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Ogun Alerts Residents on Flash Floods and Heavy Rainfall

Ogun state government has asked residents in several parts of the state to brace for flash floods and prolonged rainfall, especially between June and July this year in parts of the state.

The affected areas, include Isheri, Akute, Warewa, Oke-Afa, Owa and Yemule river banks in Ijebu-Ode, Onihale in Ifo, Ogun Waterside, Ebute-Kimobi in Ijebu-East.

Other areas are near flood plains of Sokori, Arakanga and Onikoko River in Abeokuta, Eruwuru in Sagamu, Ijamido, Isaka Owode-Yewa in Ado-Odo Ota local government area.

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Special adviser to the state governor on environment, Ola Oresanya, issuing the flash floods alert at a news conference in Abeokuta on Wednesday, said the prediction was earlier made by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and hydrological service agency.

Oresanya also said the release of excess water from the Oyan dam, accompanied by high tide in Lagos lagoon may compound floods in coastal areas.

To cope within the challenges, the special adviser said the state government had completed several flood control projects across the state, including construction of culverts, earth drain, de-flooding of streams and de-silting of drainage channels.

He listed other ongoing projects as including the dredging of a portion of Olokuta stream from Ogun state housing estate, Kemta, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, the dredging of Lakoro stream in Isara and the dredging of Ebute Imobi, Ijebu-East.

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