Lagos State Government says Rainfall will be Heavier This Year | People Living in Flood-Prone Areas Advised to Relocate During the Rainy Season

The rainy season in Lagos state is usually an unpleasant period for most residents as the floods that come with it makes living conditions and transportation difficult in several parts of the state. For the past few years, residents have groaned under the devastating effects of the floods. This year may be no different as the Lagos State Government has called on residents of the state to be prepared for heavier rainfall this year.

General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu told PM News that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET, had predicted heavier rainfall for Lagos this year.

NIMET has informed us that there will be heavier rainfall in Lagos State this year but we are well prepared. We have changed the way we are now doing our roads. We have planned for eventuality. All our stakeholders are set for this year’s rainfall. Lagosians should not panic. The administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola is well prepared for the rains,” he stated.

Oke-Osanyintolu advised people living in flood-prone areas to relocate during the rainy season in order to avert disaster. He also warned that people should not dump refuse inside primary and secondary drainage channels.

I recall that during last year’s rainy season, people were unable to sleep in their homes for several days as the water level rose thigh high into homes and offices across the state. People lost their property, their homes and their lives to the devastating effects of the flood. We hope more steps would be taken to prevent a repeat of such heavy floods.

20 Comments on Lagos State Government says Rainfall will be Heavier This Year | People Living in Flood-Prone Areas Advised to Relocate During the Rainy Season
  • Sommie January 30, 2013 at 2:35 am

    “…advised people living in flood-prone areas to relocate…”. Relocate to where? Their villages, Govt. house or what?

  • Miss Mo January 30, 2013 at 6:15 am

    If I may ask, “relocate to where?”. SMH….

    • SAT January 30, 2013 at 7:47 am

      People should think about going back to their villa if they are from Lagos they should move to family house.

      • abby January 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

        Dearsat…did you pause and reflect on the fact that some ‘family houses’ even in Lagos are on flood plains?

  • Olufunmi January 30, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Where will they relocate to?? :O
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  • emmanuel January 30, 2013 at 8:35 am

    mehn dis is too bad for Nigeria. We kip praying to God for a total intervention.this flood of a thing is xo strange cos we don’t xperience such disaster years back or is it the endtime truly?

  • Chima January 30, 2013 at 8:55 am

    So those living on the island should relocate to where?

  • bussie January 30, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Relocate to America on the government bill?! I’m pretty sure, if they had a choice, they wouldn’t be staying there at all

  • Annie January 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

    And they wont work on the canals and all other drianage systems…stupid people have been on same canal for over tow years now and they have the guts to say, people living in flood prone area should relocate? what have they done to help the people in these areas? nothing, Fashola you had better tell your people to stop embezzeling money set aside to fix canals/drianage systems to for once use the money for the sake of the people…ayan seriously tired of this whole rain/flood wahala, you guys should atleast make an effort to reduce the effect of the rain/flood where possible. 🙁

  • her January 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

    relocate to where???, these people never cease to amaze me…… you had a whole year to come up with a plan to reduce the effect of this flood, yet you had the guts to tell them to relocate.. to where exactly? the house you built for them??…. screw you all!!!!!!!

    • Bleed blue January 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      As in…with a BIG screwdriver!

  • pynk January 30, 2013 at 11:45 am

    These Nigerian officials are just idiots most times. Arent they the same idiots selling land to people in gorges and such?

  • ogags January 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Its just a warning na,I don’t think there is anything wrong with that to be for warned is to be for harmed.

  • dammylee January 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Am sorry to say, but you guys leaving comments should pls think before talking. The word relocate in this situation is to find somewhere to stay until the rainy season is gone/over. In america here, people that leave close to the ocean or close to places where its always affected by weather condition, always vacate their homes for the main time so as to avoid unseen situations. For example, hurricane sandy, people were warned but some decided to stay behind. A word is enough for the wise. So please think.

    • Sylvia January 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      you are very silly I swear. I’m sure you are a child, or a teenager max. if you are an adult, mehn, I don’t even know what to say. To compare America, to people who live in these areas and are suffering on a normal day, without flood. They should relocate to where? Your father’s house on Victoria Island. Cos it is people like you who live in a rich man’s bubble, that cannot understand or empathise with people who are experiencing hardships. They should relocate like the people in America. O stupid gan o. You actually thought that, and wrote it down. MSchew

  • J January 31, 2013 at 8:01 am

    BellaNaija Team,
    Kindly help with compiling a list of flood-prone areas in Lagos for public awareness.
    Thank you.

  • Peachy_mo January 31, 2013 at 8:47 am

    @dammylee never ever compare Nigeria with America! not even with a 100 yardstick. You’re in a system that works do you think its the same here? Average Nigerians cannot even afford a vacation how much more relocation. Where? The low-cos housing scheme implemented or the basic relief centers available? have you even thought further to the water borne disease we’ll all be exposed to???

  • Concerned fan March 6, 2013 at 3:56 am

    If this concerns you pls relocate to Ur village during the rainy season then come back after……if u work pls show Ur employers the advice from the government….God help you..

  • omo oye April 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    If you are greedy you can do anything to get to where or wha does not belong to you, and at the end these greedy bastards will die taking nothing with them, time will tell , we hear what WAYAS the former sanate president saying that he now live on charity, when he was in power we all knew how he lived, God is not asleep, God will judge everybody when the time come, wait fot the LORD.

  • Ojie August 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    How stupid. As always, they chicken out from their

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