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Heavy Rains: Flood Sweeps Away Two Children, Displaces Families In Lagos

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Residents of Alapere area of Lagos on Saturday recorded another tragedy as two yet-to-be-identified children were swept away as people battled flood after a downpour that lasted for hours and submerged many parts of the area.


According to report, the incident occurred at about 8:00pm at Oyebanjo Street, Ketu.











While the rain forced some residents to stay indoors, a few others suffered personal tragedies as the downpour and flooding led to destruction of properties.


Confirming the development, the Lagos Emergency Management Agency said it received several calls concerning the incident.


The children are yet to be found at the time of this report.








“The agency received distress calls concerning the above. On arrival at the scene of the incident, it was discovered that around 8:00 pm., two children had been caught up by flood water.










“A joint team of responders comprising agency responders, LASG Fire Service and LASAMBUS were at the scene. The agency’s Tiger team commenced a search and rescue operation along the path of the floodwater.


“Initial observations revealed a sloping topography with a direct channel of drain water into the canal. This has proven to be rather challenging to navigate.


“Members of the public are urged to exercise extreme caution, particularly with young children, in flood prone and low lying areas,” the agency said.


A rescue operation is ongoing, it said.











VOICE AIR MEDIA gathered that a four-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl were swept away by flood in the same state (Lagos) during the heavy rains in June. The bodies of the children were later recovered by the agency.



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