At least 110 people have been killed in China due to heavy rains since last Sunday which have triggered landslides and swollen rivers forcing authorities to evacuate 1.4 million to safety.
The worst affected is eastern province of Fujian where the death toll mounted to 31 after six more bodies were recovered in Gaosha Town, Shaxian County.
Twelve of the 19 missing people were found dead and seven survived, after a landslide struck Gaosha Town yesterday, a spokesman from the Sanming municipal government said. Landslides have also left three missing in Fujia, Xinhua reported.
In neighbouring Zhejiang Province, nine people died Friday in two landslides.
In southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, a farm worker was killed and six others are missing after a landslide hit a work shed in a village in Rongshui County early Friday.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs meanwhile said that the heavy rains that began pounding south China since Sunday last have left 69 dead, 44 missing and forced the evacuation of 1.4 million people in Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces as well as in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
The rainstorms have caused economic losses of 6.5 billion yuan (USD 952 million), the ministry said.
The torrential downpours have also triggered flash floods, caused rivers to swell, inundated crops, and disrupted traffic and telecommunication.
Meanwhile in Guangxi, nine local officials were punished for dereliction of duty in monitoring the flood.
Among them were Communist Party Secretary Yan Bogui and Li Tonghua, government head of Cangwu county, where a reservoir monitor was caught playing poker, China Daily reported.