An 11-year-old boy and his rescuer have lost their lives, after being swept away by flood at the Aboru and Iyana-Ipaja axis of Lagos state yesterday.
The young lad and his sibling were said to have walked into an open drainage which was covered with flood on their way home after their parents sent them to buy cooking gas.
On hearing the cry of the boys while the rain swept them away, a rescuer who is an OPC member popularly known as Wasiu Stubborn attempted to save them but was also swept away in the process.
A Community Development Association leader in Oki Town, Solomon Agboghoroma, who confirmed the incident, told PM news
“This rain started almost four or five days ago but the one of last night was one of the heaviest and it started at about 2:15 a.m. and by 3:15 a.m., it came with full force and everywhere was flooded. Around 7:30 a.m. or 8:00 a.m., we learnt that an OPC member, who was a security guard in one of the gas stations here had been carried away by flood while trying to rescue two children who came to buy gas, but fell into the drain.
“The gas station had not opened because of the flood as the whole place including the canal had overflowed its banks. The children fell inside the gutter. This OPC boy went and rescued one but in the process of rescuing the second child, he and the boy fell into the canal and that was the end”.