TORRENTIAL rain has swept across large parts of south China over the past few days, disrupting the lives of millions of residents.
The provinces of Hunan, Guizhou, Jiangxi and Sichuan, as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, reported several days of downpours, triggering floods or landslides in some areas.
Rainstorms affected nearly 740,000 people in Jiangxi and forced 17,500 residents to relocate.
Xie Chunji, a 64-year-old farmer from the village of Dalong in the city of Ji'an, pulled his wife and three grandsons out of their house before it collapsed on Monday morning.
Xie said he sensed danger and woke his family at 5am, as their adobe house, located halfway up a hill, was threatened by landslides.
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