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Fashola promises to assist storm victims

Channels Television  
Updated February 15, 2012

The Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday said that the state is planning to assist victims of Monday’s rainstorm in the state.

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola

An early morning rainstorm on Monday claimed lives and destroyed property worth millions of naira in Lagos.

Mr Fashola disclosed the intention of his administration while inspecting the office of the Public Defender constructed by the State Ministry of Justice which was also affected by the storm.

The governor said the state and local government councils were working on how to assist victims, saying that the state emergency management agency is evaluating extent of damages in the affected areas.

He said: “Let me first express sympathy to all those who are victims of that storm. From the report that I have received, the damage came not so much from the water, but from the high storm that blew off roofs and stalls. I would like to thank the various local government chairmen where this incident occurred. I have been briefed regularly about the impact at various local governments and the steps the various local governments have taken in terms of resettlement relocation and provision of reliefs.

Mr Fashola said that the Lagos state agency in charge of environmental issues, LASEMA is evaluating the extent of damage and will send its report to the government for necessary action.

EXPECT MORE RAIN

Mr Fashola said what the rainstorm pointed to the fact that people should be wary of practices that tend to degrade the environment.

“We are in unusual time in terms of whether. We are having changing patterns of weather when you begin to witness rainfall in January and February. The knowledge that we have about raining season is June and July so, it means we must change our ways.”

“From what I see today in Europe, clearly you see that it is winter area but the winter is so extreme. Just yesterday I was monitoring Ukraine over 110 people have died there. People are losing their limbs. Some people are being amputated to keep them alive because of the impact. We cannot expect as part of this world on this same planet to be immune from this unusual weather pattern. I expect therefore we will see very heavy rain fall later in the year,” the governor said