Heavy rain has left 128 people dead and 42 others missing in five days, figures from the Ministry of Civil Affairs showed on Tuesday.
Rain since June 30 has led to the collapse of 41,000 houses and forced the evacuation of more than 1.34 million people, mostly along the Yangtze River and its tributaries.
Nearly 600,000 people are in urgent need of basic living assistance, with 23.3 million threatened by floods.
The rain has destroyed 295,200 hectares of crops.
Floods and landslides are also affecting telecommunication and electricity facilities, halting or delaying traffic in some regions.
The ministry estimated total economic losses of 38.2 billion yuan (5.7 billion U.S. dollars).
The ministry and the National Commission for Disaster Relief started a level-four emergency response in Hunan and Guizhou on Tuesday afternoon and sent teams to help relief work.
Guizhou has been one of the worst-hit provinces, with 44 dead and 20 missing in floods and landslides.
In Hunan 11 people have died.
Hunan upgraded its emergency response to level-two, sending 30 million yuan in cash, food, clothing, tents and quilts to disaster-hit areas.
In Hubei, heavy rain has left 45 people dead and 11 missing, local civil affairs department said. Direct economic losses are estimated at 15.5 billion yuan.
Flooding has disrupted traffic on 10 highways and more than 20 trains were delayed when a boat rammed into a pillar of a railway bridge.
Days of heavy rain has raised water in about 700 km of the Yangtze River from Jianli to Nanjing above the warning levels, but there are no reports of breaches on the main embankment, said Chen Guiya, an official with the Yangtze River Water Resources Commission.
Several small rivers and fish ponds in Hunan and Hubei have overflowed, inundating farmland and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.
Heavy rain was waning in the middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing respite to the region, but a new round of torrential rain is expected in the coming days.
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Thank you Gary for letting us know how different parts of the world are effected--if we care we must know. Gary the animals are dying of starvation due to drought in South Africa--Kruger National Park is under stress as grass can't grow, the rains are not expected until November. Also several parts of Africa has long standing drought, charities are starting to ask for funds for starving children. There are huge populations in these countries and half the population is under 20, so born just to die a few years later of starvation. Vickie
Please keep us all updated with the drought in SA...If you send me a link with info I will be glad to post, that goes with anybody else who has relative info from around the world
When will people wake up and realize what's going on? Tell the U.N. to stop fucking about with the weather! Geo engineering!
Looks like the N.Korean drought is over and they no longer need food aid.
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Thank you for your excellent reporting. Most news here is focused on events the media wants to push...I appreciate knowing worldwide news.
Thank you Mammo
All these natural disasters will increase in the end times before Jesus comes back, the bible is clear about that
Are you right with God by receiving Christ as your saviour? That's what really matters
God controls the Sun spots which controls The worlds weather from space, man has no control over this. This is part of what Jesus foretold in Mathew 24.7 We are in the last days.
We surely are
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