Deadly flooding in China forces 228,000 into shelters; house seen collapsing into river

Hundreds of thousands of people were forced from their homes in south and central China after major flooding caused destruction throughout the region.

China's Ministry of Emergency Management said as of Tuesday, about 228,000 people were forced to seek emergency shelter after heavy rains triggered massive flooding.

Downpours in the southern region of Guangxi have been particularly severe. Six people were killed and one is missing after heavy rain triggered flooding and landslides.

CHINA FLOODING KILLS AT LEAST SEVEN, MORE HEAVY RAIN EXPECTED

Video on Tuesday from Guangxi showed a house teetering on the edge of a swollen river before it finally collapses into the water.

In this June 7 photo, released by Xinhua News Agency, facilities at a tourism site are toppled in the aftermath of a flood after heavy downpour in Yangshuo of Guilin, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

In this June 7 photo, released by Xinhua News Agency, facilities at a tourism site are toppled in the aftermath of a flood after heavy downpour in Yangshuo of Guilin, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. (Lu Boan/Xinhua via AP)

State media outlet China Daily said that seven people were reported dead in Hunan province.

The flooding has destroyed some 1,300 homes, with initial damage estimated at more than $500 million.

Officials said that after the rainstorms, 110 rivers in eight regions swelled to above flood-stage.

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According to The Associated Press, seasonal flooding generally causes heavy damage each year in the lower regions of China's major river systems.

Rescuers carry a child to a boat during an evacuation of a flooded village in Qingyuan in southern China's Guangdong province on June 8.

Rescuers carry a child to a boat during an evacuation of a flooded village in Qingyuan in southern China's Guangdong province on June 8. (Chinatopix Via AP)

Authorities sought to reduce the hardship of yearly flooding through the use of dams, particularly the massive Three Gorges structure on the Yangtze River.

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China's worst floods in recent years were in 1998, when more than 2,000 people died and nearly 3 million homes were destroyed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.