Thousands pray for rain in Mauritania
Nouakchott - Thousands of Mauritanians heeded a call by the president and turned out in the drought-hit northwestern African country to pray for rainfall, an AFP correspondent reported.
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz had urged Muslim faithful to flock to their mosques and implore "Allah's blessing" in a bid to end a severe drought that meteorological services say affects the entire country.
Mauritanian Agriculture Baba Dombia said "there was reason for alarm" with very limited and patchy rainfall at this stage of the June-October rainy season and livestock suffering from the drought.
The regional body tasked with combating drought in the Sahel desert said that Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and large parts of Burkina Faso were also affected.