Ogun State Government has cautioned residents of lowlands areas affected by flooding including Isheri, Warewa, Magboro, and Arepo among others not to drink from well and borehole waters in the areas to prevent cholera and other waterborne diseases.

The state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Ola Oresanya gave the caution when he visited the border towns with a view to finding an immediate solution to the problem.

He said the appeal became necessary as the flood had contaminated the water sources and facilities through chemical contaminants such as fuel, pesticides, and metals as well as pathogens in sewage, cemeteries, septic tanks and dead animals.

The commissioner announced that the state government will embark on another round of dredging and clearing of drainage channels and waterways in the affected areas.

Mr. Oresanya blamed the flooding on uncontrolled development and the carefree attitude of some residents to critical environmental issues such as waste management.

The Commissioner also debunk the rumour going around that the excess release of water from Oyan Dam in Abeokuta led to flooding in the border towns.

Wale Oluokun

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