HOUSTON (TIP): Shalini Singh, a 25-year-old Indian student died on Sept 3, days after she was rescued along with another Indian student Nikhil Bhatia from a swollen lake in Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on Aug 26. Bhatia was rescued from the Lake Bryan along with Shalini Singh on Saturday, Aug 26. Bhatia succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday, Aug 30. Shalini, who continued to be in a critical condition, was declared dead late Sunday night.
Bhatia, a PhD student at the Texas A&M University, completed his schooling from Jaipur’s St. Anslem’s Pink City Senior Secondary School in 2011 and did his B. Tech in Vellore, had recently graduated from Texas A&M University in Water Management and Hydrological Science. Shalini was pursuing master’s degree in public health from the same university. She came to the US only last month to pursue the two years Masters program after her degree in Dental Surgery from I T S Dental College in Greater Noida.
Bhatia, originally from Jaipur, along with Shalini from New Delhi, were swimming in the lake when a sudden current of water pushed them deeper. The friends accompanying them noticed that the duo were in distress and flagged down nearby police officers. Bryan Police officers were able to rescue and provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the victims until medics arrived, according to Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson. Both were admitted to a hospital in a critical condition. Dr Anupam Ray, the Consul General of India in Houston, was attending to their medical needs.
At least 100,000 Indian-Americans living in and around Houston area have been severely affected by the tropical storm.
The life-threatening storm has affected around 13 million people, with rains turning streets into rivers. At least 50 flood-related deaths have been confirmed by local officials.