Extreme rain kills dozens, displaces thousands in West and Central Africa

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At least three children were killed by flash floods caused by extreme rains that dumped a year’s worth of rain in one night on the Senegalese capital of Dakar, according to reports.

The entire region has seen extreme rainfall in recent days. Across West and Central Africa, dozens are dead and thousands displaced in Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon. Extreme precipitation is one of the clearest and widespread impacts of climate change.

Warmer air holds more water, thus — just as a bigger bucket can hold and dump more water — a warmer atmosphere can hold more water vapor and therefore dump more water when it rains.

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