US: President Trump declares state of emergency for Louisiana

Tropical Storm Harvey’s continuous torrential downpour has led to injuries and damage both in Texas and now in many areas of Louisiana. 30,000 people may be forced to seek refuge at local storm shelters and at least five people were killed.

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US President Donald Trump declared today (Monday) a state of emergency for Louisiana due to the heavy damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey, which led to the deaths of five people. Houston Police announced that more than 1,000 residents have been rescued up until now.

The White House issued an official statement saying that the federal emergency declaration sanctions the allocation of additional resources to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Furthermore, the declaration transfers the authority of disaster relief management from Texas to the US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

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Both government bodies are now authorized to coordinate disaster relief efforts and provide all necessary measures in order to save people from Harvey, including setting up storm shelters and protecting citizens’ property from theft.



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