The Ogun State Government has pleaded with residents of lowlands areas affected by floods not to drink well and borehole water to avert cholera and other waterborne diseases.
The government urged residents, especially those on its border towns of Isheri, Warewa, Magboro, Arepo and their various estates to make hygiene their utmost concern at this time of flooding.
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The Commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya, made the appeal when he visited the border towns on an inspection tour of the flooded area with a view to finding an immediate solution to the problem.
Oresanya said that the appeal became necessary as the flood had contaminated the water sources and facilities through chemical contaminants such as fuel, pesticides, metals and pathogens in sewage, cemeteries, septic tanks and dead animals.
He announced that the state government would embark on another round of dredging and clearing of drainage channels and waterways of silts in the affected areas.
Oresanya blamed the flooding on uncontrolled development and carefree attitude of some residents to critical environmental issues such as waste management.