The streets of Houston flooded after storm

The streets of Houston flooded after storm
Large parts of Houston in Texas are flooded after several days of heavy rainfall.

At least 16 people have died in Texas and Oklahoma as a result of the storm, four of them in Houston, where many of the streets are transformed into raging rivers.

Many more people are missing, and the death toll is expected to rise in the coming days. In Mexico at least 13 people lost their lives when a tornado that was part of the same storm system hit Ciudad Acuña near the border of Texas on Sunday.

Over 280 millimeters of rain fell in a few hours in Houston, which is America's fourth most populous city. The floods are the worst in at least ten years, and the rainfall is expected to continue. There are also warnings of tornadoes and thunderstorms.

About a thousand cars, many of them full of water, are abandoned by their owners in Houston's streets and roads, and spectators at a stadium where a basketball game in the NBA playoffs was played, were trapped by the flooding.

Hundreds of houses are destroyed, bridges are washed away, and in a cemetery a coffin was washed out of the ground and ended ashore along a stream. The fire department has brought 500 people to safety with boats.

Instead of driving many have used kayaks and surfboards to get around in the city.

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