1 Nov 2012

President to resume election campaign

9:27 pm on 1 November 2012

President Barack Obama is resuming his election campaign which was suspended in the aftermath of a super-storm that has wreaked havoc in the north-eastern United States.

At least 64 people have been killed after Sandy made landfall in the US on Tuesday, cutting power to millions and paralysing transport on much of the eastern seaboard including New York.

Almost half the deaths were in New York State and 22 fatalities were confirmed in the city.

Earlier, Sandy killed nearly 70 people in the Caribbean and caused extensive crop destruction in impoverished Haiti.

On Wednesday, Mr Obama visited areas New Jersey which was hard hit by the storm.

He has planned campaign stops on Thursday in Nevada, Colorado and Wisconsin.

His Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, has been holding rallies after halting his campaign earlier in the week.

The election will be held on 6 November.