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Houston flood: 200 Indian students stranded; 2 in ICU, says Sushma Swaraj

Swaraj said Indian consulate general is reaching out to them to provide help

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

All Houston port facilities will be closed on Monday because of the weather threat, a port spokeswoman said on Sunday night. Photo: Reuters
Harvey, the most powerful hurricane to hit the US in 13 years, left a trail of destruction. Photo: Reuters

At least 200 were stranded at the University of Houston after the campus was flooded due to Hurricane Harvey, External Affairs Minister said on Monday.

The minister said that two Indian students, Shalini and Nikhil Bhatia, are admitted in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and that the Indian consulate general is reaching out to them to provide help.

More details on the students are awaited.

"@CGHoust has informed me that 200 at University of Houston are marooned. They are surrounded by neck deep water," she tweeted.

The Indian side made efforts for delivery of food but the did not allow them as boats were required for rescue operations, Swaraj said in a series of tweets.

She said the MEA was ensuring that the relatives of the hospitalised students reach the health facility at the earliest.

"Mr. Anupam Ray our CG (Consul General) Houston is organising the rescue operations," she tweeted.

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

First Published: Mon, August 28 2017. 18:53 IST
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