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Relocate now, Ogun warns residents living in flood-prone areas

Ogun state government on Tuesday warned residents living in flood-prone areas to temporarily relocate to safer areas to avoid flood disaster. The warning follows the…

Ogun state government on Tuesday warned residents living in flood-prone areas to temporarily relocate to safer areas to avoid flood disaster.

The warning follows the 2024 annual flood outlook released by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA).

According to the report, Ogun state is expecting an average rainfall of 1,786.5mm for a period of 239 days this year.

The commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya, while addressing journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital, during the 4th Ogun state flood alert for 2024, asked residents of the flood-prone areas to relocate to create an elevation for their residence to beat the flash floods.

Daily Trust reports that some communities in the state such as Isheri, Sagamu, Abeokuta, Ilaro, Agbara and others witnessed heavy flooding that claimed livestock and properties last year.

For this year, Oresanya said, “Of the 20 local government areas of the state, 16 are expected to have highest rainfall with over 1,700mm, while those with lowest rainfall are Imeko Afon (1541mm) Odeda (1658mm), Abeokuta North (1675mm) and Abeokuta -South(1699mm).

“Due to this prediction, residents living on wetland areas of the state are advised to relocate to a safer ground or create higher elevation within their residence before the rain commences fully.

“For agricultural purposes, the length of the growing season for the coastal areas of the season ranges between 250 to 292 days while that of inland areas is between 200 to 250 days”.

Oresanya revealed that the state government has increased its effort it in combating the threat of flooding by building 2,975.6 metres of mini bridges and culverts, clearing and desilting 56,150 metres of river and stream courses and desilting 40,000 metres of drainage channel across the three senatorial districts.

Some of the areas includes: Construction of drainage channel and culverts at Wesley Primary School, Ijebu-Ode, Reconstruction of dilapidated culvert at Saje Dumpsite road, Apakila (Abeokuta), Igbosoro (Ogijo, Sagamu LGA), Imasai; desilting of rivers/stream courses at Yemule (Ijebu-Ode), Sensen river (Sagamu), Onibuku (Ota), Ode-Funfun (Oja-Odan), Opa Are (Isheri), Sekari river and tributaries while desilting of drainages channel will takes place at Abeokuta, Ifo, Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, Ilaro, Ota among others.

He urged residents to remain calm, adding that the state government will continue to work productively with the management of the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority to regulate the discharge of water from the two dams–Ikere Gorge Dam located on Ogun River and Oyan Dam.

In his remarks, the Managing Director, Ogun Oshun River Basin Development Authority (O-ORBDA), Olufemi Odumosu expressed delight in the synergy between the Ogun state and Federal government to tackle the menace of flood disclosed that the authority has put necessary measures in place to assist in mitigating the effect of the flood.

Odumosu while seeking the cooperation of residents urged all to build more drainage system and to cease dumping waste into them.

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