An aerial shot of submerged buildings after heavy rainfall in Hengyang city, central China & Hunan's province on Tuesday. The heaviest average rainfall to hit a stretch of South and East China in more than half a century caused torrential rains and floods that destroyed homes, damaged crops and forced the evacuation of nearly 80,000 people, state media said.

The heaviest average rainfall to hit a stretch of South and East China in more than half a century caused torrential rains and floods that destroyed homes, damaged crops and forced the evacuation of nearly 80,000 people, state media said.

Even more rain is expected, state broadcaster CCTV said today, after the average rainfall in the affected areas this week was recorded as 51 percent higher than in the corresponding periods of previous years, and the largest since 1961.

Aerial photos and images released by Xinhua News show rows of half-sunken buildings and flooded streets in some of the hardest hit areas, including the southeastern province of Jiangxi and neighboring Hunan.

An aerial shot of submerged buildings after heavy rainfall in Hengyang city, central China & Hunan's province on Tuesday. The heaviest average rainfall to hit a stretch of South and East China in more than half a century caused torrential rains and floods that destroyed homes, damaged crops and forced the evacuation of nearly 80,000 people, state media said.

An aerial shot of submerged buildings after heavy rainfall in Hengyang city, central China & Hunan's province on Tuesday. The heaviest average rainfall to hit a stretch of South and East China in more than half a century caused torrential rains and floods that destroyed homes, damaged crops and forced the evacuation of nearly 80,000 people, state media said.

An aerial view of houses and farmland submerged in high tide in Mawei Town in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province on Wednesday. Even more rain is expected, state broadcaster CCTV said today, after the average rainfall in the affected areas this week was recorded as 51 percent higher than in the corresponding periods of previous years, and the largest since 1961.

An aerial view of houses and farmland submerged in high tide in Mawei Town in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province on Wednesday. Even more rain is expected, state broadcaster CCTV said today, after the average rainfall in the affected areas this week was recorded as 51 percent higher than in the corresponding periods of previous years, and the largest since 1961.

An aerial view of houses and farmland submerged in high tide in Mawei Town in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province on Wednesday. Even more rain is expected, state broadcaster CCTV said today, after the average rainfall in the affected areas this week was recorded as 51 percent higher than in the corresponding periods of previous years, and the largest since 1961.

Rescue workers wade through flood water while evacuating a woman with an inflatable pool in a street in Pingxiang, Jiangxi

Rescue workers wade through flood water while evacuating a woman with an inflatable pool in a street in Pingxiang, Jiangxi

Rescue workers wade through flood water while evacuating a woman with an inflatable pool in a street in Pingxiang, Jiangxi

Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangxi received an average rainfall of 476 millimeters (18.7 inches), the Chinese Meteorological Administration said in a statement today.

Trains along the Beijing-Guangzhou railroad were delayed after rising waters blocked a bridge in Hunan, CCTV added.

The latest installment has led to losses of 2.69 billion yuan (£ 311 million), with 126,100 acres (311,600 acres) of damaged farmland and 1,600 homes collapsed, the Department of Emergency Management has estimated.

The latest installment has led to losses of 2.69 billion yuan (£ 311 million), with 126,100 acres (311,600 acres) of damaged farmland and 1,600 homes collapsed, the Department of Emergency Management has estimated. Above, the submerged streets of Hengyang, central Hunan province on Tuesday

The latest installment has led to losses of 2.69 billion yuan (£ 311 million), with 126,100 acres (311,600 acres) of damaged farmland and 1,600 homes collapsed, the Department of Emergency Management has estimated. Upstairs, the submerged streets of Hengyang, central Hunan province on Tuesday

The latest installment has led to losses of 2.69 billion yuan (£ 311 million), with 126,100 acres (311,600 acres) of damaged farmland and 1,600 homes collapsed, the Department of Emergency Management has estimated. Upstairs, the submerged streets of Hengyang, central Hunan province on Tuesday

Aerial photos and images released by Xinhua News show rows of half-sunken buildings and flooded streets in some of the hardest hit areas, including the southeastern province of Jiangxi and neighboring Hunan. Upstairs, floods in farmland in Rong Province, the southern Guangxi region on Tuesday

Aerial photos and images released by Xinhua News show rows of half-sunken buildings and flooded streets in some of the hardest hit areas, including the southeastern province of Jiangxi and neighboring Hunan. Upstairs, floods in farmland in Rong Province, the southern Guangxi region on Tuesday

