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Cars and houses submerged in severe flooding in Moscow

Moscow has been hit by heavy rainfall, with dramatic footage apparently showing severe flooding in the Russian capital.

Videos shared on social media and reported on Russian media site Meduza appeared to show cars and buses submerged in water, with people wading through the waist-deep flooding in some areas.

Roads were flooded in the north of the city, flooding underground car parks and shopping centres, it added.

The heavy showers on Thursday triggered an “orange” weather warning for rain and “yellow” alert for thunderstorms.

Russian state media reported that almost a month’s worth of rain fell in some areas of Moscow in a few hours, citing the capital’s authorities.

Forecasters said that since the beginning of June, 162 per cent of monthly precipitation had already fallen in Moscow.

The transport department said that trains on the capital’s metro were disrupted due to the heavy rain.

The Russian news website Mash reported people “floating along multi-storey buildings on Klyazminskaya Street” north of the city.

“Cars are drifting nearby, the storm drain can’t cope with the volume of water. The street is blocked,” the media outlet said, adding that residents in the nearby Dmitrovsky Park apartment complex reported flooding in the underground car park.

It comes after the south-western city of Orenburg, near Russia’s border with Kazakhstan, was hit by extreme flooding in April, the worst seen since 1942, according to reports.

The floods submerged nearly 18,000 homes in the region, Russia’s Tass news agency reported, with Kurgan and Orenburg hit the hardest.

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