Flooding: Lagos state advises residents to relocate

Flooding: Lagos state advises residents to relocate


he Lagos State Government in Southwest Nigeria, has warned occupants of flood-prone areas in the state to relocate to other places to avert disaster as the rains are unpredictable.

The warning became necessary as a result of massive flood that has sacked several communities in different parts of the country and the prediction that there would be heavy rainfall between now and 10 October.
Head of Operation, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Mr. Olusegun Magnus-Davis warned occupants of such flood-prone areas to vacate and move to a safe place to avoid loss of life and properties.

These areas includes Ajegunle/Owode-Elede, in Agboyi Ketu; Ijora/Badia, Apapa/Igamu, Aradagun in Badagry, Jakande area in Eti-Osa, and Alimosho Local Government Area.

Magnus-Davis explained that based on the topography of the state and the unique characteristic of some communities as low land, which sometimes leads to incessant flooding in the areas, there was the need for residents in such places to relocate temporarily.

He said that the prediction by the Federal Ministry of Environment of heavy rain is a natural disaster in waiting, recalling that other parts of the world had also witnessed the situation which he said was one of the consequences of climate change ravaging every part of the world.

“Lives have no spare part; our people are of the habit of staying in a particular place for so many years and insisting that they cannot afford to vacate the place temporarily or permanently for any reason, therefore putting their lives in serious danger.

“LASEMA and other agencies in the state have been put on red alert to combat all the issues associated with heavy rainfall.

“We advise residents of these areas to heed the early warning by the state government,” he stated.
According to him, many lives would have been saved during the ocean surge which occurred at Kuramo Beach, noting that similar warnings were issued to occupants of the shanties but they refused to heed the warning which eventually led to loss of lives.

He stated that the state government would not relent in providing adequate support through advocacy and continuous sensitisation to the people.

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he Lagos State Government in Southwest Nigeria, has warned occupants of flood-prone areas in the state to relocate to other places to avert disaster as the rains are unpredictable.

The warning became necessary as a result of massive flood that has sacked several communities in different parts of the country and the prediction that there would be heavy rainfall between now and 10 October.
Head of Operation, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Mr. Olusegun Magnus-Davis warned occupants of such flood-prone areas to vacate and move to a safe place to avoid loss of life and properties.

These areas includes Ajegunle/Owode-Elede, in Agboyi Ketu; Ijora/Badia, Apapa/Igamu, Aradagun in Badagry, Jakande area in Eti-Osa, and Alimosho Local Government Area.

Magnus-Davis explained that based on the topography of the state and the unique characteristic of some communities as low land, which sometimes leads to incessant flooding in the areas, there was the need for residents in such places to relocate temporarily.

He said that the prediction by the Federal Ministry of Environment of heavy rain is a natural disaster in waiting, recalling that other parts of the world had also witnessed the situation which he said was one of the consequences of climate change ravaging every part of the world.

“Lives have no spare part; our people are of the habit of staying in a particular place for so many years and insisting that they cannot afford to vacate the place temporarily or permanently for any reason, therefore putting their lives in serious danger.

“LASEMA and other agencies in the state have been put on red alert to combat all the issues associated with heavy rainfall.

“We advise residents of these areas to heed the early warning by the state government,” he stated.
According to him, many lives would have been saved during the ocean surge which occurred at Kuramo Beach, noting that similar warnings were issued to occupants of the shanties but they refused to heed the warning which eventually led to loss of lives.

He stated that the state government would not relent in providing adequate support through advocacy and continuous sensitisation to the people.

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