BEIJING: At least 20 people have died in the past week as torrential rain batters swathes of China, with at least six killed by lightning, thousands of homes destroyed and more than 300,000 evacuated, state media said. There had been six deaths from lightning strikes in the central province of Jiangxi since last Friday, the official Xinhua news agency reported. There were other fatalities from lightning in Guizhou in the southwest, it said, where a total of seven people died. A landslide in the province early on Thursday buried eight people, Xinhua said, with two rescued by mid-morning but six still missing. Officials in Guizhou are bracing for more devastation, the China Daily said.