arts of Lagos State, especially parts of Lagos Island were flooded with water, leaving cars submerged and passengers stranded on Friday.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports this has prompted the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to issue an advisory, urging residents of the State to observe safety precautions during downpours.
Especially, residents of Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, Alimosho, Amuwo Odofin, Ikeja, Ojo, Kosofe, Apapa, Epe, Oshodi-Isolo, Shomolu, Surulere and Ajeromi /Ifelodun LGAs have been advised to be more careful.
Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Assistant Zonal Coordinator, South West Zonal Office, NEMA gave the advice in a statement on Friday in Lagos.
According to him, the residents should avoid driving when flood covers half of vehicles’ tyres. He also advised that trekking should be avoided during downpours.
“Once the rainwater gets to half of the wheels it sweeps off your vehicle. Kindly park and move on to higher ground for safety.
“When the rainwater must have risen above our ankles; once it happens like this, the flood has the capacity to carry us off,” Farinloye said.
He advised teachers to keep pupils in classrooms during downpours, no matter the duration, to safeguard their lives.
The NEMA boss warned people living in buildings with signs of danger to report to the appropriate agencies for assistance.
“Residents of Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, Alimosho, Amuwo Odofin, Ikeja, Ojo, Kosofe, Apapa, Epe, Oshodi-Isolo, Shomolu, Surulere and Ajeromi /Ifelodun LGAs are advised to be more careful when it rains.
“The 2021 Annual Flood Outlook has predicted more flooding to be experienced in these 13 local government areas.
“Anyone in need of emergency assistance should call 08067715203, 07066836580 for prompt response, in addition to 112 and 767 for immediate assistance,” Farinloye said.
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