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Obama declares 'major disaster' in New York, New Jersey and North Carolina

President Obama yesterday declared a major disaster in the states of New York, New Jersey and North Carolina following the destruction left behind by Hurricane Irene.

The declaration makes federal funding available to individuals in affected counties as well as at a state and local government level.

Some private non-profit organisations could also receive funds on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Irene.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.

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