Smoke and explosion reported in flood-hit Texas chemical plant

Smoke and explosion reported in flood-hit Texas chemical plant

An explosion and smoke have been reported at the flood-hit Arkema SA chemical plant in Crosby, Texas. Two explosions and plumes of black smoke were reported Thursday morning at the flooded Arkema peroxide plant in Crosby, Texas, plant officials said. A deputy was taken to the hospital after he inhaled fumes from the plant, the Harris County sheriff’s office tweeted. Nine others drove themselves to the hospital as a precaution, the sheriff’s office said. The…

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Storm Harvey: family of 6 found dead in van

Storm Harvey: family of 6 found dead in van

Relatives are said to be “devastated” after police confirm the deaths of four children and their great-grandparents in flooding. Police say they have recovered the bodies of six family members whose van was swept off a Houston bridge during Storm Harvey. The van was carrying the Saldivar family when it was overtaken by violent flood waters near Greens Bayou on Sunday. Driver Samuel Saldivar escaped through a window but was unable to rescue the other…

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Storm Harvey: 18 dead and over 13,000 rescued

Storm Harvey: 18 dead and over 13,000 rescued

At least 18 people have died and 13,000 more have been rescued as Tropical Storm Harvey dumps record rainfall in and around Houston. As thousands of people fled their deluged homes, Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, imposed a curfew amid reports of looting and armed robberies. Officials say they have received disturbing reports of people impersonating Homeland Security special agents and telling residents to evacuate in order to rob their homes. The heaviest tropical downpour in…

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Beyonce offers aid to Houston flood victims

Beyonce offers aid to Houston flood victims

Beyonce has pledged to “help as many” victims of Hurricane Harvey as she can, as her home city of Houston braces itself for more rainfall. “I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” said the star. She added she was working with her charity and her pastor “to implement a plan to help”. Houston has been hit by…

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Houston flood in pictures

Houston flood in pictures

Water is so deep in places in Houston that it almost reaches signage over roads. Much of the city’s road system has been overwhelmed by floodwaters. Many shelters have been set up, including at a convention centre. Officials say 30,000 people are expected to be housed in these emergency shelters. Scores of vehicles are submerged across the city, with some owners having to be freed by emergency workers. The coastguard has been among the rescuers…

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