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Djibouti has no perennial rivers. The hydrographic system is divided into two zones, one draining towards the Red Sea or the Gulf of Aden, the other towards the western plains of the country. Rainfall is low and erratic, usually occurring as heavy storm events that often cause flooding. Ephemeral rivers flow after rainfall events.  
 
Djibouti has no perennial rivers. The hydrographic system is divided into two zones, one draining towards the Red Sea or the Gulf of Aden, the other towards the western plains of the country. Rainfall is low and erratic, usually occurring as heavy storm events that often cause flooding. Ephemeral rivers flow after rainfall events.  
  
There are two significant hypersaline lakes that are the focal points for internal drainage basins - Lake Assal in central Djibouti and Lake Abhe in the southwest on the border with Ethiopia. Lake Assal is 174 m below sea level (Schlüter 2006).
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There are two significant lakes, Lakes Abhe and Assal, at least partially saline, with a combined area of 100 km² (FAO AQUASTAT 2005). Lake Assal is 174 m below sea level (Schlüter 2006).
  
 
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