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Benin launches week of prayer for heavy rains

August 8, 2013

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — The small West African nation of Benin has called on members of all religions to join together in a national prayer week for heavy rainfall to counter a “significant rainfall deficit” from the first half of the year.

A government statement about the prayer week signed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Eugene Dossoumon was read out on state television late Wednesday. In it, the government implored “the Almighty... to open the windows of heaven and let the rain fall in abundance.”

The statement blamed the poor rainfall in the beginning of the year on “climate change” and warned that agricultural production would be jeopardized if the current wet season did not yield heavy rains.

The African Development Bank has identified “poor water management” as a factor limiting Benin’s agricultural output.

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