Historic-level rains lashed the cities of Guangzhou, Zhaoqing and Qingyuan and triggered floods, mudslides and the collapse of 1,143 houses, according to the Xinhua News Agency. About 21,000 people have been evacuated in the region, while in the city of Pingxiang, 5,000 remained trapped by floodwaters at noon on Sunday.
Heavy rains have battered the region since last week, with 628 millimetres accumulating in the city of Shanwei in Guangdong province since Wednesday. About 200 millimetres of rain were recorded over a 24-hour period this weekend in Liuyang city in Hunan province.
In Jiangxi Province, two people died and over 84,500 people were displaced by heavy rain and flooding.