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19/04/2016 08:42 EDT | Actualisé 19/04/2016 08:42 EDT

Au moins sept morts au Texas, frappé par des inondations

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Des inondations à Houston et dans sa région ont entraîné la mort d'au moins sept personnes après de fortes chutes de pluie, ont rapporté mardi les autorités de la quatrième ville la plus peuplée des Etats-Unis.

Selon l'institut de médecine légale du comté de Harris, qui englobe l'agglomération texane dans le sud américain, cinq personnes ont péri dans ce secteur.

Trois hommes et deux femmes ont été retrouvés morts dans des véhicules sur des routes inondées lundi et dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, précise le communiqué de l'institut.

Dans le comté voisin de Waller, un homme est décédé tard dimanche dans des circonstances similaires, toujours selon l'institut.

Le quotidien local The Houston Chronicle rapportait également mardi le décès de ces six personnes, évoquant par ailleurs un septième décès dans le comté d'Austin, à l'ouest de Houston.

Le gouverneur de l'Etat Greg Abbott a déclaré lundi l'état de catastrophe dans neuf comtés, ce qui permet de débloquer des moyens supplémentaires. Il a indiqué lundi que plus de mille personnes avaient été secourues.

Une alerte pour crue soudaine restait en vigueur sur le sud-est du Texas jusqu'à mercredi soir, a prévenu l'Agence américaine océanique et atmosphérique (NOAA) mardi.

Jusqu'à 10 cm de pluie par heure sont tombés sur la région lundi, a indiqué la chaîne météo The Weather Channel, soulignant que des personnes étaient prisonnières des eaux dans leurs maisons ou leurs voitures.

L'antenne de Houston/Galveston du service météorologique national a indiqué sur son compte Twitter que l'aéroport international de Houston avait connu lundi sa deuxième journée la plus pluvieuse depuis le début des relevés.

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    Gabby Aviles carries her daughter Audrey through floodwaters outside their apartment in Houston, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Heavy rains overnight caused flooding in the Houston area. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    In this aerial photo, people prepare to launch a canoe from a flooded parking lot near Bear Creek Park Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Houston. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    In this aerial photo, homes are surrounded by floodwaters near the San Jacinto River Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Channelview, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    In this aerial photo, a building and dump truck are surrounded by floodwaters near the Brazos River Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Rosenberg, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    In this aerial photo, a school playground is covered by floodwaters near the Brazos River Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Rosenberg, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    The Colorado Rivers flows out of its banks Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Wharton, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    The Colorado Rivers flows out of its banks Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Wharton, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    In this aerial photo, a truck sits in floodwaters near Bear Creek Park Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Houston, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    A swollen river flows behind search and rescue volunteer Chad Hartsman of Houston, as he walks through the flood damaged area Friday May, 29, 2015, in San Marcos, Texas. Search efforts continue for those persons who went missing from the Memorial Day weekend floods in Central Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)