Vastavam web: At least 200 Indian students stranded at the University of Houston due to “catastrophic” flooding after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas were being evacuated to safer places, authorities said today.The students were being provided food and other supplies by the Indian-American community in the area.India’s Consul-General in Houston Anupam Ray has been in touch with the students and monitoring the evacuation process.”@CGHoust has informed me that 200 Indian students at University of Houston are marooned. They are surrounded by neck deep water,” she tweeted.
The Indian side made efforts to deliver food but the US Coast Guard did not allow them as boats were required for rescue operations, Swaraj said in a series of tweets.She said the MEA was ensuring that the relatives of the hospitalised students reach the health facility at the earliest.The National Weather Service of the US has called the flooding in Texas “unprecedented”. “Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days,” the service said in a statement.
Sewa International Houston – along with several other Indian-American community organisations – have teamed up to provide food and shelter to the affected people.Major Indian organisations such as the India Cultural Centre, the India House, the Indo-American Charity Foundation and the Indo-American Political Action Committee have decided to coordinate their relief efforts through Sewa International.Indian businesses and places of worship were providing shelter to displaced families. Indian restaurants were giving food packets to the people hit by the catastrophic flooding.