Saturday, 20 February 2016

About the ocean surge in Alpha Beach, Lagos

Some parts of the coastline of the Lagos Island are in a state of concern currently.

Have you been to Alpha Beach estate recently? And seen how flooded parts of it are?

One documentary was shown earlier today on Channels TV, which inspired this post.

Goshen Beach estate recently had an issue of ocean surge too, where the sea was taking over the wall of the estate.

What is the cause of this environmental issue?

One of the reasons is sand excavation. Many people want to build houses these days and would rather buy cheap sand from the beach forgetting that they are creating a vaccum.

The sandfillings also disturb the ecosystem of the ocean.

The coconuts that used to line the shores are virtually nonexistent, the mangroves too which used to keep the waters within the boundaries, are gone.

Currently in Alpha Beach, the ocean surge has started in February 2016; this is rather early in the year.

It used to start from April to September.  One can only imagine how that area would be when the rains start.

The government has made some effort to alleviate this issue but there is still so much more to be done.

Lives and properties are at stake. Some people are putting up their properties for sale; I wouldn't live there if you gave me a mansion for free.

Imagine waking up in the morning to find that the house has been washed away?

Okay, that may be a bit extreme for an example but something needs to be done real fast.