At least 15 dead in torrential rains in southern China


At least 15 people have died in torrential rains in southern China, state media reported on Saturday.

Eight people died in two building collapses caused by landslides in Fujian Province near China’s east coast, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing the Wuping County Information Office. .

Five other people died and three are missing in Yunnan province, about 1,200 kilometers away in southwest China, state broadcaster CCTV said in an online report.

Three children were swept away by floodwaters in the country of Xincheng in the Guangxi region on Friday, authorities said. Two died and one survived.

The storm damaged roads, bridges and telecommunications and power facilities in Qiubei County, Yunnan, about 130 kilometers north of the border with Vietnam.

In Fujian, five victims were found Friday in a collapsed factory building and three others in a collapsed residential building, Xinhua said.

Heavy rains began Thursday evening in Wuping County, located about 210 kilometers inland from the coastal city of Xiamen.

Video posted online showed streets flooded with muddy water and some roads partially washed away.

The storm damaged crops, knocked out power and destroyed 39 homes in the county, state media said, forcing more than 1,600 people to flee.