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Flood sweeps motorcyclist away during heavy rainfall in Lagos

Flood sweeps motorcyclist away during heavy rainfall in Lagos
September 16
18:24 2023

A motorcyclist has been swept away by flood during a downpour in Lagos state on Saturday.

The incident occurred at the Ile-Epo area of Alimosho LGA of the state.

Ibrahim Farinloye, territorial coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said the motorcyclist was swept into a canal after refusing to heed his colleagues warnings not to ride in the rain.

He said the incident happened around 10:30am and that the body of the victim is yet to be recovered as of the time he was speaking.

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The rainfall, which started in the wee hours of the morning, lasted for hours and led to flooding in different parts of Lagos including Papa Ashafa and Fashola communities in Orile-Agege LCDA.

Farinloye said some residents that have been displaced by the flood are taking refuge in four churches in the area.

“Some vulnerable groups have moved to temporary safe facilities, while the adults are salvaging their water-impacted properties,” he said.

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“NEMA is assisting the owner of a building where the fence collapsed.”

Farinloye also said Mustapha Ahmed, director-general of NEMA, has directed the immediate release of relief materials to the affected flood victims in Lagos.

“Children wears, women wears, mattresses, antiseptics and other immediate assistance to the impacted population at Orile-Agege LGA to provide immediate succour to about 200 people this afternoon are being loaded currently, ” Farinloye said.

He appealed to Lagos residents to take precautions during such heavy rainfall.

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TheCable had also reported how many communities in the state were flooded during the rain.

The areas most affected by the rainfall include Satellite Town; Oko-baba in Agege; Egbede; Ikotun; Ajegunle; and Ojo.

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