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|15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by patrikobi: 2:28pm On Feb 14, 2012|
15 die as rainstorm wreaks havoc in Lagos
AN early morning rainstorm, which began at about 7.10 am, yesterday, wreaked havoc in several parts of Lagos, killing 15 persons, destroying many houses, cars, electric poles and uprooting many trees.
Among the dead were 10 children, who drowned at Shibiri Ekunpa area of Ojo when a passenger ferry conveying them to school capsized due to a gust of wind that assailed it. Also, two students of Goodness Comprehensive High School in the area were killed when the storm destroyed their school building.
A teacher at St Gregory College, Obalende was reportedly killed by a mast that collapsed on him while four others were injured. Also, around Radio Nigeria, Ikoyi office, several trees were uprooted by the storm, which caused severe damage to some cars parked in the area.
At Jakande Estate, Oke-Afa in Isolo Local Council, two persons were killed by a tree felled by the rainstorm.
At Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, over 100 buildings including Jakande Low Cost Housing Estate Primary School, Oke Afa Junior and Senior Colleges and the Area office of Ejigbo LCDA in Jakande Estate had their roofs blown away by the rainstorm, which lasted for about 15 minutes.culled from thejuristlaws.blogspot.com
The Third Mainland Bridge was also blocked for most of the morning as street light poles felled by the storm lay on the road, obstructing free flow of traffic. It took the intervention of men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, to prevent motorists from running into the poles.
At press time, a combined team of the police and LASTMA operatives was seen making efforts to clear the bridge of the debris caused by the storm to make way for free traffic flow.
Reminiscence of the July 10, 2011 rainfall that killed scores of people and destroyed property worth millions of Naira, other local government areas equally hit by yesterday’s downpour include Ejigbo, Onipanu, Obalende and Lekki.
The Lagos State Office of Public Defender (OPD) in Surulere billed to be inaugurated by Governor Babatunde Fashola today was not spared by the rainstorm as a section of its roof was ripped open.
Also some Mega BRT bus stops on the ever busy road were destroyed while three Multi-media bill boards pulled down by the storm lay on the road. The situation led to traffic gridlock as traffic officials worked frantically to ease traffic.
Wind travelled at 120 km/hr
The winds from the storm reached about 74 miles (120 kilometers) an hour, the threshold for hurricane wind speeds, said Mary Iso, the Meteorological Manager of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. Further inland, winds reached up to 40 miles (about 65 kilometers) an hour, she said. About two-thirds of an inch (about 1.7 centimeters) of water fell during the storm, which lasted about 15 minutes, Iso said.
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency had previously issued warnings about the possibility of a storm coming through as the seasons begin to change in the nation, Iso said. Nigeria remains gripped by Harmattan winds, which carry sand from the Sahara Desert over Africa’s most populous nation. The country’s rainy season typically begins in several weeks. “Within a transitional period like this, we normally have erratic weather,” Iso said.
The cause of the rain
Another metorologist, Mr. Abayomi Oyegoke, with Nigeria Meterorogical Agency (NIMET), Oshodi, said the rain was not unusual in terms of scale and attributed the destruction to the wind. “The rain was not massive. When measured, it was 18.6 mm. It is not a massive rainfall. It is the wind that caused the destruction.”
He said the rain came as a result of a micro scale system that developed over the Delta area, grew and propagated into the West towards Lagos. “In the process of that movement, another cold system developed around the inland of the South West. Because of the one coming from the Delta area, it invigorates and merges and became a massive system. This massive system now caused a downdraft. The downdraft was associated with the strong velocity of wind that led to the maximum wind gust that caused the destruction we witnessed today.”
Lagos opens relief camp
As of press time, the identity and total number of the victims were still being sought by the state government officials saddled with rescue operations.
The General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Mr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the incident said the state government was on top of the situation as rescue operation was ongoing.
He added that in the interim, the state government has declared open the Agbowa Relief Camp, in Ikorodu suburb for all willing Internally Displaced People, IDP, for accommodation as part of measures to mitigate their loss pending permanent solution to their plight.
Osanyintolu, added that the state government was working out a form of compensation for all the enumerated victims of the latest disaster.
He explained: “As soon as we got the information in the early hours of the day, my men (LASEMA) rushed to the scene to save the situation from getting out of hands. Our early arrival saved the situation from recording higher casualties.
“My men are also on ground at the other locations across the state where the ugly incident also occurred. It is quite unfortunate that Lagosians have to pass through this kind of natural disaster again after the July 10th, 2011 tragedy as a result of heavy rainfall.
“I therefore, wish to assure Lagosians that government has put everything in place to ensure prompt response to any disaster in the state.”
According to him, yet to be identified corpses had been deposited at the mortuary.
