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Harvey: prayer day in America, Texas accounts

Ⓒ AFP – Emily Kask – | Seventy-year-old with help from rescue teams after Hurricane Harvey in Orange, Texas, August 31, 2017

The Americans were called on Sunday to a national day of prayer in solidarity with the victims of Hurricane Harvey as Texas plasters its wounds and wonders how to finance the reconstruction.

According to Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of this immense southern state, the storm bill, which caused at least 42 victims and enormous material damage, should far exceed the $ 100 billion mark.

“Katrina cost over $ 120 billion, and if you look at the number of homes and businesses affected here, I think it’s going to cost well over $ 120 billion, probably between $ 150 billion and $ 180 billion,” he said. – he insured on Fox News.

Reconstruction will be “a long-term job,” he warned, claiming Harvey was a “bigger storm” than Katrina, which killed more than 1,800 people during his 2005 trip to Louisiana.

The Trump administration has already solicited Congress to release nearly $ 8 billion in emergency, and plans to request $ 6.7 billion in additional assistance.

Ⓒ AFP – Emily Kask – | Truck helps residents flood after Hurricane Harvey in Port Arthur, Texas, September 1, 2017

For this, Congress will have to raise the debt ceiling, according to a letter sent to the House of Representatives by Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

“We must ensure that the debt ceiling will be raised,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who made this Congress decision a sine qua non condition for the affected states, Texas and neighboring Louisiana , receive viable financial assistance.

– Houston “open to business” –

On the spot, the Texans are resolutely optimistic and looking to the future, in this “national day of prayer” decreed by Donald Trump.

The US president met himself on Sunday morning at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, opposite the White House, where he had already surrendered on the day of his investiture.

The day before, he had traveled to Houston, where he had met with the disaster victims of Harvey, who sowed desolation in this megalopolis of 2.3 million inhabitants, the fourth largest city in the country.

The billionaire appeared very at ease, linking photographs, handshakes, meal distribution and games with children.

Houston’s Syvester Yurner, who has confirmed that his city will be operational on Tuesday after the long US weekend of the Labor Day, said Sunday, “a very positive visit.”

Ⓒ AFP – NICHOLAS KAMM – | Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump on leaving a religious office in Washington, September 3, 2017

“The airport is open, the port is open, the subway has returned to normal,” he insisted, recalling that Houston was “open to business”.

“If you want to host a conference or convention, or organize a game or a concert in this city, you can come. We want you to come!” He said.

The waters have now withdrawn in 95% of Houston.

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