200 Indian students stranded in Houston, 2 in ICU

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj on Monday said at least 200 Indian students were stranded at the University of Houston after the campus was flooded due to Hurricane Harvey.

Shalini and Nikhil Bhatia, who are among the affected, have been admitted to 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 the University of Houston are marooned. They are surrounded by neck deep water,” Swaraj tweeted.

A report of Deccan Chronicle says 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 in a series of tweets.

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

“Mr. Anupam Ray our CG (Consul General) Houston is organising the rescue operations,” she tweeted.

Hurricane Harvey is the most powerful storm to hit the US in 13 years, left a row of destruction as it swept through Texas on Sunday, striking the region with heavy rains and claiming at least five lives since making landfall on the US’ Gulf Coast.