Hurricane Harvey death toll expected to increase beyond 7

US President Donald Trump said that the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas is extensive and that Congress will need to respond quickly. Meanwhile, the death toll from the storm has climbed to seven and the local authorities are warning that the number is expected to increase.

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The extensive floods caused by Hurricane Harvey have claimed the lives of at least seven people in Texas. It is estimated that about 30,000 people will not be able to return to their homes due to the damage caused by the storm. The local authorities have warned that the death toll is expected to increase as Harvey, now a tropical storm, continues to dump rainfall on East Texas. US President Donald Trump said that the damage in Texas is extensive and that Congress will need to respond quickly.

Rescue efforts are still underway in Houston. Hurricane Harvey was the most powerful storm to hit Texas in the past 50 years. Trump said that it released a "historic amount of water" on the state.

Texas after the storm Photo Credit: Sky News/Channel 2 News

"I think that you’re gonna see very rapid action from Congress, certainly from the president, and you’re gonna get your funding," Trump told reporters. The US president also said that his thoughts and prayers are with "those affected by Hurricane Harvey and the catastrophe of flooding."

During an interview with a Houston radio station, US Vice President Mike Pence said that the Trump administration is convinced that Congress will provide the needed aid.



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