Sunday, 9 July 2017

Lagos flood: NTA shuts Lagos network centre as Lagos govt urges residents to remain calm, vigilant + Top Photos

Residents of Lekki and Victoria Island, Lagos have been experiencing massive flood for the past few days.

The flooding has been largely blamed on bad drainage system and the Eko Atlantic City project.

The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) network centre on Ahmadu Bello way in Victoria Island, Lagos, has been shut as a result of the flood.

The flood that has affected major streets in the neighbourhoods of Victoria Island (VI) and Lekki has left many people trapped in their homes, while vehicles found it difficult to move.

According to TheCable, an official said, “Our office has been shut because of the flood. Although the water has gone down now, the management has decided that for safety reasons, activities should be suspended until Monday.”

However, the Lagos State Government on Sunday urged residents to remain calm.

The State’s Commissioner for Environment, Babatunde Adejare, who spoke after inspecting areas affected by the flood in the State, assured that the Government has activated its emergency response system to respond efficiently where necessary, Vanguard reports.

He said the flood was as a result of high tide of the lagoon, slowing down the flow of rainfall water from drainage channels.

“We are on top of the situation. The Government is concerned by the recent occurrence of flooding in some parts of Victoria Island, Lekki, Oniru and its environs and our emergency lines 112 and 767 are open 24/7 for residents to report any emergency situation,” he said.

He said that the Government was concerned about the safety of residents, hence the continuous call on those living in flood-prone areas to relocate temporarily pending when the rain recedes.

“Like we have been telling them, if the rain still persist, please don’t go out of your homes, except you are living by the coast or by the low line. If you are one of those, you have to move upland, move away from the coast until the rain recedes. But if you are living upland and it’s raining persistently and it’s not necessary or compulsory for you to go out, please stay indoors. If you also have contact with flood water, wash your hands always, whatever has been touched by the flood water should not be eaten, it’s important,” Adejare said.

See some photos and videos from the flooding.


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