Thousands have been rendered homeless in the wake of devastating rainstorm in Houston, Texas’ largest city, United States. Public facilities, schools and businesses have been grounded in response to Hurricane Harvey, as the tempestuous rainstorm is named.
This is said to be one of the largest disasters America has ever experienced, the rainstorm has left Houston and much of the Gulf Coast region waterlogged. Being a large city, Houston is a home to an estimated 2.3 million people. It has the highest population of Nigerians living in Texas, most of whom are affected by the ravaging flood.
Many believe one of three black persons in Houston is a Nigerian, making the Nigerian population in the city as one of the worst hit.
Ayokunmi and Fisayo Ayodeji, two siblings living in Southwest Alief said: “We are safe in our apartment as I speak to you, but we are running out of food and water. We bought large quantity of food items last week before the flood got to our area. There was stampede at the store we bought food, because there were many people scrambling for food to store. On Friday, the emergency service warned from going out.
“We have been indoor since them and we have almost finished the food we bought. We cannot go out to get food again, because most of the stores have closed. We don’t know what is going to happen when we consume all our reserves when the flood has not subsided.” It was added that telecommunications have been run aground.