Officials say at least 21 people have died in the Dominican Republic after heavy rain over the weekend, which displaced thousands of residents.

An investigation has been launched after nine people died when torrential rain caused a highway tunnel wall to collapse in the capital, Santo Domingo.

More than 13,000 people were evacuated to secure areas after heavy downpours.

The Emergency Operations Center said rain caused flooding, power cuts, and damaged bridges and roads.

Three children were among those killed.

Dominican President Luis Abinader called it the “largest rainfall event ever” in the country’s history, following torrential storms over the past 48 hours.

The Caribbean nation has been battered by torrential rainfall, with footage on social media showing torrents of water flowing through streets and washing away vehicles.