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Donald Trump donates one million dollars for flood victims

Thursday, August 31st, 2017 | World News

US President Donald Trump will donate one million dollars from his private fortune to the victims of the devastating Harvey storm. With the money Trump would help the people in the heavily hit states of Texas and Louisiana, said its spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

In order to delay the reconstruction in the affected areas, the White House wants to ask the Congress for an emergency fund. Although no concrete sum was mentioned, the aid could be billions of dollars. Trumps Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said it was estimated that some 100,000 homes of "Harvey" are likely to be affected.

The record of the hurricane is already devastating: at least 31 dead, more than 37,000 houses and apartments heavily damaged and nearly 7000 completely destroyed. Around 32,000 people were accommodated in emergency accommodation.

The director of the Disaster Prevention Office Fema in Houston, Tom Fargione, said that priority was now given to housing those who lost their homes through the floods. First of all they had to be taken out of the emergency accommodation, he said.

Searching for victims still takes weeks
In the district of Meyerland, the emergency personnel pounded door-to-door in search of survivors, injured or dead, peered through windows and marked houses with gps. The authorities expected the deployment to take another two weeks.

 In the towns of Beaumont and Port Arthur, near the Louisiana border, the water level continued to rise. Most of Port Arthur's streets were flooded, there was no more tap water in Beaumont because the pumping station was flooded. Almost 200 patients had to be evacuated from a hospital in Beaumont.

In Port Arthur, more than 500 people sought shelter in a bowling center. Many had their pets, including a monkey. "The monkey came a bit surprising, but we're trying to help," said the manager of the center, Jeff Tolliver.

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