Floods

Floods kill at least 112 across China this week, leave scores missing

In this Thursday, July 21, 2016, photo, rescuers use a raft to transport people along a flooded street in Shenyang in northeastern China's Liaoning Province. Dozens of people have been killed and dozens more are missing across China after a round of torrential rains swept through the country earlier this week, flooding streams, triggering landslides and destroying houses. (Chinatopix Via AP)

In this Thursday, July 21, 2016, photo, rescuers use a raft to transport people along a flooded street in Shenyang in northeastern China's Liaoning Province. Dozens of people have been killed and dozens more are missing across China after a round of torrential rains swept through the country earlier this week, flooding streams, triggering landslides and destroying houses. (Chinatopix Via AP)  (Chinatopix)

Torrential rains that swept through China this week have left at least 112 people dead and 91 others missing.

Various provincial governments reported the figures on Saturday, after the rains this week flooded streams, triggered landslides and destroyed homes.

The northern province of Hebei has been hit the hardest, with authorities there saying 72 people were killed and 78 missing.

In the Hebei city of Xingtai alone, 25 people were killed and another 13 were missing.

Daxian village in Xingtai was nearly wiped out when it was suddenly swamped by a flash flood in the early hours of Wednesday as villagers were asleep. Photos circulating online show disturbing images of drowned children lying in mud.