Flooding caused by unusual winter rains has killed five children and two women in central Mexico.

The dead include three boys aged 8, 12 and 14, and two girls aged 3 and 6. Flooding has also killed a 19-year-old and an unidentified woman.

The Michoacan state director of civil defense said Thursday the three younger children were killed when a swollen river flooded their house in the town of Tuxpan.

The Public Safety Department in neighboring Guanajuato state said the two older boys drowned when they tried to cross a rain-swollen stream Wednesday.

The rains caused some flooding and power outages in Mexico City, where water services director Ramon Aguirre said "this rainfall is completely atypical for the month of February."