Lagosians have been warned to stay away from coastal beaches in case of in an impending ocean surge that could occur at any time.
The warning was contained in a statement by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday, June 17.Lagos state is not new to ocean surges especially the Victoria Island area of Lagos which has been affected by surges from Bar beach and Kuramo beach.
NEMA urged all beach goers in the state and boat operators to be safety conscious to avert loss of life and property during any possible surge.
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The statement, which was issued by south-west spokesperson for NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, reads in part: “NEMA is advising all users of inland waterways and fun seekers on the beaches and coastal lines to exercise utmost cautions in the face of turbulent nature of the sea.
“NEMA and other stakeholders have alerted ferry/boats operators on the situations and they are already applying safety measures as dynamic as the situations in case of emergency.”
Earlier this month, the Lagos state government alerted residents, especially those residing in flood-prone areas to relocate immediately as the water table has risen due to the high rainfall.
Flood-plain areas highlighted include Ajegunle, Owode-Onirin axis, Owode-Elelede, Kuramo Beach, Alpha Beach, Okun-Mapo, Okun Ajah, Mende-Maryland, Ijora-Badia, Iwaya, among others.