At least 13 dead as heavy rain lashes central China
Updated 22:51, 06-Aug-2019

Updated at 10:30 p.m. BJT

At least 13 people have been killed following heavy downpours and floods in central China's Hubei Province, according to the rescue command center.

Search and rescue operations have been completed.

Emergency relief materials have been put in place and roads in the flood-stricken area have been essentially restored.

Updated at 1:35 p.m. BJT

At least eight people were killed, and eight others remain missing as heavy rain lashes Shiyan city, central China's Hubei Province, on Tuesday, according to local authorities.

The rain hit Yunyang District at around 4:00 a.m., causing flash floods in a local village.

Twelve people have been rescued so far. Those whose houses collapsed were relocated to Lijiagou Primary School by the local government. The authorities also set up medical points to help those injured during the ordeal.

The rain has also cut off roads and power in parts of the city. Rescue efforts are in progress.

The local government issued a red alert for the rainstorm, the highest in China's four-color alert system, noting high risks in flash floods, geological hazards and river flooding.