Harvey floods: Nightly curfew in Houston to head off looting

Aug 30, 2017, 5:50 AM EDT
Hurricane Harvey Flooding
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Battered by storm Harvey, the U.S. city of Houston has imposed a night-time curfew to stop incidents of looting and robbery while first responders and relief volunteers toil hard to rescue trapped people and restore services disrupted by the catastrophe.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced and the death toll has crossed 17 after storm Harvey dumped almost a year’s rain over a span of week, notes Reuters.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who visited the state of Texas and called the devastation “epic,” decided not to visit Houston as it might obstruct the emergency response, writes the BBC