Togo – Thousands Affected by Oti River Floods in North

Ongoing flooding along the Oti River has resulted in casualties and widespread damage in northern Togo, West Africa.

In a statement of 21 September, 2020, Togo Prime Minister Dr Komi Selom Klassou said the overflow of several watercourses including the Oti had damaged or destroyed bridges and roads and left communities isolated. Homes were also damaged or destroyed. The Prime Minister said 8 people had died as a result of the floods.

Since then, the European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) has reported that, as of 13 October, 11 people have died, 4,000 buildings have been damaged and around 57,000 people affected by flooding in Savanes and Kara regions in northern Togo. DG ECHO said the towns of Mandouri and Koumongou were particularly badly affected.

Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) Mapping was activated on 13 October to support the damage assessment.

EMS maps indicate over 37,000 hectares of land have been flooded in areas along the Oti River basin reaching from neighbouring southern Burkina Faso and northern Benin, into northern Togo and Ghana. An estimated 350,000 people live in the flooded areas.

Screenshot from Copernicus EMS map of flooded areas along the Oti River in northern Togo and neighbouring areas, as of 14 October 2020. Credit: Copernicus EMS.
For a full version of the map, click here (pdf). For more maps of the flooded areas, see here.

Flash Floods in Lomé

Flooding also recently affected the country’s capital, Lomé. Local media report that a period of heavy rain on 10 October caused floods in several areas of the city, including around the airport causing material damages. Bè-Kpota-Attiégou and Hédzranawoé districts were reportedly among the worst hit areas, with around 500 people from 138 households affected.