Nineteen people died, 116,000 had to be evacuated and 790,000 were affected by the torrential rains that hit the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, the official Xinhua news agency said Friday.

As many as 51,000 homes were damaged - some totally demolished - by the storms, which have caused economic losses of some 2.2 billion yuan ($359.24 million).

The regional government has sent humanitarian aid to the hardest hit areas, and work teams have been dispatched to help those isolated or otherwise in distress from the rains.

Throughout this past week, floods in the northern part of the country and the bad weather caused by Typhoon Utor in the south have left more than 150 people dead and more than 100 missing. EFE