Liberia Shares Rivers with All Its Neighboring Countries
Rainfall amounts vary a lot in Africa and Liberia is one of the wettest countries in Africa with 45,550 cubic meters of rich natural renewable water resources. Liberia receives 2,391mm of precipitation per year with a climate that is tropical, hot and humid wet, cloudy summers with frequent heavy showers. Liberia has 2 1/2 times the rainfall of most African countries except Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea.
|Mesurado River Monrovia Liberia|
Liberia shares rivers with all its neighboring countries, the Mano and Mugowi Rivers with Sierra Leone, the Makone, Lofa, Via, Nianda and Mani Rivers with Guinea and the Cavalla River with Côte d’Ivoire, which forms a large part of the border between the two countries. The major basins, which drain 97 percent of the land, of these, the six major rivers, originating in Sierra Leone, Guinea or in Côte d’Ivoire, are the Mano, Lofa, Saint Paul, Saint John, Cestos and Cavalla, and together drain over 65 percent of Liberia.
The main environmental problems in Liberia are tropical rain forest deforestation, soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, and pollution of coastal waters from oil residue and raw sewage. Water-borne diseases are common. Water deficiency in the dry season, poor drainage, flooding of lowlands and the hazard of water erosion are all problems.
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Liberia is a small country by African country size standards and is located in West Africa situated above the equator. Liberia is slightly larger than the USA state of Tennessee.