Kazeem Ugbodaga and Jamiu Yisa
The Lagos State Government has warned on an imminent Atlantic Ocean surge at Lekki beaches, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria and appealed to residents living close to the beaches to evacuate to avert loss of lives.
The warning came after a surge was experienced Thursday morning at the Lekki Beach area, with water flooding areas around the beach and offices such as the Silverbird TV.
The government said those living Lekki, Alpha and Elugushi Beaches should vacate now as serious ocean surge was imminent.
General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu disclosed that tidal waves began at 3.00 am and lasted till 6.00 am on Thursday (today), saying a repeat of the wave might cause damages in the beaches environ.
“For now, those residing along the shore should stay off. Those who are close to the sea can confirm that there are times the tidal waves are on the increase but the truth is that scientifically things are changing; climate change and other environmental factors.
“Those who live in Lekki, Alpha and Elugushi Beaches and their environs should vacate the area now because of the likelihood of the surge which could lead to severe flooding,” he warned.
Oke-Osanyintolu appealed to those going for picnic in this Eid-ll-Fitr celebration to exercise caution, saying that accidents and emergencies that occurred mostly during period such as this, were attributed to the nonchalant attitude and carelessness of the people during holiday celebration.
He warned fun seekers not to go near the beaches to avert disaster, urging parents and guardians to keep a close watch on the movement of their wards to relaxation and recreation areas.
Oke-Osanyintolu said LASEMA, Lagos State Fire and Safety Service, Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Nigerian Police Force and all the other agencies that were important in the management of emergencies in the State had been put on red alert to secure and protect the lives and properties of the people leaving and doing business in the State.
Source: PM News
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