LAGOS: Get Ready For The Rain-Dr Olufemi Okey-Osanyintolu

LAGOS: Get Ready For The Rain-Dr Olufemi Okey-Osanyintolu 2

In readiness for the Y2020 rains which is expected to commence soon and its attendant floods, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, and its key stakeholders from relevant industries, has kick started the States Flood Preparedness Plans.

This preemptive action is on the heels of recent deliberations in cognizance of the peculiarity of Lagos terrain as a coastal state which highest altitude is 77metres above the sea level at Alimosho Local Government Area with its lowest altitude of 25metres below the sea level, determined at Lagos Island Local Government Area by the Agency Geographic Information Systems.
With its natural endowments, it is inevitable that parts of Lagos, with a total landmass area of 3,339.94km2, and low-level altitudes in about 961.13km2 which makes up 28.78% of its entire landmass area, be at high flood risk, and a likelihood to suffer high flooding this year, aside perennial flood threats, especially now with a prediction of about 240–270 rainfalls slated to commence soon, making it imperative for a proactive LASEMA bestowed with the responsibility of disaster management, to take preventive measures, by ‘kick-starting’ its early warning mechanisms.

The Director-General/CEO of LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Okey-Osanyintolu said, In order to generate adequate and effective mitigation plans against flooding with its prediction of high rainfalls, LASEMA further employed technology to determine the Land Area of the Local Government Areas at High Risk of Flood measured in Kilometers, and estimated per Local Government which empirical results shows that Eti-Osa LGA with 133.59km of its 168.3km Total Land Area has the highest percentage at 79.38% of Land Area at High Flood Risk, while Agege LGA on the other hand, has none of its 16.580km Total Land Area at High Flood Risk.

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