BLA, 1 October 2007 (IRIN) - In
principle, the 81mm of rain that drenched the mud walled houses and bone
dry fields in this town on 26 July should not have posed a major problem.
"Eighty-one millimetres isn't really
that much," said local Mali Red Cross volunteer Bacari Keita. "With
good drainage it should not cause major flooding."
Instead a wall of water flooded the town's
rutted muddy streets, carrying away mud houses, domestic animals and belongings.
Around 12,600 people were made homeless.
Some simple plans for preparedness and