The torrential rains that for days have been deluging the northwestern Chinese province of Shaanxi have killed 14 people, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Thursday.

Most of the victims died in the city of Yanan when their homes collapsed in the heavy rains and flooding.

The rain has severely damaged 11,300 houses and almost 34,000 hectares (about 85,000 acres) of cropland, causing direct economic losses estimated at 1.8 billion yuan ($291 million), according to provincial government figures.

The storms and flooding besetting the provinces of Shaanxi, Shanxi and Gansu since early July have killed at least 36 people. Another 10 people are missing and millions of others have suffered property damage or been otherwise affected.

The Chinese government has allocated 340 million yuan ($55 million) in aid for the affected people which will be used to relocate the victims, reconstruct buildings and provide financial support to the relatives of the dead. EFE