It was a tragic scene in Agege area of Lagos as a four-year-old girl, Azeezat, was reportedly swept away by the flood of early morning downpour on Thursday.
The incident which happened at around 10am occured at No. 38 Fashola Street, Papa Asafa, Orile Agege during the heavy downpour.
Men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), are already on ground scouring the area, hoping to find and recover the child.
In its preliminary report of the situation, LASEMA disclosed that three streets in the community were affected by the flood.
“The Agency’s officials received a distress call concerning a flood incident at the above mentioned address at about 10:30am on Thursday 18th June, 2020.
Upon arrival of the LRT at the incident scene in the company of NEMA officials, it was gathered from residents that a 4 year old girl named “Azeezat” fell into a flooded big ditch/gutter while escaping to safety with her family in the wee hour of the night after their compound was submerged by flood. The Agency’s officials in collaboration with the officials of NEMA carried out Post Disaster Assessment and observed that;
- 3 streets were affected by the heavy rainfall/flood. (Igbayiola street, Fashola Street, Egbatedo street)
- There are barriers blocking the drainage Channels in the affected areas leading to the canals at aboru, Arugbanla and iyana ipaja which could have also caused the flooded from flowing away.
The victim is yet to be found. However search and recovery of the body of the victim still ongoing,” the statement said.