Lagos Orders Evacuation Of Coastline Communities As Ocean Surge Sweeps Away 16 Persons
Lagos state government today ordered immediate relocation of all coastline communities following an ocean surge at the kuramo beach that one person confirmed dead and 15 others missing.
The state commissioner for waterfront infrastructure development, Segun Oniru who confirmed the tragic development explained that the evacuation order was issued by government to avert further disaster which may likely come from the seven days of high waves accompanied by a strong ocean surge which hit the country’s coastline with Lagos being among the worst hit due to its location
He explained that the evacuation process has begun with the immediate relocation of residents of the kuramo beach to make way for the movement of sand into the area. This he said is a proactive measure to safeguard against the possibility of having the atlantic ocean surging into the kuramo waters and the lagoon.
Oniru explained that other coastal waterfront areas that are may suffer from the effect of the surge and from where residents will have to relocate immediately include Badagry and Ojo waterfront areas; bar beach; kuramo beach; Goshen estate, Maiyegun and Alpha Beach.
The commissioner said the state emergency services have already been mobilized to continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly, assuring residents to remain calm as the government is doing everything possible to prevent further loss of lives and property to the surge.