Heavy rain floods -Southwest and central China

Published: 12:43 GMT, Jul 19, 2016 |

Heavy rainfall flooded homes and streets throughout southwest and central China on Monday (July 18), state media reported.

State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of vehicles partially submerged in floodwaters in Luzhou city of southwestern Sichuan province on late Monday evening.

Local authorities were forced to evacuate more than 500 residents and move them to a temporary safe location the same evening, CCTV said.

In Taoyuan County in central Hunan province, local residents told CCTV they were stunned at the amount rainfall which had poured into their homes.

Heavy rainfall across southern and central China has affected millions this summer, damaging infrastructure and wiping out crops.