Local officials have so far reported at least 30 confirmed and suspected flood-related deaths in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey in the city and surrounding areas of Houston, Texas.
As the tropical storm continues to pour around a year's worth of rain in a week on the Texas city, emergency workers continue to rescue people from their houses following evacuation orders.
The Houston Police Department report that 3,500 people have been rescued from flooded areas, while the city's fire chief, Samuel Peña, reported their department had performed 400 rescues.
President Donald Trump visited the recovery effort in Corpus Christi, before surveying some of the damage on Tuesday, around 30 miles from the most severely affected parts of the Gulf Coast.
He visited emergency management officials, and spoke at an impromptu rally outside the Corpus Christi firehouse.
He urged federal officials to make a better response model for the future, having removed flood protection laws just days before the hurricane and having previously proposed budget slashing federal government provisions for local communities' disaster prevention and relief programmes:
It’s a real team, and we want to do it better than ever before.
We want to be looked at in five years, in 10 years from now as, this is the way to do it.
In a statement the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the team surrounding the President were not focused on optics:
The president wants to be very cautious about making sure that any activity doesn’t disrupt any of the recovery efforts.
I don’t know that we will be able to get to some of the really damaged areas.
People on Twitter have been criticising his response to the disaster in comparison to previous Presidents:
There has been a long track record of Presidents or Presidential candidates meeting with victims of disasters in the aftermath as a show of support.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May was heavily criticised for not meeting victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in the days following the incident.
Here are a few examples in images of how previous presidents and candidates have responded to hurricanes.
Barack Obama, Hurricane Sandy, 2012:
George W. Bush, Hurricane Katrina, 2005:
Bill Clinton, Hurricane Andrew, 1992:
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