It was definitely not a happy weekend for residents of Alapere/Ketu area of Lagos as two yet-to-be-identified children were swept away while residents battled flood from Saturday’s torrential rainfall that lasted for hours and submerged many parts of the area.
The incident reportedly occurred at about 8PM on Saturday at Oyebanjo street, Ketu area of Lagos State.
The Lagos State Emergency in a situation report on Sunday said a search operation is ongoing to find the missing children.
LASEMA’s Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, noted that it was discovered that the children were missing around 8pm on Saturday.
The agency received distress calls concerning the above. On arrival at the scene of the incident it was discovered that, around 8 pm, two children had been caught up by floodwater.
A joint team of responders comprising Agency responders, LASG Fire Service and LASAMBUS was at the scene.
The Agency’s tiger team commenced a search and rescue operation along the path of the floodwater.
Initial observations revealed a sloping topography with a direct channel of drain water into the canal. This has proven to be rather challenging to navigate. Rescue operation remains ongoing.
He urged members to “exercise extreme caution, particularly with young children, in flood-prone and low-lying areas.”
While the rain forced some residents to stay indoors, a few others suffered personal tragedies as the downpour and flooding led to destruction of properties.