The recent rain fury in the State claimed 54 lives besides leaving a trail of destruction on standing crops on 4,594 hectares of land and damaging 1,192 houses.

Disclosing this at a press conference in Bangalore on Wednesday, Revenue Minister G. Karunakara Reddy, however, said the total extent of loss from the rain was yet to be ascertained.

Of the 54 who died, 46 were struck by lightning, the Minister said. As many as 332 heads of cattle had also died.

The crop losses included agricultural crops on 4,331 hectares and horticultural crops on 263 hectares.

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