A total of 27,000 houses have collapsed and 37,000 others damaged in floods, landslides and hailstorms since June 29 in Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.
Direct economic losses were estimated at 25.27 billion yuan (US$ 3.72 billion).
Yesterday, the government allocated 1.88 billion yuan (US$ 270 million) to 20 provinces for disaster relief, the state- run Xinhua news agency reported.
About 3,000 armed police have been sent to the flood-fighting front line in Hunan.
Early reports said the water level at the Changsha monitoring station in the Xiangjiang river, a major Yangtze tributary, reached a record high of 39.51 meters early yesterday, higher than the previous record of 39.18 meters set by a massive flood in 1998.