'Be prepared for heavy rainfalls, floods' - Lagos alerts residents


Pic.5. Vehicles passing through a flooded road at Ikoyi dolphin in Lagos on Saturday (2/11/19).
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The Lagos government has warned residents of Apapa, Badagry, Eti Osa, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Ikoyi, Lagos Island, Ojo areas of the state to be prepared for very heavy rainfalls which may lead to flash flooding during in the days ahead.

According to him, the warning has become necessary to avoid preventable loss of lives and properties that usually accompany such incidents.

The Lagos State Government said this in a fresh flood alert to residents of the parts of the state on Tuesday.

Permanent Secretary, Lagos Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Lekan Shodeinde, who signed the statement said the heavy rainfalls are expected between August 14 and 18 based on a flood alert advisory issued by the Flood Emergency Warning System (FEWS) Central Hub of the Federal Ministry of the Environment.

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Shodeinde urged all residents of listed areas to be vigilant and watchful about rainfalls during and after the periods.

The Permanent Secretary also urged residents of flood plains and low lying areas to be ready to move upland till the cessation of the rains.

He added that residents and motorists in the state must also refrain from wading through floods especially during rainfalls as their is a propensity to be washed away by the intensity of the water.

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