The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) yesterday embarked on a road show to educate residents on the dangers of flood and preventive actions to take.
It advised local governments with the likelihood of flood to carry out biometric registration of residents for comprehensive database.
The campaign followed a warning by the Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) that Lagos, Zamfara and some states were susceptible to flood as the heavy rains continue.
The road show, which began at the agency’s head office in Alausa, Ikeja, saw emergency workers distributing handbills and educating communities on the need to keep their drainages clean and avoid blocking water channels.
LASEMA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osayintolu said the exercise was also aimed at strengthening local emergency management committees across the local governments.
He said focus was channelled to those areas with high flood propensity because the state was aware of its vulnerability.
“We want to sensitise Lagosians on how to be well prepared and mitigate flood because the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration has made safety of lives and property a paramount agenda.
“So, we need to ensure that our people are safe and know what to do should their areas be affected by flood. Local governments vulnerable to flood have been directed to undertake biometric registration of residents.
“The biometric will enable us know the population of citizens that are vulnerable to flood and we will be able to ensure their safety. So, if we notice that flood has begun in that local government, those people that have their biometrics with us and we know that they are vulnerable, we will quickly get in touch with them and we will know the process to embark on to evacuate them to our relief camp.
“In doing so, we are also telling the residents that we have carried out a lot of simulation exercises to prepare us for any eventuality. We encourage them to stay calm and not panic, as measures are in place to ameliorate any impact of flood as well as prevent flood.
“We have started with cleaning of our primary and secondary drainage systems. The Ministry of Health has improved our primary health care because sometimes there is always secondary complication associated with flood.
“Our relief camps have been cleaned and ready in case we need to evacuate victims of flood to the place. Key stakeholders have been put on red alert,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
He warned those building structures on canals and drainages to vacate such places, saying such buildings would be marked by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) for demolition.