The Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led Lagos State Government Tuesday said residents should expect additional heavy rains in July and September, but assured that necessary measures are in place to effectively manage the flash floods resulting from the rain.
This was coming as the dead body of a 17-year-old girl, simply identified as Ayisat, who was reportedly swept away by strong flood at Alapafuja axis of Surulere Low Cost Housing Estate following persistent rainfall in the state on Monday, was found at Onilegogo canal in Surulere.
Allaying fears of Lagosians on the continuous heavy downpour being experienced in the past few days, Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, at a press briefing in Alausa, while outlining measures already put in place for this year’s rainfall pattern, urged all residents of low lying areas like Agboyi-Ketu, Ajegunle and several others to relocate from their residences, without further delay, to avoid being trapped by the rainfall at the risk of their lives and property.
While noting that Idi-Oro and Olosha in Mushin are areas experiencing issues because of indiscriminate refuse dumping, the commissioner assured that the ministry is taking steps to tackle the problem of refuse dumping in the area so that the drainage channels could work effectively.
He explained that part of measures taken to dissuade residents from dumping of refuse was the recent arrest of eight people in Idi-Araba for throwing waste into the canal.
Bello revealed that Lagos State Government is in talks with Ogun State Government to identify a site that would complement the inadequate capacity of Olusosun dumpsite for joint management by both states.
He warned that the ministry has empowered its environmental enforcement agents to arrest and prosecute sanitation offenders in Lagos.