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Mar 2008

Too Much Rain

A reported 250mm (80% of annual precipitation) fell in two days last rainy season causing flooding. Flooding is not unusual in the Senegal River Valley region where flood-recession agriculture is traditionally practiced, but this was the most extensive inundation seen for fifty years. 75% of the entire irrigated rice harvest in the region was washed away overnight meaning the loss of the considerable resources already-poor farmers had invested in it. As the rain mostly all fell in one short period, however, this did not lead to a successful millet crop as there was not sufficient water penetration of the higher ground. 

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