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Over 151 Houses Affected by Flood After Early Morning Rain in Lagos

Lagos Floods: 151 Homes Impacted by Early Morning Rain.

 

An early morning deluge on Tuesday wreaked havoc in the Command and Ipaja neighborhoods of Lagos, affecting over 151 residential properties.

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According to Ibrahim Farinloye, the Lagos Territorial Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), preliminary assessments revealed significant damage across several communities. Residents from 23 houses in Oke Ishagun were evacuated, with 35 houses affected in Isale Aboru, 29 in Ikola Community, and 15 in Olubodun Majiyagbe-Ajayi. Additionally, 12 houses on Makinde Street, 16 on Olokowo Street, and 21 on Adeola Street suffered from the inundation.

Farinloye emphasized NEMA’s collaboration with state agencies to alleviate the impact of the flood on affected residents. He noted the assurance from the Lagos State government to enhance safety measures for citizens.

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The excessive rainfall experienced on Tuesday serves as a forewarning for the upcoming 2024 rainy season, highlighting the necessity of disaster risk reduction strategies. Farinloye stressed the importance of adhering to safety protocols to mitigate flood-related risks, expressing gratitude that there were no casualties or injuries.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Mustapha Habib Ahmed, the Director-General of NEMA, urged Nigerians to prioritize clearing and desilting drainages to prevent future flooding incidents. He called upon Community Development Associations (CDAs) to take proactive measures in ensuring safer environments within neighborhoods. Ahmed also advocated for the enforcement of penalties against corporate entities obstructing drainages and individuals dumping refuse, in accordance with environmental laws.

Expressing support for Lagos State’s initiative to demolish structures impeding drainage systems after the 2023 rainy season, Ahmed urged other state governments to follow suit in enhancing environmental safety measures.

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