At least one person has been confirmed dead and several others injured, following the outcome of a heavy rainfall and severe storm which ripped through Lagos Island and environs on Monday, Huhuonline.com / can disclose.
Eye witnesses' account revealed that an unidentified middle-aged man was struck dead after a radio communications network mast fell from its concrete base and hit him in the head, while six others were seriously injured as the rain storm swept through Obalende area of Lagos state.
A staff of the state government-owned Bond FM station Radio, Tajudeen Ajani, who also confirmed the incident said that he and his colleagues were in the studio in the middle of a live programme when residents stormed the station to report the incident.
'When we got there, the man has been knocked down by the storm and he was lying down in his own pool of blood. Six others with various degrees of injuries were also rushed to the nearby Health Centre by good Nigerians. Our station was affected too because the roofs of some of our buildings were smashed.
Moremi Hall: Meanwhile the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) through its media coordinator, Umar Ibrahim, said that apart from the Obalende disaster, the rainstorm had also caused widespread damages to public and private utilities across Lagos state.
According to him, 'The storm smashed across the whole of Lagos State, especially public and private utilities like bill boards, masts and other infrastructures. Noticeable ones are those at University of Lagos, The new Shoprite and the Radio Station in Ikoyi.
Another NEMA official, Wale Adedokun revealed that 'Widespread assessment is still on-going to help render a comprehensive report, adding that other areas affected by the rains and windstorm include Itire, in Ikate Local Council Development Area, Surulere Local Government area, Ijesha, Lagos Island and the Third Mainland Bridge.
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After the storm, law makers at the Lagos state house of Assembly met and wondered why such devastation could take place at the beginning of the year when the rains was just starting. They imagined what the impact of heavier rains which are expected later in the year would look like if the state can witness such
Calling the attention of his colleagues to the devastation, Honourable Yisau Gbolahan, who moved the motion under matters of urgent public importance, noted that many houses were scattered as heavy wind blew the roof top. He sympathized with the affected residents saying that there was need for Lagosians to make their environment clean at all times.
He was supported by his colleagues and at the end, it was decided that the House should call on council chairmen to carry put massive enlightenment on the negative effects of dumping refuse indiscriminately. They also urged the council chairmen to assist the state government in its efforts to rid the state of disasters like the storm.