7 communities, 151 houses submerged by flood in Lagos – NEMA

National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) has confirmed that over 7 communities and 151 houses have been submerged as a result of excessive rainfall in Lagos.

The rainfall started on early morning Tuesday which flooded many communities and destroyed many buildings where people lived. It has turned many family homeless in the state.

NEMA through the South-west coordinator, Mr. Farinloye Ibrahim, said in view of excessive rainfalls, Nigerians are advised to notice the very strong signal of what may unfold in 2024.

“It is important to imbibe the culture of disaster risk reduction strategies in all spheres of our societal endeavours. We must begin adhering to safety measures against flood disasters. Thanks be to God that no live was lost and no one was injured.
“As at the moment, the continuous disruption of normal lives of the people in still ongoing.However, preliminary assessment in some communities affected by the rainfall have shown that at Oke Ishagun, about 23 houses have been evacuated, in Isale Aboru, 35 houses are affected, in Ikola Community, 29 houses were affected, at Olubodun Majiyagbe – Ajayi, 15 houses were also affected while in Makinde Street about 12 houses were affected, in Olokowo Street, 16 houses were also affected and Adeola Street, 21 houses were affected.”
Farinloye stated that NEMA is working with appropriate state MDAs in amelioration of observations and findings from the incident and the state has promised to make sure no stone is left unturned to make the state safer.
However, the director general of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Habib Ahmed, appealed to Nigerians to start clearing their drainages of dirt and distil them.
He urged that the Community Development Associations (CDA ) should live up to their responsibility in coordinating the activities of neighbourhoods toward safer environments.