Gossi

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Gossi
Commune and small town
Gossi is located in Mali
Gossi
Gossi
Location in Mali
Coordinates: 15°49′36″N 1°18′41″W / 15.82667°N 1.31139°W / 15.82667; -1.31139Coordinates: 15°49′36″N 1°18′41″W / 15.82667°N 1.31139°W / 15.82667; -1.31139
Country  Mali
Region Tombouctou Region
Cercle Gourma-Rharous Cercle
Area
 • Total 15,000 km2 (6,000 sq mi)
Elevation 279 m (915 ft)
Population (2009 census)[1]
 • Total 24,521
 • Density 1.6/km2 (4.2/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Gossi is a town and rural commune in the Cercle of Gourma-Rharous of the Tombouctou Region of Mali, lying northeast of Hombori and southwest of Gao. The town is just to the west of the main RN15 highway that links Mopti with Gao. It is on a seasonal lake, Mare de Gossi, and is surrounded by nature reserves in which a large herd of elephants live. The town is the site of a large cattle market. The commune contains around 31 villages and in the 2009 census, it had a population of 24,521. Most of the population are nomadic pastoralists but there are permanent settlements around Lake Gossi, Lake Ebanguemalène and Lake Agoufou.[2]

On 24 July 2014, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft flying Air Algérie Flight 5017 crashed southeast of Gossi with 116 people on board. The flight had left Ouagadougou and was headed to Algiers. Initial reports suggested a sandstorm might have been to blame.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Resultats Provisoires RGPH 2009 (Région de Tombouctou) (PDF) (in French), République de Mali: Institut National de la Statistique .
  2. ^ Plan de Sécurité Alimentaire Commune Rurale de Gossi 2006-2010 (PDF) (in French), Commissariat à la Sécurité Alimentaire, République du Mali, USAID-Mali, 2006 
  3. ^ Algeria passenger plane wreckage found in Mali, BBC News Africa, 24 July 2014 

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