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Old 23 Sep 2007
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Flooding in Africa

Hello,

I´m in Southern Spain now, just going to travel along the coast for a few days then to Morocco. I was sent a text saying there have been major floods all across africa, but haven´t seen an english paper or any tv. DOes anyone have any updates, is anyone on the road there (West Coast -Morocco, Western Sahara, Mali, Mauritania, etc) (question mark - I can´t get it to work on this Spanish keyboard!).

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Chris,

Don't worry about the bad news from Africa (except maybe when its a nuclear bom) because as you will find out soon, thats the only news from Africa. Bad news sells, especially from Africa!! I would be surprised if you will see any floodings. To give you an example; Last year August we were negotiating the Turkana route from Kenia in to Ethiopia when i got my very worried dad on the satphone. The entire Omo valley was flooded and hundreds of casualties!! And that was exactly where we were going!!! We couldn't go back (fuel) so we pushed on and as we got to the border police station they confirmed the floodings but they also said that there were no real problems and we could get to where we were heading. We saw some signs of water (deep ruts but all dry) but in the end there was nothing stopping us.

It comes down to; keep your eyes and ears open and talk to the locals. The locals will be able to tell you where you can and can't go! African flooding usually involve flash floods but they run off quickly and most of the time after a couple of days the water is back to normal levels. Helas the people are usually not ! You can try this BBC link if you want to know more.

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Rains threaten flood-hit Africa

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Ccm

if the CCM is already in spain, then he wil do the rest also
go for it Cris

greatings from Dirk ( we put on your tyre togeter at the hubmeeting )

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floods

Come and go
Maintain your autonomy (fuel/food/water) and listen to locals.
Oueds have a tendency to flood- came accross one where there was 12 Kms of stopped traffic...which had been there for 6 days.
Usually it's a waiting game until water levels receed/get below your air intake!
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