Eighteen people are reported to be dead and three injured after a wall collapsed onto a house full of Chinese workers.

According to the Xinhua news agency, the workers from the recycling plant in Qingdao, eastern China, had reportedly taken shelter in the house from heavy rain during a storm.

However, the grounds surrounding the house became waterlogged, causing a nearby wall to collapse on top of it.

At least 40 people were in the house at the time of the incident.

The Qingdao government information office said that authorities are now investigating the collapse.

China's eastern coastal and southern regions have been affected by heavy rains, flooding and landslides in recent days, with two earlier deaths reported in Hunan province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.