At least 15 people have been killed and thousands more forced from their homes by flooding in southern and central China, with more rain forecast in coming days.

Local authorities said Thursday that Jiangxi province has been hardest hit, with eight people killed and 65,000 displaced. Just to the south, the Guangxi region suffered five deaths with six other people listed as missing.

Two other deaths were recorded in Hunan province, one of China's main rice producers, where 2,000 other people were moved to shelters. Fujian evacuated 17,000 people from danger areas, but no one was reported dead or missing in the coastal province.

Heavy rain forced the delay or cancellation of hundreds of passenger flights as flood waters in some areas rose to more than 2 meters (6 feet).