Torrential rainstorms in Texas

Dozens of vehicles submerged by floodwaters on Interstate Highway 45 in Houston, Texas, USA (AP)

Dozens of vehicles submerged by floodwaters on Interstate Highway 45 in Houston, Texas, USA (AP)


Authorities fear at least 20 have died and many others are missing following torrential rains in Texas which led to flash flooding.

Houston had about one-quarter of its yearly rainfall in less than 24 hours which swamped neighbourhoods and major highways with hundreds of drivers forced to abandon their vehicles.

A dam southwest of Dallas is bursting at the seams but officials believe it will hold.

Forecasters say more rain is expected over the next few days.

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