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Hurricane Harvey wreaks havoc, 200 Indian students marooned

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Hyderabad: As many as 200 Indian students have been marooned and are in neck deep water at the University of Houston with Hurricane Harvey wreaking havoc in Houston, US.

External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday evening tweeted that she had been informed by the Consulate General of India in Houston that efforts were being made to deliver food.
“We made efforts for delivery of food but US Coast Guard did not allow as boats were required for rescue operations,” Sushma Swaraj said adding that Anupam Ray, Consul General at Houston was organizing the rescue operations.

“Indian students Shalini and Nikhil Bhatia are in ICU. We are ensuring that their relatives reach there at the earliest,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, the Indian community is reaching out to the victims of the hurricane to help them. “They have declared mandatory evacuation to people in new territory by tomorrow evening. We have no clue how to get out of here, with most of the roads blocked, and move to a safer place. Please let us know your suggestions,” said M Vasundhara Reddy who posted her appeal in the FB group ‘Indians in Houston’.

Another Indian living in Houston, Kishore Ramaraju who hails from Nalgonda, Telangana, said help was pouring in from every member of the Indian community living in Houston.

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