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Hurricane Harvey tragedy: Last rites of Nikhil Bhatia to be performed in Texas

Nikhil, a resident of Varun Path in Jaipur’s Mansarovar, was killed by Harvey floods.

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February 1, 2018, 3:20 pm

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Hurricane Harvey kills Jaipur youth Nikhil who was doing research studies in Texas. Image credit: Nikhil's Facebook page.

Jaipur: Unable to bring the body to India due to weekend holidays in the U.S.A, the family members of Nikhil Bhatia who was killed by Hurricane Harvey has decided to perform the last rites in Texas. As Nikhil’s father would not be able to make it to Texas on time, the Indian consulate will make arrangement for the live streaming of the funeral for him.

Jaipur-based Bhatia who was doing research studies in Texas died when he was swept away by hurricane Harvey that has ravaged several parts of Texas over the past few days.

He and his friend, Shalini Singh, a resident of Delhi, were hanging out at the Lake Bryan, a popular tourist spot. Both were rescued from the lake and rushed to a hospital. Nikhil died while his 25-year-old friend Shalini is battling for life. Shalini is in critical condition.

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Nikhil’s mother Suman Bhatia arrived in Texas when Nikhil was undergoing treatment. He died while she was in the hospital.

Suman was trying to bring Nikhil’s body to India, but she was told by the U.S. authorities that the documentation formalities might take a few days due to the weekend.

Relatives of the family and Nikhil’s friends who are in the U.S. are with the mother to console her. The mother will bring his last remains to India after the funeral.

Nikhil was a resident of Varun Path in Mansarovar. Nikhil had been in Texas for the past two years and was doing MS on water research at Texas A&N University. He was an alumnus of St Anselm’s Pink City School in Jaipur. He completed his higher secondary education in 2011 and then went to Vellore to do BTech. He then went to the U.S. in 2015.

His mother, Suman Bhatia, is a lecturer at Kaladra Government PG College near Chomu, while his father Pradeep Bhatia is deputed in Jodhpur Military Engineering Service.

Around 13 million people were battling “catastrophic” flooding and torrential rains in the storm-ravaged Texas where Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc, turning streets into raging rivers and claiming at least nine lives.

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First published: September 1, 2017