Houston: A 24-year-old Indian student died in the US state of Texas, after nearly drowning in a swollen lake where Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc.
Jaipur-based Nikhil Bhatia, a graduate research assistant at the Texas A&M University, had gone for a swim in Lake Bryan on Saturday along with another Indian student Shalini Singh. The duo nearly drowned but was later rescued. Both were brought to a local hospital in critical condition.
Bhatia succumbed to his injuries earlier today.
Eyewitness accounts say a sudden gush of water pushed the duo deeper. Police officers nearby were immediately alerted, who then rescued the duo.
It wasn’t immediately clear why they were swimming during severe weather.
Consul General of India in Houston has been monitoring their medical needs and situation closely.
Nearly 13 million people in Texas have been affected by the deadly Hurricane Harvey that has claimed nine lives so far.
At least 200 Indian students stranded at the University of Houston due to the flooding after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas were being evacuated to safer places, sources said.