Niger Asks for Moroccan Assistance with Rainmaking
Niger has asked Morocco for assistance with rainmaking activity in a bid to combat serious drought and a resulting famine that now threaten over 3 million people in the country, said Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN).
Niger's president, Mamadou Tandja, made the appeal during an official visit to Morocco last week, said the state radio.
Artificial rain is created by spraying salt crystals into clouds.
As the crystals capture water vapour and become heavy, rain follows.
AFP has quoted a spokesman in Niger's meteorological office as saying the operation would be costly and would only be conducted in small designated areas.
Niger has made an appeal to the international community for food aid – Albawaba.com
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