Rainfall: Lagos asks flood plain Kosofe residents to relocate

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday asked residents of lowland areas, such as Agboyi Ketu and Ajegunle, to relocate from their houses due to the heavy rain expected in the coming months.

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He said this would forestall loss of lives and damage to properties that could result from the rain, which would intensify in August and September.

A statement said the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, stated this during a briefing at Alausa, Ikeja.

Bello also warned people living along the plains of the Ogun River, saying they must be on the alert as the Ogun Osun River Basin Authority would soon commence seasonal release of the Oyan River Dam.

He stressed that the controlled water release was due to a weather forecast and the continuous heavy downpours.

“In July, five million cubic meters will be released, while by August, they will release eight to 10 million cubic meters.

“In September, it will be increased to 18 million cubic meters, while in October, 23 million cubic meters will be released, which is the peak.

“Then by November, gradual reduction of water release to the tube will be 11 million cubic meters,” Bello added.

The commissioner noted that from the prediction of the Nigerian Meteorological Services released early in the year, the increasing frequency of extreme weather events indicated that year 2020 would experience days with extremely high amount of rainfall which might result in flooding.

He, however, urged Lagosians not to be afraid, saying the state government had mapped out strategies to contain the flood.