Aerial photos and images released by Xinhua News show rows of half-sunken buildings and flooded streets in some of the hardest hit areas, including the southeastern province of Jiangxi and neighboring Hunan. Upstairs, floods in farmland in Rong Province, the southern Guangxi region on Tuesday

Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangxi received an average rainfall of 476 millimeters (18.7 inches), the Chinese Meteorological Administration said in a statement today. Above, residents stand on a bank of a river near the rubble of a bridge damaged by flooding after heavy rainfall in Nanjing, Fujian province on Tuesday

Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangxi received an average rainfall of 476 millimeters (18.7 inches), the Chinese Meteorological Administration said in a statement today. Above, residents stand on a bank of a river near the rubble of a bridge damaged by flooding after heavy rainfall in Nanjing, Fujian province on Tuesday

Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangxi received an average rainfall of 476 millimeters (18.7 inches), the Chinese Meteorological Administration said in a statement today. Above, residents stand on a bank of a river near the rubble of a bridge damaged by flooding after heavy rainfall in Nanjing, Fujian province on Tuesday

Aerial view of houses and farmland submerged in high tide in Mawei Town on Wednesday in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province

Aerial view of houses and farmland submerged in high tide in Mawei Town on Wednesday in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province

Aerial view of houses and farmland submerged in high tide in Mawei Town on Wednesday in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province

Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area after heavy rains in Hengyang in the center of Hunan province on Tuesday

Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area after heavy rains in Hengyang in the center of Hunan province on Tuesday

Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area after heavy rains in Hengyang in the center of Hunan province on Tuesday

More than 1.63 million people in the seven regions & provinces Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou have been affected, he added that at least four deaths have been reported.

Rescue operations are still ongoing in some regions.

Hunan, Jiangxi, and East Zhejiang are expected to be flooded again with a new outburst of torrential rains on Friday and Saturday, weather officials said, along with central Hubei, eastern Anhui, and Guizhou province in the southwest.

The Yangtze River in Jiangxi is expected to exceed this warning level for the first time this year around Sunday, swollen by heavy rain that could last until Tuesday, the state television said.

More than 1.63 million people in the seven regions & provinces Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou have been affected, officials said, and four deaths have been reported. Above, Mawei city in Jiangxi province

More than 1.63 million people in the seven regions & provinces Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou have been affected, officials said, and four deaths have been reported. Above, Mawei city in Jiangxi province

More than 1.63 million people in the seven regions & provinces Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou have been affected, officials said, and four deaths have been reported. Above, Mawei city in Jiangxi province

Rescuers use a boat to evacuate detained residents in Pingxiang, Jiangxi Province on Tuesday. Trains along the Beijing-Guangzhou railroad were delayed after rising waters blocked a bridge in Hunan, CCTV added

Rescuers use a boat to evacuate detained residents in Pingxiang, Jiangxi Province on Tuesday. Trains along the Beijing-Guangzhou railroad were delayed after rising waters blocked a bridge in Hunan, CCTV added

Rescuers use a boat to evacuate detained residents in Pingxiang, Jiangxi Province on Tuesday. Trains along the Beijing-Guangzhou railroad were delayed after rising waters blocked a bridge in Hunan, CCTV added

The Yangtze River in Jiangxi is expected to exceed this warning level for the first time this year around Sunday, swollen by heavy rain that could last until Tuesday, the state television said. Above, Mawei city immersed in high tide in Jiangxi province

The Yangtze River in Jiangxi is expected to exceed this warning level for the first time this year around Sunday, swollen by heavy rain that could last until Tuesday, the state television said. Above, Mawei city immersed in high tide in Jiangxi province

The Yangtze River in Jiangxi is expected to exceed this warning level for the first time this year around Sunday, swollen by heavy rain that could last until Tuesday, the state television said. Above, Mawei city immersed in high tide in Jiangxi province

Extreme weather is becoming more common in China, with temperatures in some parts reaching records this year. Above, vehicles are on Tuesday in a flooded street in Pingxiang, Jiangxi province

Extreme weather is becoming more common in China, with temperatures in some parts reaching records this year. Above, vehicles are on Tuesday in a flooded street in Pingxiang, Jiangxi province

Extreme weather is becoming more common in China, with temperatures in some parts reaching records this year. Above, vehicles are on Tuesday in a flooded street in Pingxiang, Jiangxi province

Extreme weather is becoming more common in China, with temperatures in some parts reaching records this year.

Weather officials warned on July 3 that rainfall in the south could exceed 30 percent to 70 percent over a 10-day period.

