•Rainstorm, flood wreak havoc in city
By Olakunle Olafioye
A woman and her daughter lost their lives after a building collapsed in Meiran area of Lagos following the heavy downpour which also wreaked havoc at Oke Afa and Abule Egba areas of Lagos.
The building which was under construction and located at No 7 Saidu Okeleji Street, Alaro, Meiran, Lagos, was said to have suddenly caved in with three people trapped under the rubble. Sunday Sun reliably gathered that the prompt arrival of emergency responders led to the rescue of a 5 year-old girl identified as Moyin, while her 30 year-old mother identified as Basirat and her other female sibling, Bisoye were recovered dead.
The rescued girl was taken to General Hospital Ikeja while the remains of the deceased had been deposited in the mortuary
The General Manager LASEMA Mr Adesina Tiamiyu said proper investigation would be conducted on the incident by the appropriate agencies. He however advised owners and developers of buildings in the state to adhere to building codes and physical planning laws of the state so as to avert unnecessary loss of lives.
Meanwhile, properties worth billions of naira were destroyed yesterday at Oke- Afa in Ejigbo LCDA of Lagos just as residents of the community were denied the opportunity to take part in the local government election as flood wrecked havoc in the area.
Sunday Sun learnt that no fewer than 10 streets were submerged by the flood which surged from the canal in the area. Streets worst affected include Salau Aliu, Primate Ayodele Crescent, Olainukan, Great Baptist Church and Chidioke.
Chairman, Olive Leaf Community Development Association, CDA, Olumide Abegunde said the disaster prevented residents of the community from taking part in council election which took place in the state yesterday.
“The flood destroyed properties worth of billions of naira. People cannot even think of voting now as they are trying to salvage what they will be able to salvage,” he said.
He accused the government of turning deaf hears to the cries of the people of the area over the state of the canal. “There is a canal which blocks the water at Fasheun Bridge. The surge is coming seriously and properties worth billions of naira have been destroyed. Vehicles have been washed away. We have been pestering Ejigbo Local Council Development Area over this canal for over years now, since Bamgbetan era, but they refused to yield,” he lamented.