Drought areas should step up efforts, including thoroughly giving play to the water conservancy projects, in order to guarantee water supply to residents, and meet the industrial and agricultural water demands to the utmost extent.
Fire and rescue workers have been searching for the missing using rescue dogs and unmanned aerial vehicles, the ministry said, adding that efforts to restore transportation, communications and power were required.
A severe drought since July 15 has affected more than 1.38 million people in east China's Jiangxi Province, local authorities said Tuesday.
Seven people were killed and eight people injured in a flash flood in Pengzhou on Saturday, a city under the administration of the Sichuan provincial capital, Chengdu.
Global warming, La Nina and a fluctuating northeast cold vortex are all contributing to more severe climatic conditions across China this year, and from July to August, fluctuations in weather conditions will cause periodic droughts and floods, according to the China Meteorological Administration.