As Hurricane Harvey continues to keep Houston paralysed, over 150,000 people from the Indian community there have shown its big heart by opening up its establishments to provide food, shelter and other services to the thousands of people affected by the devastating floods.
Harvey has led to flood waters submerging highways, houses and in some cases entire neighbourhoods. Another dangerous problem facing residents around Houston is the alligators that have come out into the open, looking as they are for higher ground, reported US media outlets. Also, electricity and water outages have hit entire neighbourhoods even if they’ve been spared going under water.
According to Washington Post, The Houston police dispatched officers on boats that were sent through streets where the floodwater reached the pumps at gas stations. While urging residents to stay off the roads, police have asked people with high-water vehicles and boats to assist in rescue efforts.
In an attempt to help the effected people, Indian restaurants are distributing food, Indian businesses are throwing open their premises to provide accommodation, Indian doctors are volunteering medical services and the community at large is offering logistical and other help to coordinate rescue efforts along with the City of Houston’s emergency operations center.