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Photos: beyond Mississippi flood, southern Africa sees record deluges

Photos: beyond Mississippi flood, southern Africa sees record deluges

Photos: beyond Mississippi flood, southern Africa sees record deluges Jeremy Hance mongabay.com May 12, 2011 A shelf cloud passes over one of the driest regions on the African continent: the Namib desert. The shelf cloud is associated with a high-precipitation supercell thunderstorm. Photo courtesy of NASA. While record crests of the Mississippi River are creating havoc in the southern US, this is not the only region in the world facing unprecedented flooding. Huge rain events have produced floods in southern Africa as well, impacting Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa. Since last year rainfall has been above average in much of these regions, including a record deluge this month in Namib Desert, where more rain fell in just one day in than usually does in an entire year. The flooding has not been without its human consequences. In Namibia at least 62 people have died whil...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0512-hance_africa_floods.html

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