From viral attacks to flooding, fire outbreaks to building collapse, the year 2017 was rocked with devastating safety disasters. These disasters left many injured, some dead while some were left displaced from their homes.
Below, Safety Record Newspaper brings you a list of some of the major disasters that left heartrending impact on the minds of the victims, their families and witnesses.
Nigerians battled monkey-pox three years after the Ebola Virus, and a year after Lassa fever ravaged some parts of the country. Monkey pox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals).
The index case was reported in August at Agbura, a rural settlement area near Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, where the victim had killed and eaten a monkey with members of his family who later presented symptoms of the virus. A total of 146 suspected cases were reported from 21 states (Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ekiti, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Kogi, Lagos, Ondo, Nasarawa, Niger, Oyo, Rivers and the FCT).
The most affected age group was 21-40 years. The male to female ratio was 2:1. Although, no death case was reported but limited actions were taken to educate the public about the virus.
FLOOD IN LAGOS
Flood wreaked havoc in Nigeria’s most expensive neighborhoods of Ajah, Ikoyi, Lekki and Victoria Island areas of Lagos State commencing from July 8. The flood left many home owners stranded while some had to flee their houses to hotels or friends’ homes on the mainland. Some commuters had to pay N1, 000 to touts who were willing to carry them on their backs across the flood.
At Adetokunbo Ademola and adjoining streets on Victoria Island, several homes were overrun by the flood. Also, the flood did not spare the residents of Banana Island, the uber-rich enclave where landed property is sold for as much as N500 million per plot. On Second Avenue (Mike Adenuga Avenue), both sides of the dualised road were flooded.
Household properties running to hundreds of millions were also damaged as a result of the flood. The flood recorded no victims but it led to massive traffic gridlock on the road for several days. Huge economic loss was also recorded as workers and business owners were rendered less productive by the flood during the days the flood lasted.
FIRE IN NIGER STATE
On September 8, the collision of two fuel tankers in Batati town in Lavun local government area of Niger State caused the displacement of over 60 people with 48 shops burnt. The Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) put the loss in the disaster at N50 million. Roadside shops and houses were razed along with farmlands. The fire was reported to have started in the night when nobody was around to combat it.
FIRE AT FESTAC LINK BRIDGE
At a period when Lagosians were preparing for the yuletide, a tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of diesel exploded at FESTAC Link Bridge in Amuwo Odofin on December 13. According to Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and Lagos State Fire Service, no casualty was recorded but 21 vehicles and five motorcycles were burnt in the resultant inferno. Nearby houses and furniture shop were also said to have been gutted by fire. The tanker was reported to have backtracked and fallen as it attempted to climb the bridge. The fire which spread to a car mart by the bridge razed several vehicles that were displayed for sale.
BUILDING COLLAPSE IN LAGOS
A four-storey building collapsed at 3, Massey Street, Lagos Island on July 25, 2017. The building owned by a family was originally constructed as a three-storey house before another level was added obviously for commercial purposes. Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross Society said 16 victims were rescued and eight bodies were found.
AUTO CRASH ON LAGOS-IBADAN EXPRESSWAY
An auto accident on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway claimed 30 lives and left 10 people injured on September 14.
The spokesman for FRSC said the accident occurred around the Elebolo Quarry Area on the Ibadan axis of the road. The accident occurred at a construction site and it resulted from route and speed violations.