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Lagos issues coastal flood warning

09 August 2013, 12:24

Abuja - The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has urged residents living along the coastal lines in the city to evacuate amid fears of imminent flooding.

The state emergency agency gave the evacuation order after a surge was experienced at the Lekki Beach area, with water flooding areas around the beach and offices.

LASEMA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said those living in Lekki, Alpha and Elugushi beaches must vacate immediately as a similar surge was imminent.

“For now, those residing along the shore should stay off. Those who are close to the sea can confirm that there are times the tidal waves are on the increase but the truth is that scientifically things are changing," Oke-Osanyintolu said.

“Those who live in Lekki, Alpha and Elugushi Beaches and their environs should vacate the area now because of the likelihood of the surge which could lead to severe flooding."

Oke-Osanyintolu appealed to those going for picnic in the Eid-El-Fitr celebration to exercise caution, saying accidents and emergencies that occurred mostly because of carelessness.

Oke-Osanyintolu said LASEMA, Lagos State Fire and Safety Service, Lagos State Ambulance Service, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Nigerian Police Force and other agencies were on high alert amid flooding fears.

- CAJ News

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