The Shibiri mishap
Unaware of what lay ahead of them, 14 school children had boarded the ferry which took them to school as usual. But tragedy struck at about 8 a.m when the ferry, which could not withstand the gust of wind capsized. The rescue team that raced to the scene was able to recover 10 dead bodies while four were brought out alive and they are currently receiving intensive medication in various hospitals.
Disaster at Oke Afa
About 200 families were rendered homeless as their roof tops and ceilings were completely pulled off by the wind which blew for close to an hour in some areas. Several buildings were partly damaged with some fences collapsed. Some vehicles’ windscreens were shattered by hard objects which fell on them.
Residents of the area were greeted by a dark cloud which enveloped the atmosphere, followed by the raging wind which blew off their roofs, a situation that caused panic, as some of the residents rushed out of their apartments, for fear of collapse of their buildings.
Commercial motorcyclists were not left out, as some of them took cover under a tree at Oja Bus-stop. But the unexpected happened as a roof which pulled off landed on one of them. He was rushed to the hospital in an unconscious state. Some students who were also running to safety were reportedly hit by a tree, which fell around the Low Cost Housing Estate public school, killing one of them in the process.
Chairman of the Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, who visited the estate to assess the level of damage, said that work on the affected buildings would begin before the day ran out.
Said Bamigbetan: “We are here to assess the damage and respond to the damage by restoring as much as we can within the shortest time. Our carpenters are already on ground and we are going to assess the situation, based on which we will look at the cost and try to respond to it”.
A total of 100 blocks, he said were affected.
Adding that work would first begin on buildings which had their roofs completely pulled off. But for those whose roofs were partially affected, vanguard gathered that they were asked to fix them themselves but would be compensated by the state government.
Most of the affected occupants appreciated what they described as the state government’s quick response but expressed doubt on whether those partially affected would get compensated at the end of the day.
A register for those affected was opened at the Landlord Association Civic Centre at about 1 pm and over 100 persons had registered as of press time.
Bamigbetan, however, advised the victims to evacuate their properties to a safe place in the interim.
As part of arrangement to assist victims, the chairman has directed the victims to register their complaints at a special centre opened by the LCDA within the estate with photographic evidence of their claims
Also, Hon Omowunmi Olatunji Edet, member Lagos State House of Assembly, Representing Oshodi-Isolo Constituency II joined the council boss at the meeting and also expressed her sympathy assuring the victims of the state government’s support even as she commended the swift response of Bamigbetan to the situation.
Some residents in Onipanu, Palmgrove, Fadeyi and other communities along Ikorodu, whose buildings were affected were seen salvaging some of their properties while others lamented the damage done to their belongings by the rainstorm.
The beautification projects of the Lagos State Government were affected at the Iganmu garden as some of the storm uprooted some newly planted trees.
Mrs Risikat Adeyanju, a resident of Okokomaiko in Ojo Local Government Area of the state also said no fewer than nine houses in the area were damaged by the rainstorm.
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by HQ: 3:13pm On Feb 14, 2012|
This Year's Weather, Gosh.
@OP That's Sad, Hope the Losses and Injuries are minimal. 15 is already too much.
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by adebayo201(m): 3:16pm On Feb 14, 2012|
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by kizito96(m): 3:19pm On Feb 14, 2012|
This year is going to be very rough, the raining season is not here yet, and the situation is like this
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by candylips(m): 3:23pm On Feb 14, 2012|
d rain cursed serious damage
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by konami001: 3:24pm On Feb 14, 2012|
Its already hard to believe the rainy season is not here already, what with the constancy of rains, i think it started early this year,
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by executinal(m): 3:29pm On Feb 14, 2012|
Lawd have mercy.
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|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by talk true(m): 3:42pm On Feb 14, 2012|
Natural disaster is gradually coming to Nigeria
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by tit: 3:52pm On Feb 14, 2012|
74MILES PER HOUR! WINDS!!!
And schools were allowed to stay open!!!!
This is a big failure on the part of NIMET.
Why do we budget money for you to monitor the weather!!!
The chief executive of Nimet should have contacted the governors of all the states 'to be affected', warned them of the consequences of such winds.
If he felt they were not responsive to his warnings, he should have gone on tv to warn the public directly. he should have contacted principals and headmasters/mistresses, harbour masters directly.
as it stands, he does not merit the salary he is paid at the end of the month and he would have to answer for those kids who were on the way to school while a hurricane was heading their way!
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by franklyn71: 3:54pm On Feb 14, 2012|
Bomb for North Rain storm for South. We need to seek God's face now oh! these are signs!!
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by bluebery: 3:57pm On Feb 14, 2012|
may God pardon us 4 Naija we no want disaster oooo.
