Laingsburg farmlands devastated

The region has suffered heavy rains and hailstorms which damaged crops and infrastructure.

Last week the Bufflesrivier in the central Karoo town burst its banks and roads, crops and infrastructure suffered major damage. Picture: @FaanConradie via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg says farmlands in and around Laingsburg may be declared an official disaster zone after the region was lashed by heavy rains and hailstorms.

Last week the Bufflesrivier in the central Karoo town burst its banks and roads, crops and infrastructure suffered major damage.

It's estimated the cost of farm damages range between R300 and R400 million.

MEC van Rensburg says he inspected farms in the region on Friday.

"The damage there is quiet severe. A lot of land was washed away to the sea and they've lost crops as well, seeds, especially onions, sheep and ostriches as well."