Hurricane Harvey: Indian Student Dies In US

Hurricane Harvey: Indian Student Dies In US

Hurricane Harvey, which has wreaked havoc in the US state of Texas, tragically claimed the life of an Indian student.

As per police reports, a 24-year-old Indian student, Nikhil Bhatia, a student at the Texas A&M University, has died after he nearly drowned in a swollen lake in Texas. He was rescued from the Lake Bryan, where he had gone swimming along with an Indian girl Shalini Singh, on Saturday. The duo were were brought to the local hospital in a critical condition. While the girl is still battling for her life, Bhatia succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday.

According to Bhatia's friends, the two were swimming in the lake when a sudden current of water pushed them deeper. Bryan Police officers rescued them and shifted to nearby hospital. Police said that the duo shouldn't have gone for swimming during such wretched weather.

At least 200 Indian students who were stranded at the University of Houston due to the torrential rains were evacuated to safer places. The students were being provided food and other supplies by the Consulate as well as the Indian-American community in the area.

According to local community leaders, around 100,000 of Indian-Americans, who live in and around Houston, have been badly hit by the hurricane. Around 13 million people in Texas were affected by the catastrophic flooding that turned streets into raging rivers.