Early Reports: 200 Indian Students Trapped By Raging Floodwaters at University of Houston

By Laura Fay | August 28, 2017

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Extreme flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey has reportedly trapped 200 University of Houston students from India, according to early social media reports. Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj tweeted about the incident Monday morning and said the Coast Guard is organizing a rescue.

Swaraj added that two of the students, Shalini and Nikhil Bhatia, are in intensive care and that officials are working to get their family to Houston as soon as possible.

University of Houston President Renu Khator tweeted later that the students were safe, had food, and would be evacuated soon.

Anupam Ray, the consul general of India based in Houston, posted that university officials were in contact with the students and “working tirelessly” to help them.

We will update this post as more information is available. University of Houston officials and the Coast Guard were not immediately available for comment.

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