Residents of 4 native authorities areas in Lagos State, particularly these dwelling on flood plains, have been on Thursday instructed to vacate their houses instantly. These in 15 different councils additionally obtained the warning.
Surroundings and Water Assets Commissioner Tunji Bello listed the councils to be worse-hit as Lagos Mainland, Mushin, Ibeju-Lekki and Ikorodu.
Bello defined that the native governments have been recognized as “extremely possible flood threat in 2020”.
In an announcement Mr. Bello mentioned the 4 listed councils will witness excessive depth rainfall between now and September.
He urged residents with buildings in low land areas to relocate at once to keep away from any untoward incident that will include flooding and lack of lives and properties.
Quoting from the Annual Flood Outlook launched by the Hydrological Providers Company on Could 28, Bello recognized 15 different native authorities areas as these at flood threat this 12 months.
The native authorities areas placed on the purple alert are: Lagos Island, Alimosho, Amuwo Odofin, Ikeja, Kosofe, Eti-Osa, Apapa, Ojo, Oshodi/Isolo, Agege, Ifako Ijaiye, Badagry, Surulere and Ajeromi-Ifelodun.
Bello assured that the ministry would intensify ongoing efforts at clearing silted drains as exemplified by the efforts of the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang (EFAG) everywhere in the black spots within the state.
He suggested residents to chorus from indiscriminate discharge of waste and to cease patronising itinerant cart pushers
The commissioner described as unimaginable, the heaps of pet plastic bottles, styro foams and strong waste being excavated each day from drainage channels in Mushin, Idi Oro, Idi Araba, LUTH and Mile 2, amongst different areas inside the Lagos metropolis.
Counting on investigation, Bello mentioned some merchants dump waste from their each day gross sales and articles within the markets into the drains, thus inhibiting free move of water into its channels.
He urged residents to desist from clogging drainage channels with refuse, particularly these already cleaned up, including that the unpatriotic act of some residents is placing the lives of these engaged on the drains in peril.
Bello warned that anybody caught within the act will face the complete wrath of the regulation.
He assured that the federal government was working tirelessly to revive drainage alignment in areas the place sand-filling actions have been carried out to reinforce water transportation.