Monday, 13 February 2012

Lagos Nigeria: Heavy Rainfall Killed One Person And Damaged Many Houses.

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As just reported, A sudden rainstorm in the early hours of yesterday torn through some parts of Lagos, killing at least one person and blowing off the roofs of many houses.
The downpour, which began at about 7am, wreaked havoc in Yaba, Apapa, Mile 2, Ejigbo, Obalende and Oyadiran Estate, Sabo, where it destroyed 20 houses.
Some residents at the Jakande Estate, Iba, off the Isheri-LASU Expressway, also had the roofs of their houses blown off.
Electric poles along the Third Mainland Bridge and communication masts on Lagos Mainland, were also destroyed.
Some areas like the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway were flooded, resulting in gridlock traffic that took several hours to clear.
Some residents, who had left for work before the rain began, were stranded at the various bus stops.
The sole victim, who was said to be on his way to work, died when a giant mast, uprooted by the storm, fell on his car  around Dordan Barracks, Obalende.
Spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Yushau Shuaib, confirmed the death of the yet-to-be identified person.
He advised Lagosians to take precautionary measures against future rainstorms as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological (NIMET) agency.
Commissioner for the Environment Tunji Bello described attributed the sudden storm to the effects of climate change, which the government has alsways talked about.
Bello said: “We have continued on our part to embark on adaptive and mitigative  efforts to  fight the global scourge. We have embarked on pre-raining season massive cleaning and dredging of canals and drainage channels to prevent flooding as well as embarked on massive enlightenment campaign to sensitise Lagosians on the need to live in a clean and sustainable environment.”
Other public infrastructure destroyed include: the fence of the NationalInsurance Commission (NIC), a section of Moremi Hall at the University of Lagos, Akoka and the newly built Office of the Public Defender, on Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere.
Houses were also destroyed at Onipanu, Palmgroove, Fadeyi and other communities along Ikorodu road.
Some Mega BRT bus stops on the ever-busy road were destroyed by the rain.
A victim of the rainstorm at Okota, Mr. Emmanuel James, told reporters that he was shocked to return home mid afternoon to discover that the roof of his building has been blown off.
James said: “I just returned home in the afternoon from work to meet pools of water  on my sofa; the rug in the sitting room soaked. The ceiling is practically squatting, weighed down by water;  I had to go out of my way to get roofs and a carpenter for repairs.”
Another victim, Micheal Adigun, in Isheri-Ijegun, said  his family watched with fear as the rainstorm wrecked havoc in their area.
 “We had to be on the alert because the wind wreaked havoc in many blocks in our area. Many houses lost their entire roof and the rain was entering without any barrier. We had to use buckets to drain our rooms.  Now the carpenter said we would need about six asbestos to fix our roof.” he said.
Responding to the development, Mr. Rabiu Hassan, of the Ejigbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), confirmed that over 50 buildings, including public primary and secondary schools, were affected within the Jakande Estate alone.
According to Hassan, other buildings in Oke-Afa were affected.
He said the council has deployed its officers to ascertain the extent of damage in its domain. Source: The Nations

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