The Lagos State Government has warned residents, especially those close to the banks of the Ogun River, to be on the alert as more water will be released from the Oyan dam this month.
The state Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, in a statement on Sunday, said 23 million cubic metres of water would be released in October.
He explained that the release, which would be the highest in the year, was as a result of intensive rainfall, which would also climax in the current month.
Bello enjoined all residents of Agboyi-Ketu, Owode Onirin, Isheri, Ajegunle, Agiliti, Kara, Majidun and areas bordering the rivers and the sea in Lagos to be wary of the staggered release.
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The commissioner noted that by November, a gradual reduction of water release would be effected to the tune of 11 million cubic meters, as the intensity of rainfalls decreased.
He, however, noted that the state was intensifying measures to minimise the effect of heavy rainfall on lives and property.
Bello urged residents to adopt an attitudinal change of not dumping refuse in drainage channels and erecting structures on drainage alignments, vowing that culprits would be punished.
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