New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said 37 New Yorkers had lost their lives due to Hurricane Sandy, and warned that the death toll was likely to rise even further in the coming days.
Sending out condolences for those who had lost their loved ones, Bloomberg said new steps were being taken to provide food for those who are in most need.
"I will be joining Governor Cuomo and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at the Manhattan entrance of the Hugh Carey Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel to survey the damage there and discuss next steps for the recovery," Bloomberg said.
He said that authorities would begin distributing thousands of bottles of water and pre-prepared meals at a number of locations in hard-hit areas, while AT&T would set up Wi-fi centres near distribution centres and said that steps are being taken to get phone lines working.
The city faced heavy traffic congestion on Thursday, hence entry of vehicles to the city has been restricted. “Yesterday, as you know, I issued an order restricting auto traffic into Manhattan on the four East River bridges during the busiest hours of the day and night to vehicles carrying at least three people," Bloomberg said.
He said that while it is sad that so many have lost their lives, the authorities have to make sure that the city has a future. "New York’s recovery is underway. New York is starting to build again," he said.