Seven individuals have been confirmed dead in the flooding brought on by the two days of rain that poured in Lagos State on July 8 and 9. Three of them are siblings.

The National Emergency Management Agency’s Lagos territory chief, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed this on Wednesday in a statement. The siblings were identified as Michael, who is 18 years old, Elizabeth, 17, and Timi, 14.

He claimed that the unfortunate events occurred at the state’s Oke Isagun, Agbado Oke, Alimosho Local Government Area. A similar incident led to the discovery of two bodies in the state’s Orile-Agege district, close to Oyatoki.

The community elders also told the agency, according to Farinloye, that four siblings of the same parents were swept away in the same hamlet on the same day but were saved.

He said,

“The post-emergency phase assessment after the unprecedented rainfall of Friday, 8th July and Saturday, 9th July, 2022 has revealed that about 7 people, 3 children of same parents and 4 adults, died as a result of the flooding that was witnessed during the 2-day continuous rainfall. About 8 lives were also saved during the period.

The 3 siblings that lost their lives were residing at a church house belonging to Mercy of Christ Apostolic Church situated in an uncompleted building.”

The siblings are alleged to have been carried away while attempting to go from their room to the main church building, according to Farinloye. He said that Timi, the youngest and apparently asthmatic member of the group, had fallen while attempting to climb the plank connecting their apartment to the church building.

The statement reads:

“The rest of the siblings while trying to rescue their sibling were also swept away. NEMA, while on a condolence visit to the families met the members of Progressive Community Development Area representatives who conducted the Agency round the areas.

The bereaved parents were said to be on bereavement somewhere but NEMA team had a brief meeting with the community leaders on the way forward.

An appeal was made to them that for the rest of the year, the community must embark on awareness and sensitization campaigns on safe actions to avoid the situation that they experienced during the period.”

“Members of the Programme CDA informed NEMA that rainfall from Meiran, Abbatoir, Agege, and Toll gate converged and was channeled to their community.

The update on the Oyatoki, Orile Agege flood shows that 4 people were saved alive and 2 people died. Hon. Adejare, a member of the House of Representatives who represents the Agege Federal Constituency, was in the region for a condolence and assessment visit when NEMA arrived at the scene to conduct a post-emergency phase assessment.

Every time the community members noticed that the rain was getting heavier, the honorable had ordered them to block the road to stop vehicles from moving.

Another two adult males were killed while attempting to cross the Alagnole-Akute Road at the Four Gate Hotel in Akute, Ogun State, a neighborhood that shares a border with Lagos State. The third male adult who was saved is currently being treated in the hospital, but he is making a quick recovery.

Other local government areas with significant effects but no reported casualties include Mushin, Ikorodu, Kosofe, Agege, and Eti Osa.