Ogun State government has asked people living close to Ogun River and flood plain in the state to immediately vacate their homes, to avoid loss of lives and properties to massive flooding in the ongoing rainy season.
Ogun is one of the states that weather forecasting agencies predicted will experience heavy rainfall and massive flood this year. And already, the water level of Ogun River at Lafenwa in Abeokuta as reported on Tuesday by Rockcity FM has reached a frightening level.
The state environment commissioner, Bolaji Oyeleye in a statement asked people living near Ogun River and other flood plains to move to safer places, adding that there will be massive flooding from seven other major rivers in the state.
According to the commissioner, Ogun will still experience above the normal rainfall that could cause severe flooding.
“It is in the best interest of residents living in flood prone areas, particularly along the Ogun River, to be ready to move to safer grounds to forestall loss of lives and property,’’ he said.
According to him, cushion the effect of the predicted flooding, residents should imbibe good environmental practices, such as desisting from erecting buildings on flood plains, de-silting drainage channels and stop dumping refuse in waterways.