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Flood damages houses, electricity poles in Lagos as canal overflows

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Sunday said flash floods caused by downpour damaged several houses and vehicles in some parts of the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.

NEMA also advised residents and motorists in the area to exercise utmost caution as some electric poles fell due to the downpour.

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Zonal Coordinator, South West Zonal Office, NEMA, said this in a statement he issued in Lagos.

The affected areas are Oko Oba, Ekoro, Akowonjo, Egbeda and Ekoro axis.

“Rainfall that started around 1.20 p.m has led to flash flooding which affected many buildings and disrupted normal activities in many communities.

“The water overflowing from the canal entered into residential houses. Several houses were affected and the enumeration cannot be done today,” Farinloye said.

Farinloye also disclosed that Ikeja Electric Plc has been contacted to isolate the areas where electricity poles fell down to prevent electrocution.

He advised motorists in that area to exercise utmost cautions as the traffic gridlock is terrible due to every motorist trying to access the junction at the same time.

“Upon assessment about 25 vehicles were found to have their engines affected with floodwaters and the owners have been advised to avoid driving the vehicles.

“As of now, there is no report of loss of life,” he said.

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