Texas: As Houston braves floodwaters from the Tropical Storm Harvey, the residents have had to deal with a new set of beastly problems.
Alligators and snakes, who have also been apparently rendered homeless, have found their way to some of the residents here, including that of Keralites.
A Keralite family got the shock of their lives when they found the scaly reptile outside their house.
"Even alligators and snakes are floating into residential areas," the members of Federation Of Kerala Associations In North America (FOKANA) told Manorama.
"We have literally been locked up inside their house. We are surviving on stacked-up food,” the office-bearers, Ranjith Pillai and Paul Karukkappally, said.
People have been asked to move to safe areas at the earliest. Meanwhile, the authorities have warned that fake photos are also doing the rounds.
Around 13 million people were battling the catastrophic flooding and torrential rain in the storm-ravaged Texas where Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc, turning streets into raging rivers and claiming at least five lives.
The storm was the most powerful hurricane to strike Texas in more than 50 years when it hit land on Friday near Corpus Christi, 220 miles south of Houston.
Harvey was expected to linger over Texas' Gulf Coast for the next few days, dropping another 25 to 51 cm of rain, with threats of flooding extending into Louisiana.