Abuja: Death toll in the torrential rain
and flooding that hit Nigeria`s economic capital, Lagos, rose
to 30 on Tuesday even as the number of displaced persons stood at
Heavy downpour in the Island city of 15 million people
triggered the overflow of canals with water which poured into
residential areas and major roads.
Eleven of the dead were children who drowned in the
ensuing flood as the victims could not distinguish between the
roads and drainage channels.
Dr Austin Arogun, Vice-chairman of Agbado Oke-Odo
Local Council Development Area (LCDA), was quoted by the local
media as saying that about 10 bodies were recovered from
In Dopemu area, two persons were found dead in a
soak-away while Agege area witnessed the highest number of
casualties with about 20 drowned including 11 children.
Ten persons drowned and their bodies recovered from a
canal at densely populated Iyana-Ikpaja including two women
whereas in Surulere, a tricycle carrying four passengers drove
into a canal leading to the death of all the passengers.
More dead bodies from several parts of the city were
deposited at various hospital mortuaries around the state
while the displaced persons were told to report to the state
emergency centres near to them.
Schools remained closed yesterday on the instruction
of Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola.
"Our major problem now is that the ocean level of both
the Atlantic and Lagoon has increased drastically and it is
more than usual, so my men are on the field to tackle it," Dr
Femi Okei-Osunyitolu, the General Manager, Lagos State
Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said while confirming the
Director General of National Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani-Sidi added that "The flood is
unprecedented and caused by the length of rain, heavier
downpour, blockage of water channels and drainages,
indiscriminate dumping of refuse, building of houses along
Lagos, a southern state was the capital of the
oil-rich African country until December 12, 1991 when the
capital was moved to Abuja.