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Heavy rainfall damages crops

Heavy rainfalls have caused major damages to farmlands and crops in the central Karoo.

Heavy rainfalls have caused major damages to farmlands and crops in the central Karoo.

CAPE TOWN - AgriWes-Cape says heavy rainfalls have caused major damages to farmlands and crops in the central Karoo region.

Heavy rains lashed the area over the last three days resulting in road closures and damaging water pipes.

The town of Laingsburg has been hardest hit.

AgriWes-Cape's Carl Opperman says they have to wait for flood waters to subside before tallying the cost of damages caused by heavy rainfalls over the last few days.

An air force helicopter has been deployed from Bredasdorp to assist farms situated below a Laingsburg dam.

The high water levels have cut off any access to these farms.

"One farmer reported almost R7,000 in damages."

Meanwhile, Western Cape Disaster Management's Colin Deiner says although officials remain on high alert, there are no serious concerns at this stage.