Hurricane Harvey: Another Indian student dies in US
Her younger brother and maternal uncle flew in from India and were present with her at the time of death. Photograph: (Facebook)
An Indian student in Houston lost her life last night as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Shalini Singh died days after being rescued from a swollen lake in the badly affected area of Texas.
Last Saturday, Shalini had gone swimming to Lake Bryan along with another Indian student, Nikhil Bhatia, who was also rescued with her. Nikhil died in hospital on August 30.
Shalini, who belonged to Delhi, came to the US a month back to pursue a two-year masters degree in public health from Texas A&M University. She did her undergraduation in Dental Surgery from ITS Dental College in Greater Noida.
Her younger brother and maternal uncle flew in from India and were present with her at the time of death. She was on life support until intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. The Consulate officials were constantly in touch with the family members in the hospital.
Friends and witnesses claim that Singh and Bhatia, during the swim, were pushed deeper into the lake because of a sudden current.
Friends accompanying them noticed that they were in struggling and alerted the nearby police officers.
Bryan Police officers rescued and provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the duo until medics arrived, according to Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson.
Singh will be cremated in Bryan next week.
Dr. Anupam Ray, Consul General of India in Houston, had been constantly keeping a check on her medical needs.
The catastrophic hurricane has affected roughly 13 million people in Texas, claiming at least 50 lives.
According to a local report, at least 150,000 Indian-Americans live in the vicinity of the area hit by the hurricane.