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A villager from Togo describes his losses in the flood.
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Togo: homes lost, property damaged

In Adamé itself, 80-year-old Douvo Nouviwo did what many people decide to do after their houses are severely damaged in disasters: he stayed put to safeguard what remained of his property, some pots and pans, a few clothes and a chicken coop. His cassava and maize crops were destroyed. “Even though four of my five children live in the village with my 15 grandchildren, I didn’t want to leave,” says Nouviwo. “For two months I slept in the chicken coop and ate only vegetables.”

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