Without insurance, Harvey’s victims turn toward the state

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Hurricane Harvey’s devastation will be among the costliest of any storm in US history but, with most not covered by insurance, victims are left hoping for government aid and community support.

With flooded houses, totalled cars, downed power grids and damaged infrastructure, rebuilding from Harvey, which struck southeast Texas and part of Louisiana, will require large-scale mobilisation.

According to the White House, some 100,000 households have been affected by the disaster. Analysts have offered damage estimates varying from $30 billion to $100b.

Chuck Watson of the disaster modelling firm Enki Research told AFPon Friday there was a great deal of uncertainty surrounding estimates so soon after an event of this scale.

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