20 September 2016
Based on the information available on 20 September, OPIDIN predicts that the flood will be extremely high this year. It will become the highest flood in the last 50 years. The peak of the flood will be 2 m higher, and the area being maximally inundated 2.5 times larger, than in dry years.
The water level in Mopti was already high early August, but had further increased 2.4 meter in the last seven weeks to reach the extremely high level of 640 cm on 20 September. The water level reached on 20 September has never been so high on this date in recent years. One has to go back to 1964 to have a year with a similar high water level in Mopti on 20 September.
OPIDIN predicts that the water level in Mopti will further increase by about 50 cm in September and October. The flooding will reach its peak early November in Mopti, mid-December in Akka and early January in Dire. The last dozens of years, cows were allowed to cross the river at Diafarabé during the course of November. That will not be possible this year, since in November the floodplains will still be covered by water. In 2016, the floodplains will become available for grazing after mid-December.