Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Hurricane Harvey Death Toll Bumps Up To At Least 63

Hurricane Harvey Death Toll Bumps Up To At Least 63

Last Sunday, in the immediate and catastrophic wake - literally, as the tropical storm continued to pound southeastern Texas for another week - of Hurricane Harvey, NFL star J.J. Watt started a Houston Flood Relief Fund, through his foundation, with the initial goal of raising $200,000.

Emergency workers and volunteers in the Houston area were still dealing with the destruction and burying the dead as the United States leader smiled for television cameras and told reporters he had seen "a lot of happiness" after the hurricane. "We want to be there, we want to be ahead of it, so we can get a jump-start on getting these people back on their feet", Watt said Sunday.

The downtown shelter, where President Donald Trump hugged evacuees on Saturday, is temporary home to about 1,400 people still overnighting there.

The president also told reporters that "there's a lot of water, a lot of water, but it's moving out". As we leave Eric to wade through the water back to his home, we pass by Westside tennis and fitness club, which offered refuge during the hurricane. Volunteers had set up shade tents with water and food and were helping residents remove the wreckage.

"I think it's great what JJ has done and the organizations down there".

Mr Trump's first stop was a shelter, where he visited a section reserved for child survivors and listened to their stories.

A few days later, by contrast, Vice-President Mike Pence met storm victims when he joined Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas in clearing fallen tree branches and other debris on the Gulf Coast. "Normally we get five to seven days", Kidd said. "It seems like it's been much longer than that, but actually it's going so well that it's going fast, in a certain sense".

Volunteer Elaine Ybarra, 41, said it was "quite humbling to have somebody of his stature come to this church". "Him being here and bringing global attention to everything that's going on here, he brings up prayers from around the world".

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We can only hope that these donations and efforts, along with those that are being done by people all over the country will be enough to at least help the cause and the people and city of Houston.

"It's unbelievable. It really highlights all the good efforts that so many people are making". The 46-year-old scaffold builder at a chemical plant said she moved her spouse's ashes to a top shelf of a closet and prayed it didn't cave in. The first lady boarded the aircraft Saturday wearing stilettos once again before changing into a more casual outfit and sneakers prior to exiting Air Force One in Texas.

"And with the federal government", Trump added as he touted the Harvey relief funding he requested from Congress late Friday. "We have a lot of good memories here", said Sergio Estrada who grew up in the neighbourhood and came to help salvage the home where his parents live. The generosity has shown no signs of slowing, and on Wednesday Watt said he would extend the fundraiser until September 15 at 5 p.m. CT.

Trump, making his second trip to the region in the past week, also visited with emergency responders and others in Lake Charles, La., who helped during Harvey.

"We are with you every single step of the way", Trump pledged in his weekly radio address.

"If you called, we are coming". We will help you rebuild. "And we are going to take it day by day, week by week".

Earlier he acknowledged that residents of Texas have "a long and hard path" ahead of them.

Irma could pummel U.S. territory today and it also poses a threat later in the week to the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Florida, which declared a state of emergency on Monday evening. Then, he touted the size of the crowd that greeted him outside a firehouse but failed to mention the storm's victims, leaving critics and even some allies saying he failed to demonstrate the empathy and compassion presidents are expected to display during these visits.

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