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15 dead and 3 missing after torrential rains in southern China
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Chinese state media reported Saturday (May 28) that at least 15 people have died in torrential rains across the country's south.

The official Xinhua News Agency said, citing the Wuping county information office, eight died in two building collapses from landslides in Fujian province, near China's east coast.

State broadcaster CCTV said in an online report, five others died and three were missing in Yunnan province, about 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) away in southwestern China.

Authorities said that three children were swept away by floodwaters Friday in Xincheng country in the Guangxi region. Two died and one survived.

At least 15 people have died in torrential rains across southern China Saturday (May 28)

The storm damaged roads, bridges and telecommunications and power facilities in Yunnan's Qiubei county, which is about 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of the border with Vietnam.

Xinhua said that in Fujian, five victims were found in a collapsed factory building and three others in a collapsed residential building on Friday (May 27).

Heavy rain started Thursday evening (May 26) in Wuping county, which is about 210 kilometers (130 miles) inland from the coastal city of Xiamen.

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Video posted online showed streets flooded with muddy water and some roads partially washed away.

State media said that the storm damaged crops, cut power and destroyed 39 houses in the county. More than 1,600 people were evacuated.