Hurricane Harvey: 24-year-Old Indian Student Dies, Another in Critical Condition at Houston


A 24 year old Indian student has died after he was drowned in a swollen lake in US where Hurricane Harvey wreaked. Another student at A&M University,  Nikhil Bhatia was rescued from the Lake where he  was with another Indian girl Shalini Singh.  According to the Consulate officials who were in regular touch with the family members in hospital and in India, he capitulate to injuries while Shalini Singh is in a critical condition.

Nikhil Bhatia is originally from Jaipur, Rajasthan and his friend Shalini Singh who is 25 years old is from New Delhi and was pursuing Masters in Public Health. Immediately both were brought to the local hospital in a serious condition. According to some witnesses they were swimming in the lake and a sudden current of water pushed them deeper and then the near by students noticed that they were in distress and flagged down near by the police officers.

According to Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson,” Bryan Police officers were able to rescue  the victims and provided  medicine. Immediately, It  was not  clear that why they were swimming in such bad weather.

However, Houston’s  Consul General of India has closely been monitoring for their medical needs and their situation. According to the consulate office, Nikhil Bhatia’s mother Dr. Suman Bhatia has  arrived  their and there she was assisted by the consulate office to amidst devastating flood situations.

This catastrophic flood and torrential rains in the storm ravaged Texas where Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc has affected around 13 million people by turning the streets into raging rivers and killing at least nine persons .

While the Meteorologists have forecasted that the historic rainfall will dump up to 50 inches by tomorrow and the Heavy rainfall were expected to move over the Houston area overnight.

The authorities said,” Around 200 Indian students  were still stranded at the University of Houston due to the flood after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas  and some of them were being evacuated to safer places.” The students were provided food supplies by the Indian American community of that area.

Anupam Roy , the Indian Consul General in Houston has been in touch with the students and monitoring the evacuation process.  Hundreds of Indian students were stranded in their homes and ran out of food but they are being helped by the consulate.

Anupam Roy said that the members of the Indian graduate student organisations had reached out to him through Facebook. Despite all the roads being inundated with water and closed for traffic. She personally went to the apartment complex where more than 250 Indian students were stranded.

According to local community leaders,  1,00,000 Indian Americans who live in and around Houston area have been badly hit by the hurricane flood and rain fall.


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