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#MonoRiver #Flooding Affects 50,000 in #Togo and #Benin

Flooding in Maritime Region, Togo, late October 2019. Photo: Photo: United Nations Resident Coordinator in Togo

Heavy rain in Togo and Benin during October caused the Mono river to overflow from around 23 October, 2019.

Levels of the Mono river at Athiémé in Benin jumped from 7.8 metres on 19 October 2019 to 8.5 metres on 23 October. Satellite images show around 4,000 hectares of land are under water in areas around either side of the border between the 2 countries.

In Togo areas of Maritime Region, in particular Lacs prefecture, are worst hit. Around 2,000 households (8,000 people) are thought to be affected in the region.

In Benin, flooding has affected the districts of Athiémé, Grand-Popo and Lokossa in Mond department. In Athiémé, flooding has affected 31,482 people from 9,258 households. Roads and public buildings have been flooded. Four health centres in the area are inaccessible after flood water blocked roads.

Sixteen villages in Grand-Popo are flooded, affecting 994 households. In Lokossa around 2,500 households in the communities of Lokossa and Ouèdèmè-Adja are affected.

Agence Bénin Presse (ABP), official press agency of the government of Benin, reported that the flooding was exacerbated by dam releases at Nangbéto and Anié in the Plateaux Region of Togo. Several small tributaries of the Mono have also flooded.

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Thousands of dead #fish found in a #dam in #SaoPaulo, #Brazil

Fish Kill Alert

Fishermen, environmentalists and residents of the Billings dam in São Bernardo do Campo, in the state of São Paulo, were alarmed by scenes of thousands of dead fish that were seen floating in the waters of the dam over the weekend.

They are fish of various species and sizes. The cause of animal death is not yet known.

The Environmental Company of the State of São Paulo (Cetesb) said that technicians are surveying the Billings dam and will investigate the cause of the fish deaths.

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About 100 TONS of #fish #die in the #Castanhão #dam in #Ceará, #Brazil

Fish Kill Alert

About 100 tons of dead fish were taken from the Castanhão reservoir on Saturday morning in Jaguaribara, Ceará. Since last Thursday (7), fish are seen on the spot.

According to the city hall, the producers of the regions of Curupati, Jaburu and near the office of the National Department of Works Against Droughts (Dnocs), lost all tilapia production.

The causes of the deaths are being investigated, but the main suspect is that they were caused by the oxygen decrease in the water from the dam, which currently accounts for less than 4% of its capacity.

Throughout Saturday, using tractors and buckets, city officials worked to remove fish from the water to prevent contamination.

In a statement, the city council said that through the Departments of Aquaculture and Fisheries and Infrastructure will provide all necessary support to fish farmers in the region.

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