White House expected to request US$5.9 billion in emergency Harvey funds

VIDEO: REUTERS
VIDEO: REUTERS
Alan Ruter helps clean out a friend's home in Houston, Sept 1, 2017.
Alan Ruter helps clean out a friend's home in Houston, Sept 1, 2017.PHOTO: NYTIMES

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House is expected to ask Congress for around US$5.9 billion (S$8 billion) in emergency aid in the wake of mega storm Harvey, which left swathes of Texas and Louisiana inundated, a US government official told AFP.

The emergency funding request is expected to come as soon as Friday. President Donald Trump said earlier that his administration was "working on emergency funding."

(This story is developing)