The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) disclosed on Wednesday that a two-day continuous rainfall caused heavy flooding and killed three siblings and four adults in Lagos state.
The agency’s Zonal Coordinator for South West, Ibrahim Farinloye made this known in a statement.
He said, “A post-emergency phase assessment after the continuous rainfall of Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 have revealed that about seven people- three children of the same parent and four adults died as a result of the flooding that was witnessed during the 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.
“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.
“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.
“While the remaining two, tried rescuing their sibling, but were also swept away by the flood.”
Farinloye listed the flooded communities as Oke Isagun, Agbado Oke, Oko LCDA, all in Alimosho LGA. He noted that the NEMA team paid a condolence visit to the families and met with representatives of Progressive Community Development Area, who conducted the agency around the affected communities.
“The bereaved parents were said to be somewhere, but the NEMA team had a brief meeting with the community leaders on the way forward.
“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,” he added.