In United States, the icy streets in the capital remained largely deserted on the first work day after a mammoth blizzard smothered the East Coast. Schools and the federal government remained closed as people dug their cars and doorways out from mountains of snow.

The storm was blamed for at least 33 deaths as it slammed a dozen states from Friday into early Sunday. Many of them were people who suffered heart attacks while shoveling, or were killed on icy roads, though several died of carbon monoxide poisoning trying to keep warm in their

cars or homes.

Washington's subway and bus network resumed service yesterday but on a very limited basis. Limited flight operations resumed from Washington's Reagan National and Dulles International airports.

More than 56 centimetres of snow paralysed Washington, while the 68 centimetres that fell in New York's Central Park was the second highest accumulation since records began in 1869

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