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Rainfall: LASG allays fears of residents

The Lagos State Government (LASG) has allayed the fears of its residents following the torrential rainfall witnessed in the state on Sunday.
The State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, said that necessary steps were been taking to avert any incidence of flood disaster a statement.
According to Adejare, the ministry has recently carried out an intensive tour of some flood-prone communities to clear blocked drainage systems and canals.
He advised residents, living on wetlands and flood-prone areas, to be cautious and careful, urging them to limit their movements if possible and to move to higher ground, if needs be.
The commissioner decried the continuous dumping of refuse on water courses and drainages created for free flow of storm water.
According to him, the numerous campaigns against such practice are for the interest of the residents.
“Canals are storm-water channels for the conveyance of storm runoffs.
“They are God’s natural protection for holding water during massive flood and it is not a place for anybody to build a house or dump refuse.
“Those in the habit of doing such must stop, henceforth,” Adejare said.
He noted that indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the gutters had caused a lot of environmental disasters.
The commissioner warned that the government would no longer tolerate the building of illegal structures along the right of ways of channels in the state.
He said the government had since begun demolishing illegal structures and shanties erected on the drains, especially, in flood-prone areas.
Adejare said that it was government’s responsibility to protect lives and property, appealing for the cooperation of all residents in its quest to avert any flood mishap in the state. (NAN)
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