The Lagos state government has alerted residents downstream of the Ogun River of the likelihood of experiencing flood this month (October).
The government then directed residents of about 18 areas to relocate immediately.
In a statement, spokesperson for the ministry of environment, Kunle Adeshina, identified the affected areas as Alagbole, Agboyi I, Agboyi II, Ajegunle, Itowolo, Majidun, Ibeshe, Baiyeku, Meiran, Maidan, Kara, Isheri-Olowora, Agiliti, Owode-Onirin, Owode-Elede, Maidan, Lekki-Ajah and the Lagos Lagoon boundaries.
“The latest alert which emanated from the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources is a follow-up to a public statement issued by the Ogun Osun River Basin Authority on Monday showing rainfall and average water released monthly for the Years 2021, 2022 and 2023 till mid-October and warning of possible inundation by flooding which is already happening.”
“Lagos floods: List of areas at risk Alagbole, Meiran, Maidan, Kara, Isheri-Olowora, Agiliti, Owode-Onirin, Owode-Elede, Agboyi I, Agboyi II, Ajegunle, Itowolo, Majidun, Ibeshe, Baiyeku, Maidan, Lekki-Ajah, and Lagos Lagoon boundaries.”
Furthermore, Adeshina said the safety of the lives and properties of residents is paramount to the government and is the reason for the urgent call for citizens’ relocation.