Video: Drone footage shows devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas
Torrential rain from Harvey hit areas more than 240 km away, swelling rivers upstream and causing a surge that was heading toward the Houston area.Updated: Aug 28, 2017 11:51 IST
A drone footage released by the CNN showed an aerial view of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in the US state of Texas.
The video shows ravaged buildings, which are reduced to mere skeletons, and scores of houses and vehicles subemrged in water.
Hurricane Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the nation’s fourth-largest city Houston on Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers who could not keep up with the constant calls for help.
The incessant rain covered much of Houston in turbid, gray-green water and turned streets into rivers navigable only by boat. In a rescue effort that recalled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, helicopters landed near flooded freeways, airboats buzzed across submerged neighbourhoods and high-water vehicles plowed through water-logged intersections. Some people managed with kayaks or canoes or swam.
Volunteers joined emergency teams to pull people from their homes or from the water, which was high enough in places to gush into second floors. The flooding from Harvey, which made landfall late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and has lingered dropping heavy rain as a tropical storm, was so widespread that authorities had trouble pinpointing the worst areas. They urged people to get on top of their houses to avoid becoming trapped in attics and to wave sheets or towels to draw attention to their location.
Harvey came ashore late on Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years and has killed at least two people. It has since sat in the same general area around Texas’ Gulf of Mexico Coast where it is forecast to remain for several more days, drenching parts of the region with a year’s worth of rainfall in the span of a week.