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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Death toll in Hurricane Harvey rises to 60

At least 60 people have died as a result of Hurricane Harvey, according to emergency management departments across southeast Texas.

The Associated Press reported many of those deaths were people drowning in flash floods or water-logged roads.

This total as of 5pm on Monday includes people who died from indirect complications caused by the category four hurricane.

Recently, the huge dump of water loosened the ground around trees that crashed into at least two homes in Montgomery County, causing two deaths, said county emergency management spokeswoman Cynthia Jamieson.

The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed that a couple had died while driving outside of Jasper, Texas, when a tree landed on their vehicle.

Power outages from the storm have also accounted for some of the indirect deaths. Several elderly people in a handful of counties were reported as Harvey-related deaths when medical equipment such as oxygen tanks lost power.

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