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Oil giants donate $23 million for Harvey victims

Extracts from unedited feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

September 4, 2017 | UPDATED 03:55 IST

By Seema Hakhu Kachru

Houston, Sep 4 (PTI) US oil giants have pledged USD 23 million for disaster relief operations to help Gulf Coast residents recover from Hurricane Harvey, one of the most destructive storms in US history that killed at least 50 people.

Harvey has soaked Texas with the heaviest rainfall in US history. Texas officials said more than 185,000 homes were damaged and 9,000 destroyed as 42,000 people remain in shelters amid overflowing rivers and reservoirs.

“In the community, Shell staff have helped out so many in need that people are flagging down anybody wearing the company pecten symbol to say thank you,” Shell CEO Ben van Beurden wrote in a LinkedIn article on the storm.

Shell announced USD 1 million to the American Red Cross, which is helping Harvey victims by bringing them food, medicine and other necessities. Red Cross operates shelters for Houstonians who lost their homes to the storm and subsequent flooding.

Shell had to shut down its refinery near Deer Park, Texas as Harvey approached. The largest refinery in the US, Saudi Aramcos Motiva refinery near Port Arthur, could be offline for weeks.

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