Flood Victims Seek Refuge Inside Church


Most residents of Lagos rendered homeless by last Sunday and yesterday’s floods have sought refuge in churches, mosques and under the bridges across the state, P.M.NEWS has learnt.

The floods destroyed property worth millions of naira and claimed many lives.

Some of the affected victims, P.M.NEWS also gathered, are staying with their friends and relatives unaffected by the floods.

A church located in Dopemu area of Lagos State was filled as flood victims were seen with some of their belongings like television sets, DVDs, mattresses and other household utensils.

Some of them were also seen cooking and watching television programmes inside the church auditorium.

An 18-year old student who gave his name as Dayo, said: “I don’t have any other option than to sleep in the church as my house is filled with water. During the rain, I could not take any of my belongings from the house.

“My shoes, clothes, bags and school textbooks have been destroyed by the flood. I could not take anything from the house. My mattress is also soaked with water. It will take about one week or more before I can go inside the house to do anything. I am fine here. This church is like my second home,” he said.

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Also speaking on her ordeal, a 27-year old fashion designer fondly called Bisi, said she had to seek refuge outside her home because the flood took over her room.

“The level of the water was above normal. Everything in my home was submerged in the flood. I have to leave all my properties to sleep in the church.”

She appealed to Governor Babatunde Fashola to come to the aid of flood victims by giving them materials to survive, adding that the flood destroyed many homes and lives.

Also commenting on the flood, the Chairman of the community development association of Awori, Adesokan and Bode-Tobun Street, Chief Bode-Tobun, told P.M.NEWS that the roads in the area were constructed by the military regime of General Buba Marwa administration and since then nothing was done to them.

Chief Bode-Tobun urged the governor to pay an unscheduled visit to projects in the area and identify those behind their uncompletion.

He advised the state government to clear drainages in all parts of the state to prevent a reoccurrence of what happened on Sunday.

—Ibrahim Bakare