Heavy Rains and Landslides in China this week

Heavy rains triggered flooding and landslides in China this week, leaving at least 135 people dead, local authorities and state media reported. Over 100 people have gone missing following the storms in Hebei, Henan and Shanxi provinces, official news agency Xinhua said.

The flooding occurred between Monday and Thursday and affected nearly 8.9 million people, the Civil Affairs Department said.

More than 52,000 houses have vanished and an additional 161,000 were damaged, according to the Civil Affairs Department.

This year's flood season has been the worst since 1998, according to local reports. The floods back in 1998 had caused deaths of about 4,000 people.