US Senate backs long-delayed Superstorm Sandy aid

Sandy's victims have been waiting for three months for their federal government to help them rebuild their lives

A long-delayed $50.5bn aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy has cleared the US Senate.

It comes three months after the storm destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in coastal New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The package, approved by 62 votes to 36, now goes to US President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

Added to flood insurance legislation passed by Congress earlier this month, it brings Sandy aid appropriations to $60.2bn.

All the opposing politicians were Republicans.

But nine Republicans joined Democrats in voting yes to narrowly cross the 60-vote threshold required for passage.