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Hurricane Harvey devastates Texan coast: Order of Malta first responders are on the ground

Malteser International Americas and the Order’s three US Associations coordinate relief efforts for victims

Houston, Texas, 29 August 2017

Texan Floods: interstate 45 submerged

The most powerful hurricane in a decade hit Texas over the weekend, with 130 mph gale force winds and deluging rains, leaving thousands homeless.

Malteser International Americas, the Order of Malta’s international relief service, together with the three Order Associations in the United States, are on the ground and coordinating relief efforts to aid the homeless and the devastated communities. 

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