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16 Apr 2018 description

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Flooding is a natural disaster that can damage large areas in the vicinity of rivers, and in the case of flash floods, also in the vicinity of smaller streams. The Global Risks Report 2017 (1) lists extreme weather events, of which flooding is the main risk in most countries, as the risk with the second highest potential impact and the highest likelihood of occurrence. It furthermore seems likely that climate change will aggravate flood impacts in many regions.

24 Jan 2017 description

As a result of the dry and hot conditions experienced in the Maghreb in October, most sowing activities were postponed to November. Morocco, western Algeria and Tunisia benefited from rains and mild temperatures since November, which favoured the establishment and current good development of winter cereals. By contrast, eastern regions in Algeria suffered from a rain deficit during the period under review (1 October -15 January), and rainfall is urgently needed to sustain crop growth and to fill up water reserve.