Sunday, 19 August 2012

One dead, 15 missing as Atlantic overflows

The Atlantic Ocean went wild again yesterday in Lagos with its surge leaving at least one person dead.
Fifteen others, said to be coastline residents at Kuramo are now feared missing.
The surge was preceded by seven days of high wave according to the state government which ordered an immediate evacuation of coastline residents to avert more danger.
 The ocean, it was gathered, lashed the shanties erected along the coastline early yesterday when the residents were still asleep.
The development triggered panic among the people.  
 “We are still looking for some people now as we speak. We just pray that they were not washed away by the surge,” a resident said.
 The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said government has condoned off the area.
 He said a lifeless body was recovered from the waterfront while frantic search has commenced for those declared missing.
The  Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Prince Segun Oniru said the evacuation has commenced  at Kuramo Beach to make way for movement of sand into the area.
This, he stressed, was to check the Atlantic joining the Kuramo Waters and subsequently the Lagoon.
 Oniru said other waterfront areas badly affected and from which people would be expected to move are Badagry and Ojo Waterfront areas, Bar Beach, Goshen Estate, Maiyegun and Alpha Beach.
 The state emergency services have already been mobilised to continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.

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