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LAGOS STATE ALERTS RESIDENTS ON RELEASE OF OYAN DAM, CALLS FOR CALM

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

The Lagos State Government has warned citizens, particularly those living along the Ogun River, of the constant discharge of water from the Oyan Dam, but they need not be alarmed.

Tunji Bello, the state’s Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, said in a statement that state officials have been monitoring the release, which was previously reported through an advisory.

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Isheri North, Kara, Itowolo, Ajegunle and Majidun, and Ogolonto are among the regions where water is being released.

The level of water released by the Oyan Dam authority is determined by the severity of rainfall reported in Lagos and connecting rivers, according to him.

He went on to say that the volume of water spilled over the last week has fluctuated between 15,000 to 21,000 milliliters, before dropping to 17,000 milliliters on Monday.

Residents in low-lying areas should be prepared to evacuate to higher ground as more water is released from the Oyan Dam, which will peak in October.

He promised that the water discharge would not result in flooding on the Lagos/Ibadan Express, as it did in 2011.

Residents living downstream of Isheri Olofin up to a portion of Agboyi, he said, will experience floods, as previously warned.

Due to their proximity to the Yewa River, the Onikoyi/Agelete neighborhood in IBA New Town at IBA LCDA is also experiencing floods, according to Bello.

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