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Flooding Expected to Hit Mali's Inner Niger Delta

Mali's Inner Niger Delta is expected to experience its highest level of flooding in 50 years in the coming months, putting lives, homes and animals at risk, an international conservation group has warned.

Netherlands-based Wetlands International works with Mali's National Water Directorate to produce regular forecasts for the annual flood on the Niger River, which usually begins in July.

This year, the water level measured on Sept. 6 in the inland delta's southern Mopti area was the highest since 1964.

Flooding this year will reach its peak in November and December, and the area under water then is expected to be two and a half times larger than in dry years.

Niger Delta

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