- For some resident of the Ogba area of Lagos, Tuesday, September 15, was like going through hell
- The downpour that took place on Tuesday caused serious flooding in that part of the state
- In fact, the gate of the Area G police station in the area was completely inaccessible
A lot of Lagosians were left stranded and devasted after the downpour that lasted for hours on Tuesday, September 15, especially in the Ogba area of the state.
In a three-minute-long video clip posted by Legit.ng's reporter Monday Idara, it was obvious that both the front gate and building of the Area G police station were completely flooded.
Entire streets and major roads were also swept by the stagnant rainwater while commercial and private motorists struggled to drive through to their destinations.
For some other drivers, the experience was indeed an ordeal as their cars got stuck along the road due to engines damaged by water.
Pedestrians totally avoided the roads as they trekked on pavements and gutter slabs.
Earlier, families in Kano were affected by flooding which claimed four lives and destroyed over 5,200 houses.
The sad incident happened in Rogo and Danbatta local government areas of the state. Confirming the incident on Saturday, September 5, Sale Jili, the executive secretary of the Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said two persons lost their lives and 200 houses were destroyed in Rogo.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that about 102 local government areas in 28 states across the nation had been alerted of an imminent flood by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
NEMA's director-general, Muhammadu Muhammed, in a statement on Friday, July 10, made it known that from the yearly Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) and Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) released by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), Kaduna would be one of the affected states.
Muhammed specifically stated that the Kaura and Zaria local government areas of the state will be hit by the flood.
To avert disasters that might possibly ensue from this natural occurrence, the NEMA boss called on state governments to organise humanitarian coordination meetings to get stakeholders ready.
He said: “That refuse, weeds, water hyacinths should be removed from drainages, water channels and all avenues for river run-offs so as to allow free flow of floodwaters.”
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