Three siblings in Alimosho area of Lagos State, were among numerous victims swept away by flood during the unprecedented rainfall in Lagos on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, 9, 2022.
The siblings, Michael,18,Elizabeth, 17, and Timi, 14, were reportedly swept away while relocating from a room apartment at Oke Isagun, Agbado Oke, Oko Local Council Development Area, LCDA, in Alimosho.
The said apartment was said to belong to Mercy of Christ Apostolic Church situated in an uncompleted building.
Tragedy was said to have occured while trying to relocate from their room to the main church structure ungortunately the youngest among them, Timi, an asthmatic patient, slipped into the flood while trying to climb the plank linking their room to the church building slipped.
Vanguard gathered that in a bid to rescue Timi, Michael and Elizabeth were equally swept away.
The Coordinator, Lagos State Territorial District, National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, who confirmed the incident in his post disaster updates on Wednesday, said seven death were recorded,two in Ogun and five in Lagos while
Nine were rescued.
He said his team has paid condolence visits to the affected communities where a post emergency phase assessment was conducted.
Farinloye revealed that about seven people including the siblings and four adults died as a result of the flooding that was witnessed during the two days continuous rainfall.
The affected families as gathered, were mourning somewhere but NEMA team had a brief meeting with the community leaders on way forward.
Farinloye said about eight persons were rescued during the period.
Giving the break down of the incidents, he said, “The three siblings who lost their lives were residing at a church house belonging to Mercy of Christ Apostolic Church situated in an uncompleted building.
” Michael,18years,Elizabeth 17 years,and Timi, 14 years, were reportedly said to have been swept away while trying to relocate from their room to the main church structure but the youngest child, Timi was said to be asthmatic while trying to climb the plank linking their room to the church building slipped.
“The rest of the siblings while trying to rescue their sibling were also swept away.
“NEMA, while on a condolence visit to the families met the members of Progressive Community Development Area representatives who conducted the Agency round the areas,” said the Coordinator.
In his appeal to the community, he said for the rest of the year, she must embark on awareness and sensitization campaigns on safe actions to avoid the situation that they experienced during the period.