Finally Flood Hit Lagos, Ogun

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At least, 300 houses have been flooded and 860 households displaced in Lagos and Ogun states following the opening of Oyan Dam water, Punch is reporting.

Affected areas of both states are Agiliti/Maidan, Orile, Owode, Agboyi and Araromi communities in Ketu and Mile 12 areas in Lagos; and Akute and Warewa communities, as well as estates in and around OPIC in Ogun State.

Several residents of the affected areas were seen vacating their homes for dry land as they blame the Ogun/Osun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA) for not informing them before opening the Oyan dam.

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The Chairman of Riverview Estate Residents’ Association, Mr Abayomi Akinde described the incident as tragic. “The flooding started about three weeks ago when people started calling that their communities were flooded.

People have been evacuating their homes since then, while some others are trapped. If the situation persists, everywhere will be submerged. The government needs to come in. Isheri North GRA, for instance, was sold by Lagos State and some of the estates were sold by the Ogun State Government.

There was supposed to be proper planning; but we have been left to our fate. Former President Goodluck Jonathan visited this area four years ago because of this same problem, but nothing was done after the visit.

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“We are appealing to OORBDA to reduce the operating level of the dam to 54 metres. If the level is reduced, the reservoir will have more space to hold water and this flooding will be averted.” But The Managing Director of Ogun/Osun River Basin Development Authority, Mr. Akintunde Soyemi, said the flooding was aggravated by human activities. He said, “Ogun River is a big river cutting across three states with more than 20 tributaries one of which is Oyan Dam, which is the only one that is gated and whose release can be controlled.

“This year, we had much more run off; we only released 15 per cent now, which is done at a controlled rate and is not supposed to flood the downstream. It is flooding because it is not the only contributory river. Most of those flooded places are in the flood plain of Ogun River.

The rule of thumb in constructing residences is that you must be above the level of the road, anywhere below such level will always be submerged.” He said the authority was working on controlling the flooding and that residents would see an improvement in the coming days.

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Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, South West zone, Ibrahim Farinloye, said more than 300 houses were submerged by the flood.

Farinloye who spoke to Punch however added that no life was lost. “Our assessment of the extent of damages done by the release of excess water from Oyan River Dam in Ogun shows that Kara and Warewa communities in Ifo LGA of Ogun State were among the affected areas.

About 300 houses were submerged and about 860 households affected. Most of them have left the affected areas,” he said.

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