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Storm Harvey moves inland in Texas, rescue operations underway

Rescue workers begin evacuations in the area beneath the Barker Reservoir as water released after tropical storm Harvey caused widespread flooding in Houston, Texas. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team Texas, United States Sep 01, 2017, 03.41 AM (IST)

US emergency workers continued to rescue people trapped in flood even as storm Harvey moved inland in Texas.

Tropical storm Harvey has now been downgraded to a tropical depression even as it left a trail of devastation in its wake after making a second landfall on Texas-Louisiana border on Wednesday.

At least 779,00 people in Texas have been evacuated, Reuters reported, with thousands leaving their homes on their own.  In Orange County, near Beaumont, several doctors and hospital staff were evacuated after water supply went down in the County.

Meanwhile, the US Chemical Safety Board said it had launched an investigation into explosions at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas. The workers at the Arkema SA chemical plant where the explosions occurred were evacuated by the company.  Company officials have said they expect more fires at the facility.

Crosby lies about 25 miles northeast of Houston.

US vice president Mike Pence visited the coastal city of Rockport in Texas on Thursday, where tropical storm Harvey had hit the mainland on Friday.

"The American people are with you. We are here today, we will be here tomorrow and we will be here every day until this city and this state and this region rebuild bigger and better than ever before," Pence said.

Amid the rescue operations, the Trump administration is preparing a huge $150 billion aid proposal after putting an initial request of $5.9 billion, Reuters reported.

Shops under floodwaters are seen in Nome, some 20 miles away from Beaumont, Texas. (AFP)





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