22 August 2012

Nigeria: Lagos Ocean Surge - Five Bodies Still Missing

Lagos — Three days after the ocean surge that swept away 15 residents of Kuramo Beach in Victoria Island of Lagos; at least, five bodies are still missing and believed to have been trapped at the belly of the Atlantic ocean.

Ten out of the 15 occupants initially declared missing have been found at the shore days after the tragedy, bringing the total number of the dead to 11.

When our correspondent visited the beach yesterday, the one time bubbling and boisterous beach had become deserted and calm, even during the Eid-el-fitr celebration.

Armed police men had taken over the entrance of the beach and even journalists were bared from taken pictures.

Speaking with newsmen at the shoreline, Chairman, Iru-Victoria Island Local Council Development Area of Lagos, Mr. Abayomi Daramola, who visited the beach, said he was happy he ordered demolition of shanties at the place two moths ago owing to the extension of shanties on the beach.

According to him, more lives would have been lost in the Saturday tragedy, if he had not demolished some of the shanties at the beach. He added that about 5,000 people hitherto lived on the shore before the June demolition exercise.

"We decided about a month and a half ago to move into the village to see how people were living there. During our visit in the early hours of a particular morning, we found out that thousands of people were living there in deplorable condition.

"We then decided we needed to clear some of the shanties and see how to improve the conditions of the place. We ejected a lot of the people resident in the village. When we took the step at the time, there were lots of protests and complaints", he said.

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