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Storm Sandy: Barack Obama warns of long road to recovery

3 November 2012 Last updated at 22:24 GMT

Barack Obama has warned it will be a long, hard road to recovery for the communities struck by storm Sandy.

Across the US East Coast, some 3.5 million homes and businesses still have no electricity, four days after the storm made landfall.

This year's New York City marathon has been cancelled in light of the devastation caused.

The Obama administration also ordered the purchase of up to 12 million gallons (45 million litres) of petrol and up to 10 million gallons of diesel for areas affected by Sandy.

Alastair Leithead reports on the clean-up in New York.