NEMA warns against rainstorms, urges schools to protect children 

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a warning against rainstorms and urged school parents to protect their children during the rainy season in Lagos.

Speaking on the development, Southwest coordinator NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, said  its assessment has shown that some houses have been impacted to various degrees across Lagos state. 

While releasing an update on the effects of the recent rainstorms in Lagos, the agency said, “Major occurrences of 1st and 15th of May, 2023, recorded serious wind/rain storm without any casualty or fatality but with attendant damages of public and private buildings”. 

The agency carried out assessment of Agboyi 1, Agboyi 2, Agboyi 3, Odo Ogun communities in Kosofe local government area of Lagos state had about 130 houses either partially or fully affected with about 228 families involved; the incident occurred on May 1st.

According to NEMA, “The incident of 15th May, 2023  affected about 98 buildings in Agege; Ifako Ijaye; Ikola, Isale Aboru and Oke Ishagun located in Alimoso Local Government Area of Lagos State with about 108 families affected. About 13 electricity poles were affected in the areas.

“Nigerians must exercise utmost restraint on their activities, especially during working hours.

Children must not be allowed to play outside or sent on errand hours before rainfall.

“School authorities must be protective and train the children to hide under their furnitures to protect them from the effect of falling objects. We must avoid taking refuge under temporary structures and trees.”

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