Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Flash floods hit Lome
The Torrential rains of early Sunday in Lome have led to a serious flooding in parts of the Togolese capital, preventing inhabitants from attending to their daily chores. In Nyekonakpoe, western district of the capital, water overflowing the lagoon flooded the streets and houses. In Tokoin Gbadago, a district in central Lome, houses were flooded, forcing inhabitants to vacate their homes with few important household items to seek shelter elsewhere. Nukafu, a district in northern Lome, has become unrecognizable, as the water level reached between 1.5 metres and 2 metres in some places, leading to the collapse of walls and houses. PANA recalled that about 10 days ago, three children, aged between 3 and 14 years, died after drowning in rain-water in their homes. The Minister of Security and Civil Protection, Colonel Mohamed Atcha Titikpina, has said on national television that the government was planning rescue operations for victims. For three successive years, Togo has been affected by torrential rains during the rainy season between May and August. For original article click here.