As the United States of America continues to grapple with the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy, one of the worst hurricanes to ever descend on the country, the Lagos State Government has warned residents of the state to prepare for the ripple effect of the hurricane in the state.
The Commissioner for Waterfront Development and Infrastructure, Mr. Adesegun Oniru told Punch that the government was projecting that within seven to 14 days, the state would experience the ripple effect of the hurricane in its coast lines.
He explained that the government based its projection on, “experience, records and study of past happenings” and had started taking precautionary measures.
“This warning is not to cause panic in Lagos, but to place us all on alert that if we notice anything unusual in our coast lines, we should not go near the waters but rather call government attention.
“This storm has hit the Caribbean and is now in USA. We always get a ripple effect of such happening in Lagos.
“This wind started in Africa, went west gathering more wind and later turning to hurricane. We expect a splash back effect. It could be on our coast lines and shore lines, it could be more than that. And it may not happen at all. Everybody must be vigilant. Let us be careful around our oceans and lagoons.”
The Commissioner added that the government was planning to protect Kuramo, Oniru, Majidun, Alpha beach and other areas affected by the last ocean surge in the state.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba also urged the state residents not to panic, saying the alert was for them to know what to do to prepare for such occurence.
Hurricane Sandy is a 2012 late-season violent tropical storm that has affected Jamaica, Cuba, the Bahamas, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the eastern seaboard of the United States of America.
Meanwhile, in the USA, the death toll has reached 50 and damages in the country tops $20billion.