Heavy rain causes Moscow river to overflow, floods streets

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

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

The weather service said that by early evening 92 millimeters (3.7 inches) of rain had fallen in Moscow, which is well over the monthly average for August.

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

The worst flooding occurred in northeastern Moscow where the Yauza River burst its banks. The flooding closed streets and snarled traffic.