Floods caused by heavy storms have killed 46 people in southern China, with 50 people missing as heavy rains continue to batter parts of the country. The Ministry of Civil Affairs says emergency rescuers have been dispatched across southern China to help the 2.6 million people affected by the flooding, which has caused more than £270 million in damages. So far this year, about 200 people have died from flooding and heavy rains, a statement on the State Flood Control and Disaster Relief Headquarters website said. More than 200,000 people have been evacuated from homes in Guangdong, Sichuan, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan and Guangxi provinces. According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs website, 46 people have died. China's rainy season, which began in May, follows the worst drought in a century for southern Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi regions. The drought affected 61 million people, leaving millions without drinking water and 12 million acres barren since last year.