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2 Indian Students Swimming In Hurricane-Hit Texas Lake In Critical Condition

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| August 29 , 2017 , 12:09 IST

US state of Texas continues to battle against one of the worst hurricanes in 12 years, the Hurricane Harvey which triggered flash floods in the state capital Houston, and two Indian students battle for their lives as they were rescued after nearly drowning while swimming in Lake Bryan.

The two Indian students, identified as Shalini, and Nikhil Bhatia studying at the Texas A&M University were rescued from the Lake Bryan after an official patrolling the lake was flagged down by 2 students who said that two people swimming in the lake were in distress. While the students, aged in their 20s, had rescued one of the Indians, the police officer rescued the second.

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Shalini and Nikhil were taken to the CHI St. Joseph Hospital where they condition continues to remain critical. India's Consul-General in Houston has been monitoring the situation, and reported that while Nikhil is yet to show signs of improvement, Shalini has improved somewhat since her arrival at the hospital.

Nikhil's mother Dr. Suman Bhatia has arrived from India and was received at the Dallas airport, while Shalini's brother would be arriving the next day, the consulate said.

It is not yet clear why the Indian students were swimming in such severe weather conditions.

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Nearly 13 million people in Texas have been battling 'catastrophic' flooding and torrential rains where the Hurricane Harvey has wrecked havoc, claiming at least 5 lives as the roads have turned into raging rivers.

The life-threatening flash-flood situation in Houston is likely to continue as heavy rains are expected to move in over Houston overnight.

Around 200 students at the University of Houston have been stranded due to the flooding after Hurricane Harvey hit the city and are now being evacuated to safer places. The students are being provided food and supplies by the Indian-American community in the area while India's Consul General in Houston has been monitoring the evacuation process.