Lagos flood kills 7, car accident kills 4 in Ondo – The Sun Nigeria


Of Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure

Four Yesterday, people including a commercial driver lost their lives in a fatal road accident along the Olokuta-Shasha road in Akure, the capital of Ondo state.

Witnesses said the accident happened when a Sienna bus coming from the Ondo axis of the road collided head-on with a Hummer bus bound for Ore.

All four victims died instantly. It took the intervention of motorists and residents before other vehicle passengers could be rescued.

Men from the state’s Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) then arrived on the scene and moved the bodies of the victims to the morgue. The accident caused a traffic jam on the busy Akure-Ondo road for several hours.

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said last week’s flooding in Lagos claimed seven lives.

The agency’s Zonal Coordinator, South West, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye made the revelation in a statement in Lagos yesterday.

“The post-emergency phase toll after the unprecedented rainfall on Friday July 8 and Saturday July 9, 2022 revealed that approximately seven people – three siblings and four adults – died.

“About eight lives were also saved during the period, as a result of the floods that were observed during the two days of continuous rain,” he said.

Farinloye further said that the three siblings who lost their lives resided in a church building belonging to the Apostolic Church of Christ’s Mercy, located in an unfinished building.

He said siblings, Michael, 18; Elizabeth, 17, and Timi, 14, were swept away as they attempted to move from their bedroom to the main church structure.

He said the youngest child, Tmi, who is believed to have asthma, as he tried to climb the board connecting their bedroom to the church building, slipped and was subdued by the flood.

The coordinator added that the other two, while trying to save their brother, were also swept away by the flood.

Farinloye said the NEMA team, during a condolence visit to the families, met with representatives from Progressive Community Development Area, who led the agency in affected communities.

“The bereaved parents were said to be somewhere, but the NEMA team had a brief meeting with community leaders on the way forward.

“A call was made to them that, for the rest of the year, the community must embark on awareness and sensitization on safe actions, to avoid the situation that they experienced during the period.

“Community leaders also informed NEMA that in the same community, four siblings were also taken on the same day, but community members gathered and rescued them all,” Farinloye said.

He listed the flooded communities as follows: Oke Isagun, Agbado Oke and Oko LCDA, all located in Alimosho LGA.

The head of NEMA said members of the progressive CDA informed NEMA that rainwater from Meiran, Abattoir, Alagbado, Agege and Toll gate is converging in their community. Farinloye also gave an update on the flooding at Oyatoki in Orile Agege, saying two people died, while four were rescued.


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