Thursday, August 4, 2016

Lagos Government Prepares for Impending Flood, 5000 People May Lose Homes

Following the recent forecast by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) of impending flood in Lagos and some other states, the Lagos state government has begun preparations to handle the situation if and when it does arise.

Mr Femi Giwa, head of Operations and Logistics at the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) told newsmen the steps taken thus far by the agency to prepare for a possible flood disaster.
Vanguard reports that the LASEMA boss stated that the agency has stepped up high level preparations for the impending flood. He stated that the Lagos government was already equipping its relief and emergency camps at Agbowa within the Lagos East senatorial district, and in Igando,Lagos west Senatorial.

Giwa said: “Our relief camps at Igando are capable of taking about 1,500 internally displaced persons. We have stepped up preparedness in terms of the beddings, supplies and other necessities at the two camps.

“Also, we have begun preparation for the construction of the third relief camp at Lekki.”

The LASEMA boss also noted that the response vehicles of the agency are able to ply difficult routes while its command and control units have equally been fortified for effective communication ahead of the impending flood.

“Aside from the normal 767 response, we have CCTV units, which will help us monitor what is happening at disaster sites,” Giwa said.

According to Giwa, the emergency agency has three helicopters in its rapid response team which are available for immediate deployment. He therefore urged Lagos residents to build resilience ahead of the impending flood and comply with instructions issued through sensitisation materials.

“Our preparedness plans are focused on four major areas: from mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery,” Giwa aid.

He added: “In a worst case scenario, our projection is 10,000 internally displaced persons in terms of our contingency plans; in a most likely scenario, we are not expecting a displacement that will exceed 5000 people.”

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