In Lagos State, emergency responders are currently searching for a four-year-old child, known as Azizat who was reported to have been swept away by the flood caused by heavy rains.
The incident reportedly happened around 10 am at number 38 Fashola Street, off Olabode street, Papa Asafa Orile Agege.
The victim allegedly missed her steps and fell into a filled drainage when her family, alongside other residents were trying to relocate to higher ground after their house was overtaken by floodwater
Confirming the incident, the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said the agency and its Federal Counterpart, NEMA pooled resources in recovery operations as soon as the distressed alert was received but the body has not been recovered.
The floodwater from Fashola Street runs through Aboru; Iyana Ipaja; Command in Lagos State; cross to Ota in Ogun State and end up at Agbara where the canal will discharge into the sea, therefore, the emergency Agencies want residents to watch out for the body of the victim and to notify emergency/security agency in their areas if sighted.
The downpour which started in the early hours of the morning is yet to cease at the time of filing in this report and it has resulted in heavy flooding, causing traffic on major roads.
According to the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, some of the places experiencing flash flood include: Ikeja – Along Lagos Abeokuta Expressway – Ifako and Oworo inward 3Mainland Bridge – Otedola Bridge – Gbagada – Osborne – Alfred Rewane – Iju Road – Abule Egba – Odo Eran/Wemco Junction.