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New Yorkers are still struggling during what is expected to be a long road to recovery thanks to Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast as a tropical cyclone, last week.

Up to 40,000 New Yorkers have been left homeless in Sandy’s aftermath, and the city is bracing for a cold front dropping temperatures to 30 degrees.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed the numbers during a post-Sandy update Sunday (Nov. 4). “The magnitude of the problem is we think we could have something between 30,000 and 40,000 people that we’re going to have to find housing for,” he said.

Despite the monumental task, Bloomberg assured the public that the city is “working on it.”

As it gets colder, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stressed that the task makes for a “massive housing problem.”

Roughly 145,000 households in New York City were still without power as of yesterday, 86,000 of which were in Queens, 20,000 in Brooklyn, 12,000 on Staten Island, and 7,000 in Manhattan.

While Sandy has brought out the good side of people, there are also those looking to profit off of the need for shelter. Amid complaints that hotels in the city were raising prices after the storm, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched an investigation into the matter.

Click below to see photos of destroyed homes around New York.


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