Harvey: Crisis in Texas, floods expected to worsen

Search and rescue efforts continue as thousands are still trapped in their homes in Texas as a result of the floods. So far, 5 people have died and the number is expected to increase.
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Rescue efforts continue in Houston, Texas, as thousands of citizens are stuck in their houses following the huge floods caused by Tropical Storm Harvey. 3,000 members of the National Guard were called in to help and people are sailing in the streets searching for trapped people.

Yesterday (Sunday), US President Donald Trump stated that he will arrive in the region to follow the rescue operations more closely. The National Weather Service (NWS) has called the floods “unprecedented” and warned that the situation could deteriorate even more.

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Meanwhile, Dallas turned its main convention center into a “mega-shelter” that will be able to hold 5,000 people. “The breadth and intensity of this rainfall are beyond anything experienced before," the NWS said. “Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days.”

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Dozens of Coast Guard boats and 5 helicopters are assisting in the rescue attempts as water levels continue to rise. The central hospital in Houston was evacuated due to the floods. The authorities said that the Houston 911 call center received 56,000 calls between Saturday and Sunday. Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked citizens not to call the rescue authorities unless it’s a matter of life or death. The governor added that the country’s emergency authorities are on the verge of collapse and declared 54 counties in the state as disaster areas.

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So far, 5 people have lost their lives in the floods and the security authorities estimate that the number will increase. Weather forecasters in Texas estimate that so far, approximately 50 centimeters of rain has fallen and that in the coming days, the quantity will probably double.

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