Tropical storm Harvey is currently causing extreme flooding in the state of Texas, where 54 counties have been declared state disaster areas. In the city of Huston, it reached diluvian proportions, forcing thousands of people to flee. About 300,000 people at least are without electricity, emergency services are overwhelmed by claims for help, and so far, nine fatalities have been declared. Thousands of national and state guards, police officers and rescue workers are mobilized for what could be the most devastating flood event in Houston’s recorded history: “this disaster’s going to be a landmark event” the Federal Emergency Management Agency director said (Guardian). At the time of writing, rain is still feeding the streams and the storm is spread eastward to Louisiana. So far, about 6.8 million people in 18 counties are affected, which represent a quarter of the Texan population (Reuters). The magnitude of the calamity brings back into the minds the deadly Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in United States’ history, which devastated New Orleans twelve years ago and caused USD 108 billion losses. The last hurricane to hit Houston was Ike, in September 2008: the hurricane had caused USD 34 billion losses and killed 112 people.

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