Government To Build Retention Pond For Rainwater

Government To  Build Retention Pond For Rainwater

• Insurance companies face record claims in Lekki, VI
 As the residents of Ajah, Lekki, Victoria Island and Ikoyi in Lagos State continue to count their losses following the Saturday flooding of the areas, the state government has said it is building a retention pond to assist in containing flooding in the state.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, stated this on Monday.
Adejare said a retention pond was currently being built at the Sangotedo area of Lagos State as a form of rainfall harvesting to serve as a reservoir for storm water at the peak of the rainy season for onward release into the Okota River after the rains subsided.
Adejare said, “This retention pond is essential as Lagos in recent times has been experiencing flash flooding due to the rise in the sea level and persistent rainfall.
“Flooding all over the world is rated as the second biggest  natural disasters. We will find a lasting solution to the issue of flooding in Lagos.
“Lagos has experienced 475mm of rainfall in the last seven days; the rain of July 8, which was 178mm was more than six months of rainfall in the city of California, USA.”
He further stated that the government had resolved to be more stringent in the campaign against dumping of refuse in canals and drains and was ready to enforce physical planning laws.

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He attributed the Saturday flooding to the high tide of the lagoon, persistent rainfall and high volume of storm water, and consequent back flow from the lagoon to the drains instead of the drains discharge into the lagoon.
Adejare stated that the retention pond was part of the state government’s response to flooding, in addition to the existence of about 202 primary channels that served as storage and drains for storm water.

Economic and financial analysts could not put a figure to the amount in claims the insurance sectors would likely face from the unfortunate development when contacted by our correspondents on Monday.
They, however, said the impact would be felt significantly by the insurance sector.
Remarking on the likely impact of the development on the insurance sector, the Managing Director, Cowry Asset Management Limited, Mr. Johnson Chukwu, said, “Houses in Victoria Island, Lekki, Ikoyi have household insurance cover. Household insurance is one of the compulsory insurance policies. The insurance sector will record very huge claims. I cannot put a figure now because it will be too early to do that, but certainly it will be huge.”
Analysts said the flood did not hamper banking and business operations because it happened over the weekend.
They, however, said a few companies, whose business premises were affected, might face little disruptions.

On Twitter, Nigerians are still recounting their losses, as a driver claimed that he spent about N1m on the repairs of his car damaged by the flood.

Niger flood: 28 houses destroyed, death toll hits 13
About 28 houses have been destroyed with hundreds of residents rendered homeless in the flooding, which ravaged Hayi and Chachinia communities in the Tafa and Suleja local government areas of Niger State.
A resident, Ismail Abdullahi, said, “On Sunday, after the rain, we found a corpse. Today again (Monday), we found the corpses of a woman, Aisha, and her son. They were buried some hours ago.”
In Hayi, hundreds of residents were seen trying to salvage their property from collapsed houses.
Three of them told our correspondents that one of the boys, Suleiman, was swept away by the flood, had yet to be found.
A septuagenarian, Ishaya Bako, said 28 houses in Hayi alone were destroyed by  flood.
He said, “We are still looking for two boys, Shehu and Suleiman. My house has been destroyed too. About 28 houses in Hayi were destroyed. We need government’s assistance.”
A police officer at the A Division, Suleja, said some of the injured victims were still being treated at the Suleja General Hospital.
Also, it was learnt that 13 persons had been reported dead, while three others were confirmed missing after the flooding.
Our correspondent learnt that the head of a household of seven, Abubakar  Saraki, survived, but his six children died.
The Director-General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Ahmed Inga, said eight bodies had been recovered .
Inga said, “Niger State Government is doing its best to reach out to those affected. We must provide shelter immediately and other things will follow. “
Downpour renders Kaduna residents homeless
A large number of residents have been rendered homeless with many houses destroyed in Kaita town, in the Kaita Local Government Area of Katsina State, after a downpour in the town on Sunday.
The Public Relations Officer of the state Emergency Management Agency, Umar Muhammad, confirmed the incident, clarifying that there was no death.
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