Residents of low line areas in Lagos State and adjoining cities in Ogun State, similar to Warewa, Arepo, Magboro and Ibafo, are apprehensive because the rains get heavier. For some residents, the time they normally vacate their residents yearly for safer locations for worry of floods has come. Not even the creation of synthetic channels and lakes in some upscale estates alongside the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has checked the rampaging flood, stories OKWY IROEGBU-CHIKEZIE
There’s uneasy calm over the deliberate launch of water from Oyan Dam managed by Ogun-Oshun River Basin Authority.
Yearly, the dam is opened as a mitigating effort to create house for the water to have its most deployment. The amount of water launched yearly is decided by the mix of index hydrological information base of the river basin authority.
Final yr, areas, similar to Mile 12, Ketu, Owode, Oworoshoki and Bariga, had been overran by flood with deaths recorded and properties misplaced. It was worse in communities alongside the Lagos- Ibadan Expressway, similar to Isheri, Warewa, Arepo, Magboro and Ibafo areas of Ogun State, the place excessive losses in human and supplies had been reported.
Residents who spoke with The Nation had been apprehensive as they recalled their previous experiences of losses. Their apprehension just isn’t for nothing as at some extent, a whole lot of individuals residing in these communities may solely entry their houses with assistance from canoes whereas homes and properties had been misplaced to the ravaging flood.
They’re afraid of the merciless destiny that will develop into their lot and that of their households with Covid-19 pandemic and the necessity for social distancing.
Earlier, elevating an alarm on the approaching heavy rains and attendant flooding, Lagos State Commissioner for Setting and Water Sources, Tunji Bello warned the general public on the deliberate opening of Ogun-Oshun River Basin Improvement Authority (OORBDA) and the discharge of 5 million Cubic meters subsequent month, 10 million cubic meters in August and 18 million cubic meters in September, and the highest launch in October of 23 million cubic’s with a gradual discount of water to 11 million cubic meters in November.
He lamented that the design capability of the dam is insufficient for right now’s actuality of 1770 million cubic meters as towards 270 million cubic meters it was made for.
He suggested residents who dwell inside the lowly areas, similar to Agbowo-Ketu, Mile 12, Owode and others, to be ready to vacate their houses for security.
Bello stated: “The surplus water just isn’t solely from the dam reservoir, but additionally from resultant impact within the catchment upstream. Normally, Lagos will expertise, river flooding, coastal flooding and flash and concrete flooding.
It’s crucial to state that for a coastal metropolis like Lagos as soon as it rains persistently for at least eight hours, there should be flash flood brought on by growing incapability of excessive rise of the lagoon which is caused by an increase of the ocean waters”.
Whereas sympathising with residents of the state who misplaced their family members because of the heavy downpour of June 17 and 18, he confused that it had develop into crucial to take harder measures due to the growing impact of local weather change and the price of sustaining the drainage channels.
The commissioner stated the federal government was engaged on 222 secondary channels out of which 146 have been accomplished throughout the state simply as 46 main channels are receiving consideration, he said.
On different actions of his ministry to minimise flooding, he stated: “We have now deployed our Emergency Flood Abatement Gangs (EFAG) which can be being deployed around the state to undertake fast repair to free manholes or clogged up drains manually.”
Responding to complaints of some residents of Aguda, Shomolu, Surulere, and Oworonshoki of not seeing any contractor on website towards authorities claims, he reiterated that the contractors had been engaged on the channels however in some cases cleansing normally begin from the decrease stream.
He maintained that areas in Idi Oro, Mushin and different areas experiencing points are because of indiscriminate dumping of refuse.