Three siblings and seven people on Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, have been confirmed dead in the flooding resulting from the two-day rainfall witnessed in Lagos state.
Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, the Lagos Territorial Head of the National Emergency Management Agency, announces this on Wednesday in a statement. The siblings were identified as Michael, 18 years; Elizabeth 17 and Timi, 14.
He said the unfortunate incidents occurred at Oke Isagun, Agbado Oke, in the Alimosho Local Government Area of the state. Two bodies have been recovered from a similar incident at Oyatoki, in the Orile-Agege area of the state.
“The post-emergency phase assessment after the unprecedented rainfall of Friday, 8th July and Saturday, 9th July 2022 has revealed that about 7 people, 3 children of same parents and 4 adults, died as a result of the flooding that was witnessed during the 2-day continuous rainfall. About 8 lives were also saved during the period.
The 3 siblings that lost their lives were residing at a church house belonging to Mercy of Christ Apostolic Church situated in an uncompleted building.” he stated.
The siblings were said to have been swept away while trying to relocate from their room to the main church structure. He stated that the youngest of them, Timi, said to be asthmatic, was reportedly trying to climb the plank linking their apartment to the church building when he fell, according to the Farinloye.
The statement read, “The rest of the siblings while trying to rescue their sibling were also swept away. NEMA, while on a condolence visit to the families met the members of Progressive Community Development Area representatives who conducted the Agency around the areas.
The bereaved parents were said to be on bereavement somewhere but the NEMA team had a brief meeting with the community leaders on the way forward.
An appeal was made to them that for the rest of the year, the community must embark on awareness and sensitization campaigns on safe actions to avoid the situation that they experienced during the period”.
Farinloye added that the community leaders also informed the agency that in the same community, four siblings of the same parents were swept away on the same day but were rescued.
“Members of the Programme CDA briefed NEMA that rainwater from Meiran, Abbatoir, Alagbado, Agege and Tollgate converged and channelled to their community.
The follow-up story on the Oyatoki, Orile Agege flood remains 4 rescued alive and 2 dead. NEMA was at the scene for a post-emergency phase assessment and met Honourable Adejare, Member, House of Representative representing Agege Federal Constituency who was on condolence and assessment visit to the area.
The honourable had directed the community members to block the road to prevent vehicular movement anytime they observed that the rainfall is intense and may cause havoc.
Another two male adults have swept away while) trying to cross over a road along Alagnole – Akute Road by Four Gate Hotel, Akute in Ogun State, a border community to Lagos State. The third male adult was saved and he is still on admission to the hospital but recovering fast.
Other areas that have serious impacts but did not involve lives are Mushin, Ikorodu, Kosofe, Agege and Eti Osa LGAs”.