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Indian Americans in Florida open doors for hurricane Irma evacuees

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People wait outside the Germain Arena to take shelter from Hurricane Irma in Estero, Florida, just south of Fort Myers. Photo: Bryan Woolston/Reuters

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — With Hurricane Irma beginning its destructive path into Southern Florida, the Indian-American community has opened up its doors for evacuees.

Having hit the Florida Keys with wind gusts upwards of 130MPH, the hurricane has displaced millions, with people fleeing the path of the storm. As the hurricane reaches further inland, Indian-Americans in surrounding areas are opening the doors of their homes, businesses and places of worship to provide shelter. Displaced evacuees have been housed in Indian-American homes, hotels, banquet halls and other makeshift shelters. The Consulate General of India’s Atlanta office led the efforts, tweeting and co-ordinating with community leaders

More than 400 homes in Orlando are ready to provide shelter to those evacuating. Sriram +1703-829-6064 can be contacted. – Twitter @CGIAtlanta 

SEWA International USA, one of the organizations helping in relief efforts provided shelters to more than 300 families in homes of its volunteers in and around Atlanta. It is estimated by SEWA that Indian-American community members have taken in at least 2,000 families. Consulate officials even visited the shelters in Tampa & Florida to ensure the families were safe.

One of the major concerns is the storm surge. “What’s scary is the unbelievable storm surge potentially in my own town, 15-feet of storm surge above ground level. And we are talking about that and something with the keys. People have asked what can we do, the first thing I tell them is pray, pray for everybody in Florida,” Florida Governor Rick Scott stated to Fox News.

President Trump took time from speech at the Pentagon addressing the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks to address the pending gloom of the catastrophic hurricane: “These are storms of catastrophic severity and we are marshaling the full full resources of the federal government to help our fellow Americans in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and all of those wonderful places and states in harm’s way. When Americans are in in need, Americans pull together. And we our one country. And when we face hardship we emerge, closer, stronger and more determined than ever.”

According to the U.S. 2010 census, over 120,000 Indian-Americans live in Florida, and that figure is believed to have increased significantly in seven years. He largest concentration of Indian-Americans is in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, followed by Tampa Bay and Orlando.

It is estimated that 5.6 million people were ordered to evacuate and that more than 6.2 million people in Florida are without power. Scott stated that Irma would be “way bigger than Andrew,” the 1992 hurricane that was the most destructive to hit the state.

“It’s a worst-case scenario for Florida on the west coast,” said FEMA Administrator Brock Long.

Thousands of homes in Florida were reported to have a power outage.

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India becomes 5th largest economy, overtakes UK, France

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AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — India is now the world’s fifth largest economy, overtaking the UK and France in 2019, according to a report by American non-partisan think tank World Population Review. The report says India’s economic liberalization starting in the early 1990s was key to this growth. Though the report also indicates India’s real GDP growth is expected to weaken for the third straight year from 7.5 percent to 5 percent.

Billionaire entrepreneur and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be on stage at the ninth Democratic Debate in Las Vegas, qualifying for the first time after polls indicate his star is rising amongst potential Democratic primary voters after spending more than $300 million in political advertising. Diya TV will be in Las Vegas with full coverage from what will certainly be an eventful night.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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150,000 people expected for ‘Namaste Trump’ in Gujarat

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AHMEDABAD, India (Diya TV)  — President Trump & the first lady will get a massive welcome on his visit to Gujarat next week, where 150,000 people are expected to attend ‘Namaste Trump.’ It’s expected to be an even grander event than ‘Howdy Modi’ in Houston, where 50,000 people greeted Prime Minister Modi. A delegation of business leaders from the U.S. are also headed to India for a series of events in New Delhi.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — New Indian ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu held court with business leaders involved with the U.S.-India Business Council and gave a preview of what to expect when President Trump meets with Prime Minister Modi later this month in India.

The annual Harvard India Conference takes place this weekend and Diya TV is a proud media partner for this event that will host a slew of well known Indian tycoons, political figures and folks working on social change.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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