|A villager tries to collect his belongings on the ruins of his house destroyed by floods in Taizhimiao Township|
China's official Xinhua news agency says the seasonal downpours have affected millions of people and have destroyed thousands of hectares of farmland and crops.
The exact number of casualties was not immediately verifiable.
Governments across the country have been ordered to mobilize manpower and resources to battle the floods, in particular to prevent major rivers and reservoirs from being breached.
Authorities in one county dispatched 51 buses Saturday to transport more than 2,000 passengers stranded at the Qijiang railway station.
Hundreds of people die every year from floods in China, and officials have warned that this year could be worse than usual.
Some of this information provided by AP and AFP.