Houston drivers are getting worse and worse

Death and destruction in the Texas floods

American television broadcasters show pictures of the devastation from Texas and Oklahoma. Texas Governor Greg Abbott reported that the rivers were "tsunami-style" swelling. While the worst seems to be over in Mexico, the death toll continues to rise in the southern United States. There have been more than 30 deaths in the region after the tornadoes and torrential rains so far, at least 17 of them in the United States.

Some drivers were locked in their vehicles, others left their cars in panic

And this is only a preliminary, incomplete record. Dozens of people are still missing in the sometimes chaotic conditions. Rescue teams are on duty day and night in the disaster areas with helicopters and boats.

The authorities complained that many motorists were among the dead who carelessly put themselves in danger. Governor Abbott warned that the water could pull heavy vehicles with it. Houston Mayor Annise Parker said many people drove into the flood and then left their vehicles behind.

Land under in Texas and Oklahoma

The Wimberley region in Texas is one of the hardest hit, with 400 buildings destroyed by the floods and around 1,000 damaged there alone. Parts of Texas and Oklahoma have been declared disaster areas. South of the Texas city of Austin, the masses of water washed away a holiday home with twelve people - the house later hit a bridge, according to the police.

In Ciudad Acuña in northern Mexico, the emergency services continued the clean-up work. They cleared away rubble with excavators, cranes and trucks. On Monday, a tornado hit the city in the state of Coahuila on the border with the United States and devastated entire streets. President Enrique Peña Nieto inspected the emergency areas and promised revenge aid.

SC / kle (rtre, APE, afpe, dpa)