Heavy rains kill 18
Heavy storms that swept through several southern Chinese provinces this past week killed 18 people and left four more missing.
The storms have dumped more than 20 centimetres (nearly eight inches) of rainfall in 48 hours on some towns, toppled thousands of homes, and dislocated tens of thousands of residents.
The deaths were caused by house collapses, landslides, drowning or lightning.
Hubei province, where heaviest rainfalls were recorded, reported the highest death toll of 10. The local civil affairs agency said 664,000 people were affected.
Authorities were also trying to dispose of nearly 17,000 pigs that drowned in heavy rain in the south western region.
The official Xinhua News Agency yesterday said foul smell permeated the air at a hog farm where the animals died nearly a week ago in a rain that dumped 39 centimetres (15 inches) in 20 hours.