Number of dead and reported missing grows to more than 4,000
Thursday, September 13th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
NEW YORK (AP) _ The number of dead and those reported missing in Tuesday's suicide attacks grew to more than 4,000 Thursday as authorities scrambled to unearth the dead and track down the living.
Though untold bodies were still buried in the rubble of the World Trade Center, some rough counts had begun to emerge.
Speaking on ABC's ``Good Morning America,'' New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said Thursday morning that the confirmed death toll in the World Trade Center had grown to ninety-four. He said 3,700 people had been reported missing.
At the Pentagon, the military services said about 150 people _ mostly Army soldiers _ were unaccounted for. And 266 passengers and crew perished on the four planes that were hijacked and destroyed in the terror attacks.
With too many people missing for an accurate count to begin in New York, authorities began a frantic search for the names of confirmed survivors so they could begin to guess the number of dead. Giuliani said the city had some 30,000 body bags available to hold the pieces taken from the rubble.
``Let's just say there was a steady stream of body bags coming out all night,'' said Dr. Todd Wider, a surgeon who was working at a triage center. ``That and lots and lots of body parts.''
Among the missing in New York: about 300 firefighters and personnel and 60 NYPD and Port Authority police officers.
Separately, The New York Times reported that three financial companies with offices in the complex said more than 1,500 workers were unaccounted for, and Gov. George Pataki said nearly 200 state government workers and an unknown number of private-sector employees couldn't be located. An estimated 38 members of a Manhattan management company were missing, as were some of the 900 people employed by the state Attorney General's Office in a building near the World Trade Center.
It was unclear how those reports overlapped with the 3,700 missing persons reports.
Operators at the New York mayor's hot line were compiling the names of the missing and providing relatives with information about patients at city hospitals.
Two Web sites listed thousands of names of people who worked or lived near the disaster.
``If you have survived the World Trade Center attack or know someone who has, please add their name to our list,'' said a message on http://www.ny.com. It asked users to note the survivors' conditions.
A similar Web site also was established by Battery Park City, a residential complex near the World Trade Center.
About 300 state workers and more than 3,000 employees of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey worked in the towers.
There was some good news from the towers' largest tenant, the Morgan Stanley firm, which employed 3,500 people on 20 floors in both towers.
``It certainly looks like the vast majority of our people got out, and we are fortunate,'' said Ira Miller, Morgan Stanley's branch manager in Rochester, N.Y.