Beyoncé, Drake And More Lead Relief Efforts Following Hurricane Harvey

Several celebrities are leading the charge to help victims of the hurricane.

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In response to the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and southeastern Texas over the weekend, several A-list celebrities have rallied for the relief efforts, asking friends and fans to donate to organisations that can help victims of the catastrophic flood.

In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Beyoncé has announce she's working with her own philanthropic organisation BeyGOOD to help her hometown.

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She said: 'My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help.

'I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John's in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can,' she added.

Toronto native Drake - who has lived in Houston for the last eight years - said that he and DJ Future the Prince are working with local relief groups 'to aid and assist the people of Texas in anyway we can and in the most immediate way possible'.

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Meanwhile, comedian Kevin Hart reportedly donated £20,000 ($25,000) to the Red Cross and asked his Jumanji co-star Dwayne Johnson, comics Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld to do the same.

Country singer Chris Young later posted an emotional YouTube video revealing his thoughts his Texas home had been destroyed before revealing he had donated £77,000 ($100,000) to relief efforts to a GoFundMe campaign to benefit the Red Cross.

During the MTV Video Music Awards Awards on Sunday night, host Katy Perry raised awareness of the floods and urged viewers to donate to the Red Cross.

'All of us here at the VMAs are sending love to the people of southeastern Texas and everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey right now,' the singer said onstage.

'We're praying for your safety in the days to come and we stand with you as you rebuild because we're all in this together,' she added.

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According to the LA Times, Hurricane Harvey is one of the worst natural disasters in the state's history, bringing with it a tropical storm and dropping up to 24 inches of rain on Houston in the first 24 hours.

It is forecasted that up to 20 inches (51cm) of further rain will hit the region today, before moving to southern Louisiana, where a federal state of emergency has been declared.

Our thoughts go out to those in Texas right now.

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