Hurricane Harvey: 200 Indian students marooned in University of Texas in neck deep water; Sushma Swaraj rushes in help

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New Delhi | Updated: August 28, 2017 10:58:02 PM

The Indian Consul General at Houston has informed the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj that at least 200 Indian students were trapped in the Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey, Sushma Swaraj, US, University of HoustonSushma Swaraj says Indian students of the University of Houston are trapped in neck deep water. (AP)

The Indian Consul General at Houston has informed the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj that at least 200 Indian students were trapped in the Hurricane Harvey. Taking to social network site Twitter, the minister said that the Indian students of the University of Houston are trapped in neck deep water. “CGHoust has informed me that 200 Indian students at the University of Houston are marooned. They are surrounded by neck deep water,” the minister informed in her tweet today.

She further said that the Indian officials made efforts to deliver food but were not allowed by the US coast guard as the boats were needed for rescue operations. Sushma Swaraj also informed that two Indian students Shalini and Nikhil Bhatia have been admitted in the ICU and efforts are being done to ensure that their relatives reach them on time, she added.

“Indian students Shalini and Nikhil Bhatia are in ICU. We are ensuring that their relatives reach there at the earliest”, the minister said further in series of tweets.

Earlier, as per Associated Press report, rescuers brought out hundreds of people from flood waters, answering help calls in the Texas coastline where there are reports of at least two people were killed and at least 14 injured due to the hurricane.

According to the  Houston Chronicle report, the police also evacuated residents from two apartment complexes in the Greenspoint neighbourhood, rescuing at least 50 children from the rising water. In Port Aransas, authorities were not able to survey the town fully because of the huge damage. Police could only make it to the northern most street.“I can tell you I have a very bad feeling and that’s about it,” the Associated Press quoted Mayor Charles Bujan as saying.

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