At least 13 people have been killed and 13 others remain missing after heavy rains caused flash floods and landslides across a number of provinces in China. The rain and ensuing disasters also destroyed 754 houses, seriously damaged another 408 and ruined 20,200 hectares of crops.
Floods had left three people dead in Jiangxi, according to the provincial civil affairs department. So far, 21,000 people in the province have been relocated to safer places.
In Hunan, continuous rain resulted in swollen rivers, landslides and mud-rock flows. Three people died in Hengshan County, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters on Wednesday.
Beijing's Meteorological Center issued an orange alert for heavy rain on Wednesday, advising not to take nonessential travel and to be aware of landslides in mountainous regions. China has a four-tier color-coded system for severe weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.
Heavy rains hit large part of China on Tuesday. Torrential rain will hit parts of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Liaoning, Jilin, Inner Mongolia, Shandong, Henan, Jiangsu, Anhui, Hubei, Hunan and Yunnan from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon.
Rainstorms on Wednesday caused widespread disruption in the Chinese capital, Beijing. Heavy rain has stopped some train service and around 200 flights have been postponed or canceled, also some subway stations were closed.