200 Indians caught in Houston flooding being evacuated

RSTV Bureau

At least 200 Indian students stranded at the University of Houston due to “catastrophic” flooding after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas were being evacuated to safer places, authorities said.

The students were being provided food and other supplies by the Indian-American community in the area.

India’s Consul-General in Houston Anupam Ray has been in touch with the students and monitoring the evacuation process.

Two students, Shalini and Nikhil Bhatia are said to be critical. According to Swaraj both of them were being treated in the ICU.

Anupam Ray, Consul General of India in Houston said he was monitoring the situation and was in touch with the Indian students. Efforts were on to make food available for the stranded students.

 

Harvey, the most powerful hurricane to hit the US in 13 years, has left a trail of destruction as it swept through Texas after making landfall on Saturday, pummelling the region with heavy rains and claiming at least five lives.

The National Weather Service of the US has called the flooding in Texas “unprecedented”. “Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days,” the service said in a statement.

Sewa International Houston – along with several other Indian-American community organisations – have teamed up to provide food and shelter to the affected people.

Major Indian organisations such as the India Cultural Centre, the India House, the Indo-American Charity Foundation and the Indo-American Political Action Committee have decided to coordinate their relief efforts through Sewa International.