Lagos - The Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Tunji Bello, on Thursday advised Lagos residents to prepare for heavy rainfall that will be accompanied by severe windstorm within the next two weeks.
The advice is contained in a statement signed by the ministry's Public Relations Officer, Mr Fola Adeyemi, in Lagos.
It said it was necessary to take precaution as the rainy season was envisaged to be in its peak period.
The commissioner particularly advised residents living along low line ares of Eti-Osa, Badiya, Amukoko, Makoko, Iwaya, Ajengunle, Owode and Ajilite to vacate the areas during the period.
``As a proactive and responsive administration that is committed to the overall well being of its citizenry, this alert became necessary in order to sensitise Lagosians, particularly those that reside in flood prone areas, to be on alert.''
He gave the assurance that government would intensify the clearing of drains in the state, to reduce flooding.
Bello also advised Lagos residents to desist from acts that could lead to flooding, including dumping of wastes into canals and erecting of structures on drain channels.
''This alert is a wake up call for all Lagosians to desist from acts that could lead to flooding, as well as join hands with the state government to ensure we have a flood free Lagos.''
He said in case of emergency, the residents should contact the drainage engineers and maintenance officers posted to the 57 local governments to tackle the challenges.