200 Indian students stranded in Houston safe: Indian government
Havey hit Houston, 200 Indian students stuck Photograph: (Reuters)
The 200 Indian students who were marooned at the University of Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are safe, the Indian government informed in a tweet.
Two of the students, however, are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The Consul General of India in Houston Anupam Ray wrote on Twitter that he was with the students and was organising food for them.
Earlier Monday, India's external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had tweeted the news of the students being surrounded by neck deep water. She said the government was ensuring that the relatives of the students in the ICU reached as soon as possible.
The external affairs minister had said that attempts to deliver food to the students had failed since the US Coast Guard did not allow the boats required for the operations.
@CGHoust has informed me that 200 Indian students at University of Houston are marooned. They are surrounded by neck deep water. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 28, 2017
We made efforts for delivery of food but US Coast Guard did not allow as boats were required for rescue operations. /2— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 28, 2017
Mr. Anupam Ray our CG Houston is organising the rescue operations. /3— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 28, 2017
Indian students Shalini and Nikhil Bhatia are in ICU. We are ensuring that their relatives reach there at the earliest. /4— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 28, 2017
In the coming days, more rain is expected as Harvey moves inland.
Till now, 1,000 people had been rescued as per reports.
This storm is the first major hurricane in the US since 2005 and is also the first major natural disaster under Trump's presidency.