The deceased include four miners who were killed by a gas explosion after heavy rain cut off power at their pit in southwestern Guizhou province, stopping ventilation equipment.
The Ministry, through its website said that more than 17 million people across nine provinces in China have been affected by the downpours and landslides since the beginning of Jul 2010, reports a leading news channel.
Heavy rains destructed atleast 42,000 homes and hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops. Bad weather also damaged 121,000 buildings, informed the Ministry.
Around 400 people had died because of the weather-fury in Jun 2010. Storms are predicted to hit some badly affected areas again for another week and could also put extra strain on weak river banks.