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Commune and town
The Niger River at Gourma Rharous
The Niger River at Gourma Rharous
Gourma-Rharous is located in Mali
Location in Mali
Coordinates: 16°52′48″N 1°55′26″W / 16.880°N 1.9238°W / 16.880; -1.9238Coordinates: 16°52′48″N 1°55′26″W / 16.880°N 1.9238°W / 16.880; -1.9238
Country  Mali
Region Tombouctou Region
Cercle Gourma-Rharous Cercle
 • Total 7,000 km2 (3,000 sq mi)
Population (2009 Census)[2]
 • Total 26,115
 • Density 3.7/km2 (9.7/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Gourma-Rharous is a rural commune and small town in the Tombouctou Region of Mali. The town is the administrative center (Chef-lieu) of the Gourma-Rharous Cercle and lies on the right bank of the Niger River 110 km east of Timbuktu. The commune has an area of approximately 7,000 km2 and contains 29 villages.[1] In the census of 2009 it had a population of 26,115. French singer Daniel Balavoine died in a helicopter crash in Gourma-Rharous as he was leading a fund-raising effort in Africa during the 1986 Dakar Rally.


  1. ^ a b Plan de Securite Alimentaire Commune Rurale de Rharous 2006-2010 (PDF) (in French), Commissariat à la Sécurité Alimentaire, République du Mali, USAID-Mali, 2006, archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-29 .
  2. ^ Resultats Provisoires RGPH 2009 (Région de Tombouctou) (PDF) (in French), République de Mali: Institut National de la Statistique [permanent dead link]