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Indian student rescued from swollen lake dies – Hurricane Harvey effect

A 24-year-old Indian student died here today, three days after he was rescued along with another Indian woman from a swollen lake in the US state of Texas where Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc.

Nikhil Bhatia, a PhD student at the Texas A&M University, was rescued from the Lake Bryan, where he along with Shalini Singh had gone swimming, on Saturday. Bhatia who was critical died in hospital while Shalini continues to be in a critical condition, according to officials at the Indian Consulate here.

Bhatia, originally from Jaipur, along with Shalini, 25, from New Delhi, were admitted to a hospital in a critical condition. Shalini was pursuing masters degree in public health from the same university.Nikhil, who 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. According to their friends and some witnesses, the two 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.Consul General of India in Houston Anupam Ray has been monitoring their medical needs and situation closely. According to the consulate office, Bhatia’s mother Dr Suman Bhatia has already arrived and was assisted by the consulate amidst the worsening flood situation here.

Jaipur boy’s mom got early morning call  Jaipur: Dr Suman Bhatia was home when the phone rang early on Sunday morning. It was a call from a US hospital, with a message that shook the Jaipur lecturer’s world. Her son, Nikhil, who studied in the United States, was in the hospital, she was told. He had been rescued from a lake hit by Hurricane Harvey in Texas on Saturday but was in a critical condition.Bhatia left for the US as soon as she could. “But he did not survive,” Nikhil’s cousin, Kushal Bhatia, said. As the news of his death spread, gloom shrouded their house in the Mansarovar area, where the senior lecturer in a city government-run college lived alone. Nikhil’s father, Pradeep Bhatia, is a defence personnel currently based in Udaipur. Kushal described his cousin as “a topper with a brilliant mind and a noble personality no one ever imagined that Nikhil, who was riding high on success, would meet such an abrupt end,” he said. Kushal said the family was making all efforts to bring the body back to India at the earliest.


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