LASG warns of heavier rains, thunderstorm in July

The Lagos State Government has advised
residents on safety measures to take during
the July rains, which it said would be
heavier and characterised by thunderstorm.
The Commissioner of the Environment, Mr.
Tunji Bello, said in a statement on Sunday
that the advice was imperative to ensure that
Lagosians were safe as the rainy season
approached its peak, following reports from
the Nigeria Meteorological Agency
He said, "Rainfall intensity is expected in July
but Lagosians are advised not to panic. There
is a need for residents to be safety conscious
during this period.
"Residents are advised to avoid driving
through flooded areas as there might be
difficulty in judging its depth.
"Do not drive on high speed and ensure that
your vehicles are in good condition. Except
only on compulsory occasions, avoid going
out during rainy seasons."
Bello said the rains in Lagos were expected
to be of high intensity with accompanying
wind and thunderstorms in July.
He said, "There will be accumulated water
concentration on some part of the roads and
highways, depending on the intensity of the
rains but the accumulated water will recede
in no time.
"Due to the rains since January, the water
level of the soil has increased causing low
infiltration capacity across the state. This has
resulted in the saturation of the soil, causing
delayed discharge of rain water into the
water bodies."
Bello said Lagos, as a coastal state, was
susceptible to flash floods in times of heavy
rains but added that the flood would be
effectively discharged into channels that had
been cleaned in anticipation of the rains.
He added that the government had
intensified its cleaning and maintenance
programme, and would not relent until zero
tolerance for flooding was attained in the

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