Kayes (Bambara Kayi, Sonink Xaayi) is a city in western Mali on the Sngal River, with a population of 127,368 at the 2009 census. Kayes is the capital of the administrative region of the same name. The name 'Kayes' comes from the Sonink word 'karr', which describes a low humid place that floods in rainy season. The city is located 420 kilometres (260 mi) northwest of the capital Bamako.
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