FLOOD Alert;Ogun Govt.Asks Residents To Relocate - EDU-BIZNEWS


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

FLOOD Alert;Ogun Govt.Asks Residents To Relocate

Ogun State Government has alerted its residents against the impending flood in the state,asking residents in the flood prone areas to relocate to a save areas, to avoid disatster

The metrological report by the Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) had  earlier named the State as one of those that would experience flooding this year.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Mr. Ola Oresanya  issued the alert  in Abeokuta, during a press briefing to intimate members of the public on the weather forecast in the coming months of the year.

He listed the likely to be affected  arreas to include  those in Abeokuta South, Abeokuta North, Obafemi Owode, Ijebu-Ode, Ifo, Odeda, Ado-Odo/Ota, Sagamu, Ijebu-East and Ogun Waterside Local Government Areas to make necessary provisions to avoid severe impact of the natural occurrence.

According to Oresanya, the agency’s report stated that there would be flash flood in July and a high intensity rainfall by September, 2021, which would result into river flooding, as the soil would have been saturated by then, coupled with the likely release of water from Oyan Dam.

The Special Adviser urged the people to ensure proper clearing of drainage channels within their domain and desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse into the water ways, affirming that the unwholesome attitude had been responsible for major flooding incidences.

He added that farmers should also avoid the likely disaster by ensuring harvest before the period to prevent losses  

"Farmers around wetlands and river banks should complete their harvesting before the above stated time to avert loss of crops and livestock to flooding. Pedestrians and motorists should also be cautious of high volume of storm water during this period", Oresanya advised.

Contributing, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Waheed Odusile who announced government's effort in creating Flood Emergency Management Unit, said it could be reached on 08036401944 or 09010480056 in case of any environmental emergency.

Edu-Biznews recalled that Abeokuta, the state capital experienced massive flooding on July 13, 2018 which submerged several houses and claimed three lives including a pregnant woman  

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