State of disaster declared in U.S. state of Texas

HOUSTON — A state of disaster was declared in the U.S. state of Texas on Monday after the Lone Star state was hit by severe rain and flooding.

The state of disaster, which was declared by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, covers nearly 20 counties, including Angelina, Harrison, Liberty and Madison, according to local TV station ABC13.

The Texas governor said in a statement that the state is assisting with evacuations in three East Texas counties and stands ready to assist in swift water rescues.

State officials of Texas and Louisiana were considering closure of Interstate 10 near the state line on Tuesday morning as a result of flooding.

Last week, heavy rains forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in East Texas, as floodwaters rose in several Gulf Coast states.

Over the past days, two fishermen went missing in Mississippi; three people were killed in Louisiana and another person died in Oklahoma as a result of the natural disaster. PNA/Xinhua/