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LASEMA meets with representatives of local govt areas in Lagos East Senatorial Districts over flooding

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…Attends to 795 incidents between January-July 2023*

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, on Tuesday met with representatives of Local Government Areas in Lagos East Senatorial District.
This is in continuation of its flood mitigation and adaption awareness campaign themed “A Flood Free Lagos 2023: Building Flood Resilience is our Collective Responsibility”
LASEMA had conducted an analysis of flooding in all the Council areas in the Senatorial District with the aim of sensitising the local authority and expose them to ways to check the menace.

It was discovered that the flooding incidences in the local council development areas in the district are mostly man made and wreaking havoc on the environment.

Major causes of flooding outlined in LASEMA’s analysis are high river levels, concentration of overland flow due to heavy rainfall, limited capacity of drainage systems as well as blockage of waterways and drainage channels developed to facilitate surface run-offs.

Sensitizing them on steps to take during the forum at the LASEMA’s Control and Commamd Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu advised them to establish a chain of command in each of the local government areas and warned against non chalant attitude to refuse disposal, harping on the fact that ensuring a flood free Lagos is everybody’s responsibility.

Dr Oke-Osanyintolu pointed out that the State government’s huge investment in emergency management would not yield the desired result without effective commitment and support from the local councils as well as residents.

Responding on behalf of others, the Vice Chairman of Ijede LCDA, Mr. Femi Kabir, identified poor drainage system as responsible for flooding and promised that LASEMA’s advice on the necessary intervention would be duly implemented.

The data from LASEMA indicate that the Agency attended to 119 incidents in the month of July, 2023 alone, while it responded and managed 795 incidents between January and July, ranging from road traffic accidents, collapsed buildings, fire and gas/pipeline explosion.