Flood Affected Areas In Ogun Were Earlier Sensitized Over Increase In Volume Of Water Released, Says NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency has hinted that the volume of water released between 16th of October till 18th October resulted in the flood affecting residents of Ogun State.

in a statement by coordinator of Lagos State NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye the volume of water this as at the time of current release was 2,274 MCM as against last year of 1,410.1 MCM.

According to him, ‘The release of water started in January this year. It has consistently being release through the year.
The last release which started last week Monday 16th October till Wednesday 18th October, the emergency management agencies are in constant touch with the management of the Oyan Dam through the Ogun Osun River Basin Authority.
The authorities concern have started reduction on the release of the Dam water from Thursday 19th, October as the safety of the Dam has be achieved”.

One thing that we must know, he said, is that the volume of water as at the time of current release was 2,274 MCM as against last year of 1,410.1 MCM, that most of the vulnerable communities have been sensitized about the expected volume of water.

‘We have been to Maidan, Agboyi, Agiliti and others which are low-lying communities along flowing areas.
The Agency and other stakeholders have carried out regular assessments on the residents and they all prefer to relocate to the relations and friends and return daily to carryout their businesses in the communities.

But disappointing is the refusal of some residents refusing to comply with safety standard in the use of life safety jackets while using canoes for daily activities.

‘We had carried out awareness and sensitization campaigns on the essence of life safety jackets but they have not been complying even with the current high volume of water.
Current assessment of the situation has shown that the water levels have started receding in most communities,’ he lamented

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