Hurricane Sandy is a late-season tropical cyclone formed near Jamaica on October 24, 2012. After wreaking havoc and killing 67 people across the Caribbean and Cuba, the "superstorm" made landfall on the northeastern coast of the United States, becoming one of the biggest storms ever to hit the nation. It has affected some 50 million North Americans. As of November 6, it had killed at least 113 in the US, damaged thousands of homes, caused fires, power outages and oil spills.
Rock concert for Sandy victims raises US$23m
The US network NBC said its benefit concert for superstorm Sandy victims drew nearly US$23 million in donations to the American Red Cross.
Friday's hour-long telethon included performances by artists native to the areas hardest-hit by Sandy, including New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel, of New York's Long Island.
Others who took part in the special included Sting, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Tina Fey and Jon Stewart.
The telethon's mood was sombre but hopeful, from Aguilera's Beautiful to Bon Jovi's Livin' on a Prayer.
Bon Jovi had to cut short a tour of Britain to return to his home state. "I need to be with my people. Thankfully, my family are safe," he told Britain's Daily Mail.
Pledges made by phone and online totalled US$22.9 million.