Storm Harvey: Donald Trump to meet flooding survivors in Houston and Louisiana in wake of catastrophic floods

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Donald Trump will make his second visit to crisis-hit Texas on Saturday in the wake of catastrophic flooding sparked by Storm Harvey.

The White House said the President will meet with survivors of the hurricane in severely flooded Houston, which is home to 6.8 million people, before moving onto Lake Charles in Louisiana.

At least 44 people have died and more than one million left displaced after nearly a week of devastating floods in the south west Gulf Coast.

Harvey – one of the costliest storms ever to hit the US – reached land last weekend as a category four hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm and then tropical depression. 

Flood waters in Houston: Firefighters are continuing to search homes to make sure no-one has been left behind (Getty)

President Trump made his first visit to the region on Tuesday, touching down in Corpus Christi and then Austin with First Lady Melania, meeting officials who are dealing with the emergency.

Speaking to crowds, the president said Texas “can handle anything” and added he wants the recovery effort for Harvey to be “better than ever before”.

Later this week he pledged to donate $1 million of his own money to the aid effort.

By Friday waters were receding from Houston as crews continued to scour neighbourhoods in the deluge where people may still be stranded.

Fuel prices across the UK and USA are also expected to spike after the storm shut plants around Texas, around a quarter of US refinery capacity.

The nation still has three months to go of hurricane season and experts are currently tracking Hurricane Irma, another dangerous storm which is moving west over the Atlantic to the Gulf Coast.

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