Beijing: At least 53 people were killed and several others reported missing in rain and hailstorms in south China, state media reported on Friday.
Earlier, official Xinhua news agency reported that rainstorms have triggered flooding and landslides in some places.
Officials have been sent to undertake disaster relief operations in worst-hit Guangdong and Jiangxi Province.
In Guangdong, rainstorms battered 173 townships in five cities, including the provincial capital Guangzhou, triggering heavy flooding in some areas.
The water levels of some rivers in Guangdong have surpassed warning lines, and an offshoot of the Beijiang River saw the worst flooding in a century, according to the headquarters.
A total of 6.50 lakh people in the province have been affected by the heavy rains and 2,675 houses have been destroyed, the report said.