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NEMA calls on Lagos citizens to observe safety amidst downpour



NEMA calls on Lagos citizens to observe safety amidst downpour

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called on citizens of Lagos State to observe safety precautions during downpours.

In a statement, on Friday, Acting Assistant Zonal Coordinator, NEMA Southwest Zonal Office, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, gave the advice in Lagos.

In accordance with him, the citizens should avoid driving when flood covers half of vehicles’ tyres.

He said, “Once the rainwater gets to half of the wheels it sweeps off your vehicle, kindly park and move on to higher ground for safety.”

The Acting Assistant Zonal Coordinator also advised that trekking should be avoided during downpours.

He said, “The rainwater must have risen above our ankles, once it happens like this; the flood has the capacity to carry us off.”

Farinloye urged teachers to keep pupils in classrooms during downpours, regardless of the duration, to safeguard their lives.

He warned people living in buildings with signs of danger to report to the appropriate agencies for help.

Farinloye said, “Residents of Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, Alimosho, Amuwo Odofin, Ikeja, Ojo, Kosofe, Apapa, Epe, Oshodi-Isolo, Shomolu, Surulere and Ajeromi /Ifelodun LGAs are advised to be more careful when it rains.

“The 2021 Annual Flood Outlook has predicted more flooding to be experienced in these 13 Local Government Areas.

“Anyone in need of emergency assistance should call 08067715203, 07066836580 for prompt response, in addition to 112 and 767 for immediate assistance.”

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