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Moscow streets flooded after heavy rain

Published 15/08/2016

A view of the river after it overflowed its banks in Moscow, Russia (AP)
A view of the river after it overflowed its banks in Moscow, Russia (AP)

Heavy rain in Moscow has caused a river to burst its banks and flooded streets, trapping people in cars and buses.

About 200 people had to be evacuated from stalled vehicles on Monday, Russian state news organisations said. No injuries were reported.

By early evening 92mm (3.7in) of rain had fallen in Moscow, which is well over the monthly average for August, the weather service said.

In the morning, drivers and pedestrians were struggling to navigate flooded streets and pavements across the city as the rain pelted down and drainage systems failed to cope.

The worst flooding occurred in north-eastern Moscow, where the Yauza River burst its banks. The flooding closed streets and snarled traffic.

AP

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