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Freeze-up in the Sahara

Miners, shepherd freeze to death in rare Sahara Desert cold
Source: AP WORLDSTREAM, 16th January 2000

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) A shepherd and two mineworkers froze to death during a rare cold snap in Mauritania's usually scorching Sahara Desert, local officials and residents said Sunday.
In the past week, temperatures have plummeted as low as -5 Celsius (23 Fahrenheit) in parts of this arid West African country of desert nomads, herdsmen and miners.
The shepherd died while tending his camels overnight near the northwestern city of Zouerat, residents and officials said. The other two victims, employees at a mountaintop iron ore mine in the same region, froze while walking to work. The three died over the past few days, though the exact dates were unclear.
Mauritanians were unprepared for the cold weather in a country where the climate usually fluctuates between lows of 15 Celsius (59 Fahrenheit) in winter months to dangerously hot summer temperatures of 50 Celsius (122 Fahrenheit).

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