The United States city of Houston has imposed an overnight curfew since Tuesday night to prevent incidents of looting and armed robberies, as it battles the impact of Hurricane Harvey, Reuters reported quoting city officials.
The mayor previously announced the curfew would start from 10:00 p.m. (0300 GMT) to 5:00 a.m. (1000 GMT). Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned.
“There are too many people from across our city, too many residents, that are out of their homes and they are in shelters”, Turner announced at a press conference.
But the effects of widespread flooding prompted by almost 50 inches (1.27 meters) of rainfall have overburdened search and rescue efforts.
The curfew will run from midnight to 5 a.m. for an indefinite period.
“No one needs to be on the road or out from ten to five”, Mayor Turner said in a statement.
The storm has dumped record rainfall, leaving large parts of the city underwater, homes destroyed and at least 15 people reported dead, the BBC said.
Turner said the curfew would help prevent “property crimes” against evacuated homes, and was in force “only to prevent potential criminal acts”. Almost 9,000 residents filled shelters around the city.