Rainfall: Lagos Govt Urges Residents Not To Panic
Lagos State Government, weekend, urged residents not to panic as the rainy season began, assuring that any flash flood recorded during any rainfall, would be temporary as the government had done what was needed to ensure the flood did not last.
This came as it urged residents residing on low line areas to relocate when the intensity of the rains became severe, as the state would not want any resident to lose his or her life or property to flood during the rainy period.
Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, spoke while monitoring the mid rain cleaning programme in Lagos Island, Mainland and Victoria Island executed by the drainage maintenance office and emergency flood abatement arms of the Ministry during weekend’s rainfall.
According to Bello, any flood seen would disappear as soon as the rain stopped, because the ministry had cleaned and dredged primary and secondary channels across the state ahead of this year’s rainy season.He said government would sustain its maintenance and cleaning programmes to ensure that major canals and channels were kept clean to allow free flow and discharge of water whenever it rained.
The commissioner, however, advised residents residing along the coast lines, Lagoons, low line areas like Kuramo Beach, Alpha Beach, Okun Mapo, Owode Elede, Ikorodu, Badia, Ijora, Ajegunle and other areas to relocate when the intensity of the rain became severe.
He said the warning became necessary following predictions by meteorologists that more rains were likely to be recorded this year and as a responsible and proactive government, the Ministry of the Environment had put in place measures to contain whatever flash flood was recorded.
The commissioner explained that Lagos as a coastal state, was susceptible to flash flood anytime it rained, saying “however, what is of utmost importance to this administration is to ensure that, whatever flash flood experienced is effectively discharged into our channels that have been dredged and cleaned, in anticipation of this year’s rain.”
He urged residents to ensure that waste generated were properly disposed through the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA and accredited PSP operators.
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