As of 16 May 2012, heavy rains accompanying thunder, hail and strong winds have hit a large portion of China and affected about 13 million people. 102 people were dead and another 30 missing across China since late April. Economic losses are estimated at 16.88 billion yuan (2.68 billion U.S. dollars) with more than 143,000 houses badly damaged and 949,400 hectares of farmland affected.
Authorities in northwest China have reported 53 deaths and 18 people missing as of 4 p.m. 14 May 2-12 as a result of hail and torrential rains that battered two mountainous counties in the region last week.
The death toll had risen to 40 and 18 others remained missing as of 3 p.m. 12 May 2012.
The storms have affected about 36,000 people in Minxian county, Gansu province, forcing the evacuation of 2,930 local residents.