The death toll from the heavy rains lashing southern China has reached 53 with several other people reported missing. At least 22 of the deaths have been in Guangdong, the worst-affected province, state media report. Some reports put the death toll there as high as 36. More than 650,000 in the province have been affected by the flooding and landslides. A further 200,000 have been affected in Guangxi. Last week, 19 people died there and in Hunan and Guizhou as a result of heavy rains and floods that caused widespread property damage.