Togo’s battle with coastal erosion

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Rising sea levels are increasing eroding the coast of Togo and destroying home and businesses. Captions and Photo source: © Daniel Addeh / IRIN


Man-made coastal erosion has reached alarming proportions in Togo. It is threatening the future of two major cities, Lome and Aneho, the current and former capitals, as well as dozens of fishing villages.

Coastal erosion, in which land or beaches are worn away by the wind and the waves, is destroying around five to ten meters (16-32 feet) of shoreline every year. In some locations, up to 25 meters has disappeared over the same period.

The sea doesn’t only eat away at the shoreline, it also consumes any infrastructure, such as roads or buildings, or vegetation which may have been growing on it. Nothing remains…

Read Full Article; Deutsche Welle (04-17-2017)

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