Togo: UN agencies continue relief efforts following deadly floods

Togo: UN agencies continue relief efforts following deadly floods

Flooded area in Togo
Three months after Togo endured its worst floods in three decades, United Nations humanitarian agencies are continuing their relief efforts in the West African country as receding flood waters allow aid workers to reach areas previously cut off.

UN agencies have been able to access some 60,000 people in recent weeks and provide them with enough food for the next two months, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today.

A grant of $1.5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allowed UN agencies – including the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) – to implement emergency projects to help the hardest hit Togolese.

The floods in August, which followed heavy rainfall across West Africa, killed at least 23 people in Togo and left tens of thousands in need of aid, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Certain areas of the country are still inaccessible because the floods destroyed roads and trails, and WFP officials are considering travelling by boat down the Oti River in northern Togo to reach those areas.

Other relief efforts are concentrated on preparations against potential disease epidemics, gathering further stocks of food and developing a national strategy for disaster prevention and management.

The floods have affected some 800,000 people in 14 West African countries – Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Gambia, Liberia, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Guinea.