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Torrential rain in Moscow beats century-old record

A sewer overflows during floods in Moscow on August 15, 2016 © AFP / Vasily Maximov

Moscow, Russian Federation, Aug 15 – Torrential rains in Moscow on Monday beat a 129-year-old record for the heaviest August downpours, the state weather service said.

Muscovites splashed through flooded streets after more than 48 millimetres (1.9 inches) of rainfall hit the city, authorities said, nearly double the previous maximum recorded back in 1887.

“This is a new historical record for mid-August,” the meteorological centre said in a statement.

“The last record of 25.2 millimetres of precipitation was recorded in 1887.”

The downpour saw a tributary of the Moskva River break its banks in northeastern Moscow and flooded at least one station in the city’s sprawling subway system.

Emergency services said they had rescued some 80 people trapped in their cars and a bus on a flooded street in southern Moscow.

The rains, which are also falling in central and southern Russian regions, have been relentless since Sunday and are expected to continue throughout Monday night.

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