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200 Indian Students Marooned In Houston University After Hurricane Harvey Hit US

Sushma Swaraj is closely monitoring rescue ops.

28/08/2017 7:42 PM IST | Updated 28/08/2017 7:46 PM IST
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HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 27: Cade Ritter rides through a flooded parking lot on the campus of Rice University afer it was inundated with water from Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in areas of Texas over the next couple of days. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- At least 200 Indian students were stranded at the University of Houston after the campus was flooded due to Hurricane Harvey, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today.

The minister said that two Indian students, Shalini and Nikhil Bhatia, are admitted in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and that the Indian consulate general is reaching out to them to provide help.

More details on the students are awaited.

The Indian side made efforts for delivery of food but the US Coast Guard did not allow them as boats were required for rescue operations, Swaraj said.

She said the MEA was ensuring that the relatives of the hospitalised students reach the health facility at the earliest.

Harvey, the most powerful hurricane to hit the US in 13 years, left a trail of destruction as it swept through Texas yesterday, pummelling the region with heavy rains and claiming at least five lives since making landfall on the US' Gulf Coast.

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