Flooding, landslides and other disasters caused by record rainfall in southern China have reportedly affected more than 5 million people.
Intermittent heavy rain has continued since last month in Guangdong Province and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, both in southern China, as well as Hunan Province in inland China and three other areas.
Chinese weather authorities said average rainfall in the provinces of Guangdong and Fujian as well as the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region from May 1 through last Wednesday reached 621 millimeters each. This is the highest level for the season since 1961.
The rain caused flooding and landslides and destroyed houses in many of those areas.
Chinese media said over 5 million people have been affected, including those who were killed or injured.
The authorities warn that the impact of floods is likely to increase in Guangdong Province and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region until later on Wednesday. Local authorities are calling on those living along local rivers to evacuate.