For the residents of Oyebanjo Street in Ketu surburb area of Lagos, Saturday’s torrential rainfall can be anything but a blessing as they have lost two underage children to the flood water.
The children were declared missing about 8.00 pm on Saturday after the several hours of pouring down across the metropolis.
Persecondnews learnt that the search for the missing children in the canals and drains continued till early Sunday.
Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed on Sunday that the children have been missing since Saturday at 8.00pm.
“The agency received distress calls concerning the above. On arrival at the scene of the incident it was discovered that, around 8 pm, two children had been caught up by floodwater.
“A joint team of responders comprising Agency responders, LASG Fire Service and LASAMBUS was at the scene.
“The Agency’s tiger team commenced a search and rescue operation along the path of the floodwater.
“Initial observations revealed a sloping topography with a direct channel of drain water into the canal. This has proven to be rather challenging to navigate. Rescue operation remains ongoing,” he said in a statement.