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Fires and Dust in Drought-Stricken West Africa

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March 21st, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Fires

Dust Over West Africa - March 19th, 2012

Dust and smoke mix together over West Africa, creating a hazy veil that obscures much of the ground below. Click here for previous images of the fires and here for previous images of the dust storm.

The presence of both fires and a dust storm are indicative of the very dry conditions plaguing the region. According to Oxfam, urgent action is needed to stop drought in West Africa’s Sahel region turning into a humanitarian disaster affecting 13 million people.

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