Death toll from flooding in China rises to 54

AP News
Posted: Jun 09, 2011 1:31 AM

Chinese state media says an elderly couple missing after flooding collapsed their home have been found dead, bringing the nationwide death toll from recent flooding to 54.

Xinhua News Agency says rescuers retrieved the couple's bodies early Thursday, two days after torrential rains washed away their home in southeastern Jiangxi province.

Xinhua says the bodies of three other family members _ a young couple and their child _ were found Wednesday.

Heavy rains that fell this week and last have eased a prolonged drought in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, but have also inundated 12 provinces in central and southern China. Authorities say 4.8 million people have been affected.