Over 62 people killed across US in winter storm

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Buffalo in New York amongst the worst hit with over 28 people dead and thousands stuck inside their houses without electricity 

A deadly winter storm that has battered North America since December 23, has resulted in the death of over 62 people across nine states. The storm is being referred to as one of the worst storms ever to hit the continent after several parts of the US have witnessed plummeting temperatures, strong winds, and heavy snowfall.   

According to a report in the BBC on Tuesday, December 27, Buffalo, the second largest city in the United States was one of the worst hit with over 28 people dead. The authorities now expect the death toll to rise in the coming days, as search operations are under way.  

According to a quote in the report by Byron Brown, Buffalo´s Mayor, some people are still trapped for more than two days. Brown described the condition in Buffalo as “probably the worst storm of their lifetime”.  

Officials now say that the weather conditions are expected to improve with a forecast of light snowfall on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has approved an emergency declaration for the New York State, that would allow for federal support. A statement made by Biden in a tweet about the storm said, “My heart is with those who lost loved ones this holiday weekend”.  

U.S. authorities have also reported cases of looting in parts of Buffalo and said that four people have been arrested so far.  

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