The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has warned that no fewer than eight million residents of Lagos State may face flood disaster.
According to the Acting Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, in a Tuesday flag-off of “Door to Door 2020 Flood Awareness and Sensitisation Campaign on Prevention, Management and Mitigation of Flood” in Mushin, “There have been predictions of flooding in certain areas of Lagos State.”
The awareness campaigns which kicked off from Mushin was focused on high risk flood prone areas in the state. It was accompanied with a walk show.
Mr Farinloye said the agency was in partnership with the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Red Cross, and public health practitioners.
He said this is to ensure that critical people, especially women and children are well equipped with adequate information in case of flood.
“There have been predictions of flooding in certain areas of Lagos State.
“So, the federal government wants us to go and sensitise people because we do not want to record any unfortunate incident, especially loss of lives and property.
“We want to empower people with information against losses. So far so good, we have assessed close to eight million people to be vulnerable to flood disaster in Lagos State.
“Four local government areas have been identified as highly probable flood prone areas, and about 13 are said to be probable,” Mr Farinloye added.