New Delhi, September 9: Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday said it is monitoring the situation in the United States of America, Venezuela, France and the Netherlands after Hurricane Irma hit the region. In a series of tweets, Spokesperson Ravish Kumar said Indian missions in the countries were in constant touch to ensure the protection of the citizens.

The ministry appeared alert after Hurricane Harvey depredated the properties in Texas last month. At least two students of the University of Houston died after drowning in Bryan Lake. Nikhil Bhatia and Shalini Singh were pursuing Master in Public health in the University.

Kumar tweeted, “Our missions in Venezuela, the Netherlands, France and the US are constantly monitoring the situation following destruction due to hurricane Irma. They are in constant touch with the Indian diaspora affected by Irma and with local government officials to provide all possible assistance.”

At least 5.6 million people were evacuated in Florida in order to minimise the loss of life and property. Florida hurricane programme manager, Andrew Sussman said late Friday night that about 5.6 million Floridians have received the evacuation order due to the mortal threat that Irma poses, now a Category 4 hurricane and whose effects are expected to be felt statewide.

Florida Power and Light Company (FPL), a leading provider of electricity in the state, has anticipated that at least 4.1 million clients will lose power as a result of the impact of Irma approaching Florida.

According to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC), projections indicate that Irma would pass more towards the western coast of the state, away from Miami which has the highest population density.