OGUN STATE RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR FLOODING

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…advised to temporarily make provision especially between 8thand 15th July, 2021.

The residents of some part of Ogun state have been advised to take environmental caution as the state is predicted to experience flooding this year.

As we approach the climax of rainy season this year, the Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) metrological report predicted that Ogun State will experience flooding this year. And knowing the devastating impact of the previous flood disaster in the State, residents of the State are advised to prepare for flash flood during the month of July ,especially between 8thand 15th July, 2021.
This was made known through a release by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment,Mr. Ola Oresanya.
Mr Oresanya said a high intensity rainfall is being expected in September, 2021 that will result into fluvial flood (river flood) because the soil would have been saturated by then and likely release of water from Oyan Dam will compound the rise in water level.

He added that,”In view of the above, residents of flood prone and wetland areas across the State especially at Abeokuta South LG (i.e Gbangba, Ijaye, Ijeun Tuntun, Isale-Oja, Kuto, Amolaso, Ijeja etc), Abeokuta North LG (Adedotun, Ago-Ika, Enugada, Totoro, Onikoko etc) and Obafemi Owode LG (Adigbe, Ofada, Magboro etc) Ijebu – Ode LG (Owa River Course and Yemule River Course), Ifo LG (Isheri, Wawa, Arepo, Akute, Alagbole etc), Odeda LG (Obantoko, Arakanga river and tributaries Ewekoro, Ado-Odo/Ota, Shagamu, Ijebu – East, and Ogun Waterside are hereby advised to temporarily make provision for a safe environment to avoid severe impact of this natural event.

Farmers around the wetlands and river banks are also strongly advised to complete their harvesting before the above stated time to avert loss of their livestock and crops to flooding.”

Mr Oresanya advised that,”pedestrian and motorists in the State should be cautious on the road while walking and driving to avoid accidents as the roads will witness high volume of storm water that will subside within minutes because adequate measures (like clearing of waterways to allow for free flow of the rivers/streams and desilting of drainage channel across the State) have been put in place by the State Government to mitigate the potential risk at this period.”

Residents of the State are also advised to ensure the cleanliness of the Drainage Channel within their domain and strictly desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse into the Drainage Channel and Water Courses before and during any occurrence of rainfall as this is one of the major factors responsible for urbanflooding in our environment.

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