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Floods damage ancient Timbuktu

Floods damage ancient Timbuktu
trefwoorden: Mali - Timboektoe - Unesco - overstroming
Heavy rains have destroyed at least 180 ancient mud buildings in the Unesco-designated world heritage city of Timbuktu.
The floods have also caused the deaths of at least four people in central Mali.
Timbuktu has a poor drainage system meaning that some 30mm of water that fell on the city some two weeks ago had nowhere to go, and soaked into the brittle, hard earth-built walls and foundations.
With more rain now predicted, Mali's authorities said on Monday, that things could get worse if the Niger River spills its banks.

Lees verder bij: BBC News (9 september 2003)