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by Johnpaul2k2(m): 4:07pm On Feb 14, 2012|
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by hardbody: 4:08pm On Feb 14, 2012|
Omo, that storm was something else ooo. A certain woman driving by my side was struggling with her picanto against the gusto, she rested by the side of vehicle (an SUV), i naturally stopped so that i remained her wedge for sometime, when the blizzard calmed a bit, i drove on. Now i need to do some body work(minimally though) because she scrapped my paint, but i am happy i saved that woman and her car, the breeze was pushing her sideways near the edge of the bridge on 3rd mainland. At this rate, this year will be brutal walahi
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by Okija_juju(m): 4:08pm On Feb 14, 2012|
This is the wrath of Mother nature.
Lagos State has offended her and she is angry.
She wants Fashola to stop that Eco towers project now. She is fed up of lagosians encroaching on her territory.
You have been warned.
A sacrifice of 72 pretty yoruba big-breasted virgin girls need to be brought to my shrine at;
No. 1 Okija Close
for immediate sacrifice.
Alusi OkijaTM Motto; The gods are not to blame, cos the gods are wise.
May the soul of the dead find peace in the afterlife. . . Amen!!
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by bittyend(m): 4:15pm On Feb 14, 2012|
his is the wrath of Mother nature.
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by norrisman: 4:16pm On Feb 14, 2012|
Welldone! Your unselfish action probably saved the life of someones mother, sister, aunty, daughter, wife.
Like someone said earlier, where were the agencies required to deal with incidents like this. That bridge should have been closed!
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by hikmoj: 4:57pm On Feb 14, 2012|
May Allah preserve us n save us from this hardships
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by maxxy: 4:59pm On Feb 14, 2012|
Its very easy to blame the authorities everytime, but I tell you that this time around, no authority anywhere could have done much to save the situation. The rain started at 7.10am and if you know 3rd mainland Bridge on a typical Monday morning, the bridge was already jammed with traffic. So closing the bridge would achieve little or nothing. Winds at such velocity are unprecedented and folks are only now wiser. I was past the Ebute Metta end of the bridge heading to the Island when the rain started, and interestingly, by the time I got to Obalende, it had practically stopped. So all and all, it was a quick and unprecedented event.
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by neyyo: 5:00pm On Feb 14, 2012|
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by eros(m): 5:26pm On Feb 14, 2012|
Please Sir, will you be so kind to send me ONLY 2 virgins when you eventually receive them. For the gods love a cheerful giver.
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by montelik(m): 5:36pm On Feb 14, 2012|
The rain wasn't d problem it was d steady hurricane type winds that just preceded d rain for about 10 mins that wrecked havoc. Luckily I wasn't on d road then but could hear some unfortunates peoples roofs being damaged. You could tell a different kind of storm was coming when by 6:30 it looked like a total eclipse. My brother was lucky as he was just getting to work after crossing 3rd mainland when d gusts started. With his light weight car he might have been flung off. He still had to dodge falling/flying trees and a collapsed major billboard while getting to his destination, just before d real brutal winds started.
Now that this has happened, I hope next time our meteorologists see it fit to monitor and warn people in advance when these sort off extreme conditions are expected, not just analysis after d fact. It quite likely d weather may be more extreme this season.
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by montelik(m): 5:54pm On Feb 14, 2012|
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by niddamugu(m): 6:29pm On Feb 14, 2012|
FRAUD! FRAUD!! FRAUD!!! The country, under GEJ's approvals, has launched satellites in China, Russia, One of the advantages given was that it could easily detect and warn against natural disasters just like this one. And this is my take: It is either the satellites are not working or the "people in charge" of monitoring the signals do not know what to watch out for talk-less of interpreting what has been sent. And then the department of meteorology, these ones are just there waiting to have reason to upgrade their equipment with a view of the "subsidy cake", sad, sad, really sad.
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by it is well(m): 6:42pm On Feb 14, 2012|
If natural disaster is added to our problems, then we are in deep shiit
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by moshoodn(m): 6:50pm On Feb 14, 2012|
this doesn't look good at all
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by PStylish: 8:46pm On Feb 14, 2012|
Ehya.Konji don hol' am.Pele.
You better go and 4uck those your akuna akuna before Konji kill you. Today is Val's day.
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by atasteve: 9:50pm On Feb 14, 2012|
May the Lord keep our land from disaster. Government needs to question those in charge of wheather forecast,! May the souls of the departed rest in peace.
|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by 3kay945(m): 11:09pm On Feb 14, 2012|
hardbody:Thanks bro, may God reward u.
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|Re: 15 Die As Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Lagos by hardbody: 8:14am On Feb 15, 2012|
@3k, thanks bro. That was d least i could do, and if i had half another chance, i will do it again.
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