Farouq said the visit was arranged by the IGAD mediator. (PANA/NAN) Lagos advises residents not to panic over intensity of rains

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LAGOS – The Ministry of the Environment on advised not panic over the high intensity of rains.

This was contained in a signed by Mr Fola Adeyemi, the Public Relations in the ministry.

It said that the rains had slowed down the percolation rate of storm water generated and the saturation level of the soil.

The said that the advice was being offered by the state Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Tunji Bello, due the heavy rainfall across the state in the last four weeks.

It stated that the state was experiencing peculiarity of a coastal city like Lagos where it was normal have storm water on the road whenever it rained consistently.

“Lagosians are advised not to panic, but to go about their normal activities as our canals are regularly cleaned and maintained to contain storm water generated during the rains.

of the state are also assured that we are intensifying our mid rain cleaning exercise in order to absorb storm water generated during this period.

“ Whenever it rains heavily across the state, this naturally leads to a rise in the lagoon and the ocean which automatically locks up all the canals in the state.

“ Until the water in the ocean and lagoon recedes; that is when our canals can into theses water bodies.

“The after effect is that it takes a long before water discharges into the  lagoon as well as the it eliminates all backflows,’’ the said.

It, however, said that it was pertinent to explain that water on the road after continuous rainfall could not be flooding.

“It is just flash flood which definitely disappear in a matter of because the canals are already functional,’’ Bello was quoted.

The statement advised Lagosians to be prepared for rains of high intensity which would be accompanied by occasional thunderstorm.

“We advise our not panic, but if possible stay off the roads when they don’t have a very serious cause to do so in order not to be cut in the traffic gridlock,’’ its said.

Bello urged , community development associations and resident associations to relate drainage maintenance officers and drainage resident engineers in the 57 local and council development areas whenever the arose. (NAN)