Harvey storm death rises to 18 in Texas

The death toll from storm Harvey, which has caused floods and floods since the end of last week, has risen to at least 18 people, authorities in Texas said.

The health authorities in Harris County, Houston, announced that three more bodies had been found to be added to 15 bodies that authorities and victims had declared dead in the storm that struck the Texas coast last night as a fourth-class cyclone.

A 76-year-old woman was found floating in floodwater near a vehicle. Her name was not released. A 45-year-old man, Travis Lynn Callihan, left his vehicle and fell into floodwaters. He was taken to a hospital, where he died Monday.

A 24-year-old Indian student has died after he nearly drowned in a swollen lake in the US state of Texas where Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc.

Nikhil Bhatia, a student at the Texas A&M University, was rescued from the Lake Bryan, where he and an Indian girl, Shalini Singh, had gone swimming, on Saturday.

But the dangers remain far from over. With at least 18 dead and 13,000 people rescued in the Houston area and surrounding cities and counties in Southeast Texas, others were still trying to escape from inundated homes. Weakened levees were in danger of failing and a less-ferocious but still potent Harvey was on track to slam into Louisiana overnight.

This comes as the Houston municipality announced a curfew from Tuesday evening for an unlimited period in light of the spread of thefts, while the city and its environs continue to rain by storm Harvey.

US President Donald Trump arrived in Texas yesterday to assess efforts to deal with the devastating effects of tropical storm Harvey, who has been ravaging the state since the weekend and praised the efforts, while receiving a report on the overall situation in the state.