Last week, a crazy tornado swept through Kaiyuan, a provincial-level city in Liaoning Province, at speeds of around 23 meters per second (51 miles per hour) before weakening after about 15 minutes.

The tornado left six people dead and another 190 injured. Nearly 3,600 homes were damaged and more than 9,900 residents were affected in the city of about half a million people, according to CCTV.

Dramatic footage filmed by the locals last Wednesday shows the cyclone rushing through the city's economic zone, uprooting trees, flying stones and flipping over parked cars.

Residents in Pingxiang, Jiangxi are being evacuated. Weather officials warned on July 3 that rainfall in the south could surpass the average by 30 percent to 70 percent over a 10-day period

Residents in Pingxiang, Jiangxi are being evacuated. Weather officials warned on July 3 that rainfall in the south could surpass the average by 30 percent to 70 percent over a 10-day period

Residents in Pingxiang, Jiangxi are being evacuated. Weather officials warned on July 3 that rainfall in the south could surpass the average by 30 percent to 70 percent over a 10-day period

Residents clean up their belongings at home after the water in Wuyishan, Fujian province, has been taken away on Wednesday

Residents clean up their belongings at home after the water in Wuyishan, Fujian province, has been taken away on Wednesday

Residents clean up their belongings at home after the water in Wuyishan, Fujian province, has been taken away on Wednesday

The heaviest average rainfall to hit a stretch of South and East China in more than half a century caused torrential rains and floods that destroyed homes, damaged crops and forced the evacuation of nearly 80,000 people, state media said. A team of rescue workers is sent above to help residents of Yichun, Jiangxi Province, on Tuesday

The heaviest average rainfall to hit a stretch of South and East China in more than half a century caused torrential rains and floods that destroyed homes, damaged crops and forced the evacuation of nearly 80,000 people, state media said. A team of rescue workers is sent above to help residents of Yichun, Jiangxi Province, on Tuesday

The heaviest average rainfall to hit a stretch of South and East China in more than half a century caused torrential rains and floods that destroyed homes, damaged crops and forced the evacuation of nearly 80,000 people, state media said. A team of rescue workers is sent above to help residents of Yichun, Jiangxi Province, on Tuesday

Villagers row a boat on a flooded road in Mawei Town on Tuesday in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province. The heaviest average rainfall to hit a strip of South and East China in more than half a century caused torrential rains and floods that destroyed homes, damaged crops and forced the evacuation of nearly 80,000 people, state media said.

Villagers row a boat on a flooded road in Mawei Town on Tuesday in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province. The heaviest average rainfall to hit a strip of South and East China in more than half a century caused torrential rains and floods that destroyed homes, damaged crops and forced the evacuation of nearly 80,000 people, state media said.

Villagers row a boat on a flooded road in Mawei Town on Tuesday in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province. The heaviest average rainfall to hit a strip of South and East China in more than half a century caused torrential rains and floods that destroyed homes, damaged crops and forced the evacuation of nearly 80,000 people, state media said.

Firefighters rescue a trapped boy from a building in a flooded area after the rainstorm in Hengyang, Hunan on Tuesday

Firefighters rescue a trapped boy from a building in a flooded area after the rainstorm in Hengyang, Hunan on Tuesday

Firefighters rescue a trapped boy from a building in a flooded area after the rainstorm in Hengyang, Hunan on Tuesday

Aerial photos released by state media show rows of half-sunken houses and flooded streets in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province

Aerial photos released by state media show rows of half-sunken houses and flooded streets in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province

Aerial photos released by state media show rows of half-sunken houses and flooded streets in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province

A resident rows a boat along a submerged street after heavy rainfall in Rongan province, Guangxi region. The latest installment resulted in losses of 2.69 billion yuan (£ 311 million), with 126,100 acres (311,600 acres) of damaged farmland and 1,600 homes collapsed, the Ministry of Emergency Management has estimated

A resident rows a boat along a submerged street after heavy rainfall in Rongan province, Guangxi region. The latest installment resulted in losses of 2.69 billion yuan (£ 311 million), with 126,100 acres (311,600 acres) of damaged farmland and 1,600 homes collapsed, the Ministry of Emergency Management has estimated

A resident rows a boat along a submerged street after heavy rainfall in Rongan province, Guangxi region. The latest installment resulted in losses of 2.69 billion yuan (£ 311 million), with 126,100 acres (311,600 acres) of damaged farmland and 1,600 homes collapsed, the Ministry of Emergency Management has estimated

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