The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said that the flooding that occurred in Lagos State last weekend, killed three siblings and four others.
The three siblings were identified as Michael 18-year-old, Elizabeth 17-year-old and Timi 14-year-old.
The Lagos Territorial Head of the NEMA Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement.
The statement read partly, “The post-emergency phase assessment after the unprecedented rainfall of Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9, 2022, has revealed that about seven people – three children of the same parent and four adults – died.
“As a result of the flooding that was witnessed during the two-day continuous rainfall, about eight lives were also saved during the period.
Farinloye added that, “The three siblings who lost their lives were residing at a church building belonging to Mercy of Christ Apostolic Church, situated in an uncompleted building.
“The siblings were swept away while trying to relocate from their room to the main church structure. the youngest child, Timi, who was said to be asthmatic, while trying to climb the plank linking their room to the church building, slipped and was overpowered by the Flood
“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.
“The bereaved parents were said to be somewhere, but the NEMA team had a brief meeting with the community leaders on the way forward.
Farinloye stressed that, “An appeal was made to them that for the rest of the year, the community must embark on awareness and sensitisation on safe actions, to avoid the situation that they experienced during the period.
He further said “the community leaders also informed NEMA that in the same community, four siblings were also swept away on the same day, but that the community members rallied round and rescued all of them.”
He listed the flooded communities as Oke Isagun, Agbado Oke, Oko LCDA, all in Alimosho LGA.”