Teenage girl drowns in Surulere flood

Lagos Flood

A 17-year-old girl identified as Ayisat drowned in a flood after Monday’s downpour at Alapafuja Close, Surulere, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said on Tuesday.

LASEMA spokesman, Nosa Okunbor, said in a statement that a search and rescue operation for the teenager is ongoing and her body is yet to be found.

“Upon arrival at the scene of incident, it was discovered that the canal along Alapafuja close linking Bank Olemoh was submerged as a result of flooding and a teenage girl named Ayisat was swept away by the flood around 12:30p.m (Monday).

“The search and rescue operation by the agency which commenced immediately the distress alert was received, has led to the ongoing thorough search of all major and minor categories of drains and drainage canals in and around Alapafuja axis of the Surulere Low-Cost Housing Estate in Surulere Local Government Area, Lagos,” he said.

Mr Okunbor said the search could be extended beyond the immediate locality of Surulere, as past experience has shown that strong floods can transfer victims far from incident scenes.

Qed.ng had earlier reported how a four-year-old Azeezat was also swept away by flood last Thursday at Orile-Agege area of Lagos. Her body is yet to be found.