Weeks of rains in Togo have forced
thousands of people from their homes into temporary
government-run centers set up throughout the capital, Lome.
rain in the Chadian capital N’djamena has caused serious
flooding that has cut off parts of the suburbs from the city
head of Red Cross Disaster Relief, Victor Sodogas, estimates
more than 6,000 people, including approximately 1,000
children, have sought shelter in six government centers that
do not have designated sleeping quarters. “They just sleep
in the processing areas. There are no mosquito nets yet in
the centers, which may become more of an issue as the rainy
season continues to push people into these shelters.”
Michel Boko from the University of Cotonou in Benin says
weather trends point to more flooding during this year’s
rainy season, which typically is from May to September.
regional disaster preparedness manager for West Africa,
Jerry Niati, with the International Federation of the Red
Cross (IFRC), says that while people cannot fight nature,
they can prepare for it. But few do, he says. Last year,
floods throughout Africa displaced more than one million
people, wiping out swaths of cropland, and sparking a fatal
outbreak of cholera in sub-Saharan Africa. Togo’s
government announced last week that rains starting 15 July
have led to the collapse of nine bridges and stranded
houses, flooded streets and deep pools of stagnant water are
visible throughout the low-rise, desert capital. Immediate
figures on the number of people affected were not available
from the government.
Carmelle Sou IV, the Minister for Social and Family Affairs,
said the government would do its utmost for the people
affected. “What I have seen is disturbing to me,” the
minister said. “It is within our mandate to give support.
We must get to work to offer assistance to our brothers and
President Idriss Deby Itno has also visited some of the
flooded parts of the capital and pledged the government will
do more to dig drainage canals.
Chadian national meteorological agency has stated in a
communication that Chad risks “serious flooding” this
year. According to the agency, climate and rainfall in the
region is cyclical. Major floods were last recorded in Chad
in 1988 and 1998.
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