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.
@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
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.