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Rainfall amounts were down as the rainy season drew to a close. However, on the whole, season-long cumulative rainfall totals from May 1 to October 20 were normal to above normal and up from last year.
Aside from localized pockets of drought, which could affect crop yields, harvest prospects for the 2001/02-crop year are generally good. On the whole, grain and industrial crop (cotton) production should be better this year than last.
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ABIDJAN, 10 October (IRIN) - Mali's government has asked the international community to provide relief supplies for some 3,500 flood victims, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a 9 October situation report.
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2001/0205
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Mali - Floods
09 October 2001
The Government of Mali requests international assistance
Unusually heavy rains have led to serious flooding in Southwestern Mali, according to the local Red Cross. Since June, floods have hit the regions of Sikasso, Kidal, Mopti, Koulikoro and parts of the capital Bamako.
BAMAKO, Oct 3 (AFP) - Floods have destroyed 1,400 homes in Mali, where 3,500 people have been left without shelter, officials in the capital of the sub-Saharan west African nation said.
Civil protection services said that 27 villages were affected in the worst-hit regions: Koulikoro, 50 kilometres (about 30 miles) from Bamako, Segou, 240 kilometres (150 miles) to the north of the capital, and Sikasso, 380 kilometres (235 miles) to the south of the city.