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Kuramo Beach – the Lagos fun spot and home of an army of petty traders – where one person died and 15 went missing at the weekend is no more.
The beach was demolished yesterday after the government evacuated its residents.
An ocean surge that ravaged the beach on Saturday triggered the demolition, which seems to have worsened the situation of the occupants.
Many of them were yesterday mourning the loss of their properties and loved ones, who were swept away when the Atlantic Ocean tore through its banks.
Three bodies, believed to be of those carried away by the receding surge, were found on the Bar Beach, raising the number of recovered bodies to four.
Fifteen persons were reported missing after the surge on Saturday.
The recovered bodies were those of two adults and a girl identified as Bisi, daughter of Tunde Kolawole, a resident of the beach.
Officials from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have been combing the beach for the missing persons.
The authorities said the demolition was necessary to forestall further loss of lives.
Midnight on Saturday, the peak period for fun-seeking patrons of the beach, the Atlantic Ocean surged, tearing through the 20 metre-wide beach at the midpoint, to link with the Kuramo Lake on the other side, making about half of its length inaccessible.
“Remember it even happened on midnight on Saturday when the beach is bubbling”, he said.
A man, who claimed to have lost his means of livelihood” to the surge, said about 40 cabins would have been lost.
After inspecting the ruin at the weekend, the Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Prince Adesegun Oniru, announced government’s decision to demolish all the remaining cabins and gave Category: Top Stories
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