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National Emergency Management Agency confirms death of 7 person in Lagos flood

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed death of seven persons in the flooding that occurred in Lagos last weekend explaining that three children of same parent and four adults were part of the victims

Penpushing reports that, the Zonal Coordinator, South West, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Ibrahim Farinloye, made the disclosure in a statement issued on Wednesday, adding that post emergency phase assessment revealed the casualty figures.

“The post-emergency phase assessment after the unprecedented rainfall of Friday, 8th July and Saturday, 9th July, 2022 has revealed that about seven people – three children of same parent and four adults – died’, he said.

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Penpushing further reports that, Farinloye added that about  eight lives were also saved during the two-day continuous rainfall which resulted in the flooding, stating that the three siblings who lost their lives were residing at a church building belonging to Mercy of Christ Apostolic Church, situated in an uncompleted building.

The Zonal Director identified the siblings as include, Michael (18) Elizabeth (17) and Timi(14) adding that , were swept away while trying to relocate from their room to the main church structure, explaining that the youngest child, Timi, who was said to be asthmatic, while trying to climb the plank linking their room to the church building, slipped and was overpowered by the flood.

Penpushing also reports that, Farinloye stated that the remaining two while trying to rescue their sibling, were also swept away by the flood, adding that as at the time of the incident the parents were not within the vicinity of the scene

“The bereaved parents were said to be somewhere, but the NEMA team had a brief meeting with the community leaders on the way forward. An appeal was made to them that for the rest of the year, the community must embark on awareness and sensitisation on safe actions, to avoid the situation that they experienced during the period’, he said.

“The community leaders also informed NEMA that in the same community, four siblings were also swept away on the same day, but that the community members rallied round and rescued all of them’ Farinloye said.

Penpushing further reports that, Farinloye said the agency team, had paid a condolence visit to the bereaved families, as well as meeting  representatives of Progressive Community Development Area, who conducted the agency around the affected communities.

The Director who listed the flooded communities as Oke Isagun and Agbado-Oke Odo Local Council Development Authority (LCDA), in Alimosho, added that members of the Progressive Community Development Authority(CDA) briefed the agency  that rainwater from Meiran, Abbatoir, Alagbado, Agege, and Toll gate converged on their community.

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