Texas state officials report 93 deaths related to Hurricane Harvey
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) —
The number of deaths directly or indirectly related to Hurricane Harvey has reached 93, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), but those numbers are expected to change.
On Friday, the state agency reported that 62 people died as a direct result of the hurricane and flooding.
Another 26 died from indirect causes, including medical complications, fires, car accidents and other causes.
Five deaths are still being investigated and have yet to be resolved into either category.
According to a DSHS spokesperson, the reporting is still preliminary and final numbers may not be available until next year.
Finalizing the numbers will be a difficult task for the team which has been coordinating with officials across local jurisdictions to investigate and confirm fatalities.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25 as a Category 4 storm. Harvey brought a record-breaking 50 inches of rain to some parts of southeast Texas causing life-threatening flooding.
The damage caused by Harvey is expected to cost $180 billion, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbot. Despite the tremendous human toll, Harvey was not as deadly as Hurricane Katrina, which claimed 1,200 lives when it hit Louisiana and the Gulf Coast in 2005.