The leading cause of death during
The report, which analyzed 117 storm-related deaths, comes amid a
In its mortality analysis, the CDC examined deaths related to Sandy that had been documented by the
Of those deaths caused directly by the storm, 40 involved drowning, while 19 involved trauma from being crushed, cut or struck. Roughly half of those who drowned died in their own homes, in or near Evacuation Zone A in New York. The report noted that the remaining drowning deaths occurred outside the home and that one involved a person who was intentionally swimming off a storm-affected beach.
"Hurricane-related drowning deaths in evacuation zones are preventable," the report stated. "A successful evacuation depends on officials providing timely messaging to all affected persons, on persons receiving messages and on persons having the capacity, resources and willingness to evacuate."
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