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Heaviest rain in history: Catastrophic scenes in Houston as 200,000 people are forced from their homes by flooding and 10,000 survivors fill convention center to TWICE its capacity after Harvey breaks American rainfall record

AP | 29 Aug 2017

Hurricane Harvey has dumped the most rain on the continental US in history it was revealed today – as catastrophic scenes unfold in Houston with shelters overwhelmed with survivors, a curfew in place to prevent looting, dams overflowing and a chemical plant at risk of exploding.

According to Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, there are currently about 20,000 Hurricane Harvey evacuees in shelters.

Many of Houston’s evacuees are crammed into the city’s convention center which is now overcrowded with 10,000 evacuees – double what officials initially planned.

The George R Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Texas, has a capacity of up to 5,000 people, but Monday night 9,021 people stayed in the center, many sleeping on chairs and on the floor because of a shortage of cots.

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Even the SHELTERS are flooded: At least 30 dead, more than 30,000 homeless and $160billion in destruction as weather expert claims Hurricane Harvey is the ‘worst natural disaster in US history’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4836656/At-30-dead-20-000-homeless-Houston.html

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#BlackLivesMatter | More Protests, Assaults, and it’s a war zone in Charlotte

War zone in Charlotte: White man begs for mercy as he is beaten while a reporter is nearly dragged into a fire by rioters as people are told to stay home from work after police shooting of black father
By Wills Robinson and Martin Gould In Charlotte, North Carolina For Dailymail.com
Published: 09:03 EST, 22 September 2016 | Updated: 15:31 EST, 22 September 2016


Disturbing videos have emerged of protesters brutally attacking white bystanders in Charlotte as violent demonstrations continued to engulf the city, 48 hours after a black man was shot dead by police.
A man was dragged and beaten by a mob while begging for mercy, an unconscious photographer was almost tossed into a fire, and a CNN correspondent was slammed to the ground in the midst of the chaos.
It was the second night of unrest following the deadly shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, 43, by African-American cop, Brentley Vinson, 26, at an apartment complex on Tuesday afternoon.
Police said 44 people were arrested for a variety of crimes such as assault, breaking and entering, and failure to disperse. At least 14 people, including five cops, were taken to hospital.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency and has called in the National Guard after clashes on Wednesday night.
Major companies with offices in the downtown area – including Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy – told employees not to come into work on Thursday.
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts had considered putting a curfew in place in a bid to control the disorder, which is set to continue, but police have said they don’t think the restrictions are needed.
Roberts added that Scott’s family will be shown the video of the police shooting on Thursday, but it will not be released publicly.
Many businesses and buildings, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame, were hit by vandals and looters.
 
The Numbers Are In: Black Lives Matter Is Wrong about Police
Ever since the explosion of the Black Lives Matter movement, Americans have been bombarded with assertions that black men face a unique and dangerous threat — not from members of their own community but from the very law enforcement officers who are sworn to “serve and protect” them. Hashtags such as #DrivingWhileBlack and #WalkingWhileBlack have perpetuated a narrative that black Americans risk being gunned down by police simply because of the color of their skin. Using individual anecdotes of police misconduct and the now-discredited “hands up, don’t shoot” rallying cry, Black Lives Matter has built a case that American police are out of control.
 
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