Texas state governor Greg Abbott said the $7.8bn ‘downpayment’ requested by the White House will not be enough to repair the damage in Texas

It will cost more than the $120bn it took to rebuild New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to carry out a similar restoration of the areas of Texas devastated over the last week, according to state governor Greg Abbott.

Abbott said the $7.8bn “downpayment” requested by the White House would not be enough to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, which has displaced more than one million people, resulted in at least 44 deaths and damaged 185,000 homes in Houston alone.

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