Floods, landslides hit China, '15 dead'

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At least 15 people have died in torrential rains across southern China, state media reports.

Eight died in two building collapses from landslides in Fujian province, near China's east coast, the official Xinhua News Agency said on Saturday.

Five others died and three were missing in Yunnan province, about 1200 kilometres away in southwest China, state broadcaster CCTV said.

Three children were swept away by floodwaters on Friday in Xincheng country in the Guangxi region, authorities said. Two died and one survived.

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

In Fujian, five victims were found in a collapsed factory building and three others in a destroyed residential property on Friday, Xinhua said.

Heavy rain started on Thursday evening in Wuping county, inland from the coastal city of Xiamen.

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

The storm damaged crops, cut power and destroyed 39 houses in the county, state media said. More than 1600 people were evacuated.

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