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LAGOS: Many displaced as Lekki beach overflows banks

LAGOS: Many displaced as Lekki beach overflows banks

A yet to be ascertained number of families have been displaced by the recent ocean surge at Lekki, Lagos.
This came barely 10 weeks after a university don, Dr. Dupe. Olayinka,  raised doubts as to the safety of the Eko Atlantic City, a mega project by the Lagos State government.
Some environmentalists yesterday warned against the ongoing ocean surge in the area.
The sea surged above its level and is currently threatening to take over the residential houses in the area.
But according to environmental experts, beaches such as Kuramo, Oniru and Bar beaches, which are currently experiencing the surge, were worried by the turbulence of the ocean purportedly influenced the project.
While debunking claims that the ocean surge snowballed into flooding of the Lekki area of the state, the Public Relations Spokesperson, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), South-west zone, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, said only turbulence was experienced.
He said, “contrary to claims, there was no flooding in Lagos or Lekki and if they were, we would have been alerted. The only alert we received today was concerning an ocean surge.
“Some environmentalists had contacted NEMA to alert us to warn members of the public not to swim in the ocean on any of the beaches due to the heavy turbulence of the water.
“Although the surge does not mean that they cannot visit the beach, they are urged to stay away from the water because ocean surges carry whatever is in its path.”
He said the agency initially didn’t want to raise an alarm and cause panic, rather, to do a deeper analysis of the surge with a group of experts from different agencies.
On whether the surge was caused by the Atlantic project, Farinloye said that was part of what the experts would liaise and discuss during the stakeholders meeting and then work on ways to ameliorate the effect of the project on the ocean.
The surge is in line with the prediction by Olayinka, a hydrographer and consultant lecturer with University of Lagos, at the 2013 World Hydrography Day Celebration held at Oriental Hotel and organised by the Nigerian Hydrographers Society (NHS).
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