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HOUSTON, Aug. 27, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Vehicles are stranded in flood in great Houston area, Texas, the United States, Aug. 27, 2017 as the Hurricane Harvey made its strong landfall over the Texas Gulf Coast Friday night. Widespread and worsening flood conditions prompted the closure of nearly every major road in Houston as the outer bands of Harvey swept through the Houston area over the weekend. Latest news reports said the storm death toll has climbed to at least 5. (Xinhua/Song Qiong/IANS) by .
Vehicles are stranded in flood in great Houston area, Texas, the United States (Xinhua/Song Qiong/IANS)

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that two hundred Indian students of the University of Houston have been marooned in floods in the wake of tropical storm Harvey causing heavy rains and flooding in America’s fourth largest city….reports Asian Lite News

HOUSTON, Aug. 27, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Vehicles are stranded in flood in great Houston area, Texas, the United States, Aug. 27, 2017 as the Hurricane Harvey made its strong landfall over the Texas Gulf Coast Friday night. Widespread and worsening flood conditions prompted the closure of nearly every major road in Houston as the outer bands of Harvey swept through the Houston area over the weekend. Latest news reports said the storm death toll has climbed to at least 5. (Xinhua/Song Qiong/IANS) by .
Vehicles are stranded in flood in great Houston area, Texas, the United States (Xinhua/Song Qiong/IANS)

Two Indian students are in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital.

“@CGHoust has informed me that 200 Indian students at University of Houston are marooned. They are surrounded by neck deep water,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

“We made efforts for delivery of food but US Coast Guard did not allow as boats were required for rescue operations,” she said.

Stating that Indian Consul General in Houston Anupam Ray was organising the rescue operations, Sushma Swaraj said in a separate tweet: “Indian students Shalini and Nikhil Bhatia are in ICU. We are ensuring that their relatives reach there at the earliest.”

According to a media report, at least two people have been killed as the Houston area continues to be inundated by torrential rain and catastrophic flooding from Harvey, which officials called an “unprecedented” weather event that has left thousands of homes flooded, stranding people and overwhelming rescue workers.