Heavy rains in several provinces of China this past week have left 18 dead and four others missing, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
The deaths were caused by landslides, drowning, lighting or house collapses.
The ministry said on Monday that thousands of homes destroyed, tens of thousands of residents were dislodged as a result of the storms dumped more than 20 centimetres of rainfall in 48 hours.
Highest death toll of 10 was reported in Hubei province, where heaviest rainfalls were recorded.
The storms affected 527,000 people in the neighbouring province of Hunan.
Another five people were reported dead in the municipality of Chongqing, two dead in Guizhou province, and one in Anhui province.
Nearly 17,000 pigs, drowned in heavy rain in southwestern region of Guangxi, were tried to be defaecated by authorities.
Foul smell permeated the air at a hog farm when the animals died nearly a week ago in a heavy rain that dumped 39 centimetres in 20 hours on the village of Liuye, said the official Xinhua News Agency on Saturday.