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Buildings submerged as flood grounds Lagos

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SEVERAL buildings were on Friday, were submerged in Lagos as most parts of the state witnessed a downpour.

Affected places include Ikorodu, Alimosho, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Ajah, Bariga, Ajegunle and several other places.

Our Correspondent who visited some parts of Lagos said Hundreds of people have been displaced.

Lagos State Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (,NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye has urged residents to imbibe safety culture.

He said, “Residents of Lagos State have been enjoined to imbibe utmost safety precautions in view of the ongoing heavy downpour in the State.

“They must take note of the road and bridges in their routes to make them clear for use. They must avoid driving when the flooding water reaches the half of the wheels of their vehicles. Once the rainwater gets to this level on your vehicle it sweeps off your vehicle. Kindly park and move on to higher ground for safety.

“Those walking must avoid trekking now. The rainwater must have risen above our ankles, once it happens like this, the flooding water have the capacity to carry us off.

“Teachers are also strongly advised to keep the children back in classrooms, no matter the time frame the rainfall lasts in other to safeguard the lives of the children as they are fond of playing in the rain.

“People living in buildings that are known to have signs of danger must report to the appropriate Agencies  for assistance.

Farinloye

“Residents of Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, Alimosho, Amuwo Odofin, Ikeja, Ojo, Kosofe, Apapa, Epe, Oshodi-Isolo, Shomolu, Surulere and Ajeromi /Ifelodun LGAs are advised more to be careful when it rains.

“The 2021 Annual Flood Outlook have predicted more flooding to be experienced in those 13 Local Government Areas.

“Anyone in need of emergency assistance should call 08067715203, 07066836580 for prompt response in addition to 112 and 767 for immediate assistance pls

“After the heavy rainfall on Friday, commuters in Lagos have had to navigate through flooded roads and traffic gridlock to reach their destinations. From photos taken from parts of Oshodi, Lekki and Apapa, cars could be seen all but totally submerged in water.

“Lagos roads, particularly on the island, are notorious for flooding after such downpours due to poor drainage planning and refuse dumping in gutter ways.

“The floodwater also often makes its way into the abodes of many residents in the state, with reports of properties destroyed.” He said.

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