Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Texas authorities have estimated the damage from hurricane "Harvey"

Texas authorities have estimated the damage from hurricane

US President Donald Trump hugged children at a shelter for Hurricane Harvey victims before serving food to the temporary residents of a stadium in Houston as he toured areas hit by the storm.

The governor of Texas said Sunday that the "long haul" of recovery from Hurricane Harvey was just beginning, appealing to Congress to provide tens of billions of dollars needed for reconstruction.

Much of the damage took place in the Houston metropolitan area, which has an economy about the same size as Argentina's.

The President had earlier said that he was staying clear of the disaster zone as he did not want to hamper rescue efforts.

Officials in Beaumont, a city of about 120,000 people near the Louisiana border, said Harvey's flooding has cut off their drinking water supply. Instead, he met with state and local leaders, and first responders.

Local flood control authorities said almost 4 trillion litres of water fell on Harris County, where Houston is located, and 136,000 buildings were flooded after Harvey made landfall as a category-4 hurricane one week ago.

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Reuters: Texas Governor says the damage from Harvey may reach up to $180 billion
Texas authorities have estimated the damage from hurricane "Harvey"

The White House also said President Donald Trump would donate $1 million of his own money to the relief effort.

Homeland Security White House Adviser Tom Bossert has announced that aid applications will be resolved in stages after the entire situation will become better assessed.

The storm was blamed for at least 42 deaths, with The Houston Chronicle saying the toll of people who died or were feared dead was more than 50.

Trump drew criticism for a tweet about "witnessing first hand the horror & devastation" in the wake of the hurricane, though his first visit to the state kept him at a distance from the actual disaster. He was criticised as being off-key for a presidential trip to discuss communities in crisis.

The storm shut about a fourth of USA refinery capacity, much of which is clustered along the Gulf Coast, and caused petrol prices to spike to a two-year high ahead of the long Labor Day holiday weekend.

Meanwhile a new storm, Irma, strengthened on Friday into a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

It remained hundreds of miles from land but was forecast to possibly hit Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti by the middle of next week.

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