Farmers count the cost of Storm Babet
Date of alert:
Tuesday, 24 October 2023
Farmers across much of the country have been counting the cost of Storm Babet, with images of damaged infrastructure and unharvested maize and vegetable crops submerged in flood water suggesting it will be significant.
Unprecedented levels of rainfall led to rivers overtopping and flood defences being breached, leaving tens of thousands of acres of farmland under water, sometimes washing away valuable soils and newly sown crops with it.
For some rural regions it was the worst flood in living memory.