National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) revealed that three siblings and four adults have died from the recent heavy downpour in Lagos state.
This was made known via a statement signed by the NEMA Zonal Coordinator for South West, Ibrahim Farinloye, on Wednesday, July 13.
He further disclosed that eight lives were rescued during the continuous 2-day downpour (Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9).
It was gathered that the flooded communities are: Oke Isagun, Agbado Oke, Oko LCDA, all in Alimosho LGA.
His statement read:
“Saturday, 9th July 2022 have revealed that about that seven people – three children of the same parent and four adults – died as a result of the flooding that was witnessed during the two days continuous rainfall.
“About eight lives were also saved during the period, as a result of the flooding that was witnessed during the two-day continuous rainfall.”
He explained that the three siblings who lost their lives were residing at a church building belonging to Mercy of Christ Apostolic Church, situated in an uncompleted building.
The victims, Michael, 18; Elizabeth, 17 and Timi, 14, were swept away while trying to relocate from their room to the main church structure.
It was gathered that the youngest child, Timi, who was said to be asthmatic, while trying to climb the plank linking their room to the church building, slipped and was overpowered by the flood.
The NEMA official explained that while the remaining two trying tried rescuing their sibling, they were also swept away by the flood.
During a condolence visit to the family and community, Farinloye said:
“An appeal was made to them that for the rest of the year, the community must embark on awareness and sensitisation on safe actions, to avoid the situation that they experienced during the period.
“The community leaders also informed NEMA that in the same community, four siblings were also swept away on the same day, but that the community members rallied round and rescued all of them.”