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Expect Heavy Rainfall if You Live in these Parts of Lagos

Pay attention to the upcoming heavy rains and potential flash floods, as the Lagos State government has issued a warning for residents in specific areas. From August 14 to 18, there is a likelihood of intense rainfall in places like Apapa, Badagry, EtiOsa, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Ikoyi, Lagos Island, and Ojo. This heavy rain could lead to sudden floods during this week and the following days.

The warning is based on information provided by the Flood Emergency Warning System (FEWS) Central Hub of the Federal Ministry of the Environment. If you reside in the mentioned areas, it’s important to stay vigilant and cautious during and after the rainfall period. If you live in flood-prone or low-lying regions, it’s advisable to be prepared to move to higher ground until the rainy conditions subside.

Remember to avoid walking or driving through flooded areas, especially during heavy rainfalls, as the force of the water could carry you away. This cautionary advice is essential to prevent unnecessary loss of lives and property that often occur during such incidents.

To mitigate the impact, the state government will intensify the cleaning of both primary and secondary drainage systems, a practice it has consistently upheld. Additionally, residents are encouraged to clean the drains in front of their residences to help prevent blockages.

According to the Seasonal Rainfall Pattern forecasted by the Nigerian Meteorological Services earlier this year, Lagos is anticipated to receive above-average rainfall from June to September, potentially leading to instances of flash flooding.

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