as the cyclone moves northwards toward Canada.
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Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T