LAGOS STATE ISSUES URGENT FLOOD WARNING FOR SEPTEMBER 2023

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The Lagos State Government has issued a flood alert for residents; particularly those living downstream of the Ogun River. This alert comes in response to the updated 2023 Water Releases Forecast for Flood Control by the Ogun-Osun River Basin Authority, which takes effect in September.

As anticipated, heavy rainfall has been occurring, heightening the risk of flooding in certain areas. The affected catchment areas include Alagbole, Meiran, Maidan, Kara, Isheri-Olowora, Agiliti, Owode-Onirin, Owode-Elede, Agboyi I, Agboyi II, Ajegunle, Itowolo, Majidun, Ibeshe, Baiyeku, and the Lekki-Ajah axis. The state government’s primary concern is the safety of residents and their property.

The Permanent Secretary of the Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Lekan Shodeinde, has advised residents and property owners in the listed areas to be prepared to move to higher ground when water levels indicate the possibility of flooding. This advice applies to all residents across the state.

Shodeinde also mentioned that the water levels of all tributaries, including the Oyan Dam, are rising; contributing to the potential flooding downstream of the Ogun River. The state government had previously alerted residents in other areas to prepare for heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding.

Residents of the affected areas are therefore urged to stay vigilant and monitor rainfall during and after the specified periods. The government’s goal is to ensure the safety of lives and property in the face of these weather challenges.

 

 

 

 

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