Confirmed: Hurricane Sandy death toll climbs to 58

The death toll following the passage of Hurricane Sandy has climbed even further in the Caribbean as it bears down on the US main land.

According to officials at least 58 people are now dead with Haiti accounting for the highest casualties with 44 and 12 other people now missing. Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas were directly, however Haiti has sustained the most damage as continuous rain has fell since October 23 as Haitian PM Laurent Lamothe describing the situation as a disaster of major proportions, "The whole South is under water" he informed. As Hurricane Sandy approaches the US East Coast it is expected to become a 'Super Storm'.

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