Texas Flooding: 8 dead in Houston after heavy rains

Texas Flooding

Severe flooding has claimed the lives of at least eight people in Houston, Texas, and over 1,200 have been rescued. Large sections of the Houston metro region are under water on Tuesday, with waters reaching a depth of 15 feet in some locations.

The massive flooding was caused by heavy rain, which fell at a rate of 4 inches per hour Monday. Between 10 and 20 inches of rain fell on parts of Harris county. Damns are in danger of breaking, and drivers trapped in their vehicles on flooded roads are at particularly high risk of drowning.

Learn more about severe flooding in Houston, Texas (The Weather Channel)

7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Ecuador

ecuador earthquake

A powerful earthquake struck Ecuador about 8 pm on Saturday, affecting the capital of Quito, and the city of Guayaquil, among other places, and triggering Tsunami warnings along the coast.

The 7.8 magnitude quake’s epicenter was off the northwest Pacific coast, and at least 28 people are dead, along with structural damage, and much fear and confusion. Parts of the capital were without electricity and telephone service, following the quake, but residents successfully communicated using whatsapp on their smart phones.

The temblor follows an earlier earthquake and tremors in Japan that killed 32 people in Kumamoto province, and 9 on Thursday.

Learn more about Ecuadoran Earthquake (Reuters)