Trump declares emergency in Louisiana for storm Harvey

2017-08-28 16:43
US President Donald Trump signs a document  in the Oval Office of the White House. (Jim Watson, AFP)

US President Donald Trump signs a document in the Oval Office of the White House. (Jim Watson, AFP)

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Washington - US President Donald Trump on Monday declared an emergency in Louisiana as part of the southern state was being pelted with rain from tropical storm Harvey.

The declaration allows the federal government, specifically the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to co-ordinate relief efforts. It also provides federal funding for disaster relief.

"This action will help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency has inflicted on the local population," the White House said in a statement.

"Specifically, FEMA is authorised to identify, mobilise, and provide at its discretion equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency."

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