Heavy rains cause severe flooding in central China, killing 15 and leaving 19 others missing

Four days of heavy rain have caused severe flooding in central China, killing at least 15 people and leaving 19 others missing.

China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said Tuesday that the 15 people died from drowning, mudslides and house collapses.

It said up to 51.4 centimeters (20 inches) of rain fell in the eastern province of Jiangsu from Friday to Monday and that water levels of rivers and lakes were dangerously high in a six-province region.

The ministry said millions of people have been affected by the heavy rains since Friday.