25 people have been killed after a week of torrential rain in China as the resulting floods displaced 33,200 residents, including many in its poor, remote regions.
China’s Civil Affairs Ministry says 4 million people in 10 provinces have been affected by floods since heavy rainfall began Monday.
Six people are still missing.
Online footage showed submerged homes and cars being swept away as near record levels of rainfall hit southwestern China.
Earlier this week, the South China Morning Post reported China’s national flood control authorities putting in force emergency response measures for heavy rainfall forecast up to Friday along the Gan, Xiang and Xi rivers in central and southern areas of the country.
According to the paper, this was the first flood control emergency response launched this summer, and authorities described the flood control situation as “grim”.
Torrential rain was predicted to affect 1 million sq km, more than one 10th of the country’s territory.
The provinces to be hit by the heavy downpour included Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong and the Guangxi region, according to the Central Meteorological Administration.
Additional reporting by Associated Press