Tragedy struck in the early hours of Tuesday [Sept. 6], in Lagos, as a woman, who got married two weeks ago in Adamawa was killed when mudslide occurred in the Agidingbi Area of Lagos State.
Faisa Mohammed was recovered dead and two others rescued alive from a collapsed structure at Kuata Area by Amara Olu Street, Mechanic Village, Agidingbi, Ikeja, as a result of mudslide following a long-hour heavy downpour.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said that three persons, a male and two females, including Faisa, aged 24, were trapped under the mud but the other two were rescued alive. The General Manager of LASEMA, Michael Akindele, said in his report that the agency received a distress call through the emergency toll free line 112/767 at about 10.54 am.
The general manager said that the area was a wetland and a buffer zone which was not habitable for human settlement. “The Lagos State Government has been sensitising people staying in flood-prone and wetlands to vacate such areas to avert loss of lives, especially during this rainy season", Akindele said.
The Commissioner, Ministry of the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare and the Commandant, NSCDC Lagos State Command, Mr Tajudeen Balogun were also at the scene for rescue operation.