The American Red Cross said it regrets not responding sooner to areas on the U.S. East Coast hardest hit by superstorm Sandy and is working aggressively to distribute food, water and other supplies to victims across New York and New Jersey.
The privately funded organisation blamed flooding and other infrastructure problems for its slow response to the storm, which has killed more than 110 people and caused billions in property damage.
– Roger Lowe, American Red Cross
Do we wish we could have been there sooner? You bet.
When you have 8 million people in need, with roads that are damaged, infrastructure broken down, flooding everywhere, we can't be there that fast.
And we feel bad about that.