This is the last bulletin of the flooding season. The height of the flood is exceptionally high this year. The water level in Mopti has reached its maximum of 670 cm on the 25th of October. The water level has not been so high since 1969, the last very wet year before the great drought. So this has been the highest flood since 48 years! The water level in Mopti showed a decrease last week and the deflooding starts now. Based on OPIDIN, the level of flooding will be at its maximum in Akka in the end of November and in Diré around the first half of December.
Based on the current prediction, the south-western part of the Inner Niger Delta may become available for grazing cattle around half of December. Using the relationship between peak flood level in Mopti and the annual date when the cows are allowed to enter the Inner Niger Delta at Diafarabé, it is expected that the cattle can cross the river at Diafarabé in the second week of December.