A chemical plant near the flooded US city of Houston is expected to explode and catch fire in the coming days.

During heavy rainfall from hurricane Harvey, the Arkema plant at Crosby lost the ability to refrigerate chemical compounds that need to be kept cool.

The company said there was no way to prevent an explosion.

At least 33 people have been killed in the aftermath of the storm, which the US national weather service has now downgraded to a tropical depression.

 

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