Beijing: Eighteen people have been killed and 15 others missing as heavy rain lashed south China, the government said on Friday

Rainstorms battered 173 townships, including Guangdong Province's capital Guangzhou, since Thursday, triggering heavy flood and leaving 18 people dead and 15 missing, the Provincial Flood Prevention and Drought Relief Headquarters said.

The water levels of some rivers in Guangdong have surpassed warning lines and an offshoot of the Beijing River saw the worst flooding in a century.

A total of 6.50 lakh people have been affected by the heavy rains and 2,675 houses have been destroyed, it said.

(Agencies)

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