Rain pounds Lagos, houses, roads flooded, property destroyed

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Roads and houses were flooded and property destroyed in Lagos on Saturday after a downpour which lasted for hours.

The rain witnessed in many areas of the state caught many residents and passengers unaware as they ran to shelter stands to avoid being soaked.

Areas such as Ojodu Berger, Ikosi-Ketu, Gbagada, Surulere, Ikorodu and others witnessed the rain.

Sunday PUNCH observed that at the Ketu-Ikosi axis of the Kosofe Local Government Area, the roads leading to the Mile 12 Market were flooded. Many streets in Ikosi were also flooded and the development caused a gridlock along the road leading towards the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Some passengers who spoke to our correspondent lamented that the rain flooded their homes. A woman identified only as Iya Beji, who sells wares along Ogunlana Street said her home in Alapere, Ketu, was flooded.

She said, “I was in my shop and didn’t know that my home had been flooded. Whenever it rains like this, the street leading to our home is always flooded with muddy water, which, somehow, finds its way through the back door of my home inside.

Another resident who gave his name only as Victor said he used a canoe operated by some boys in his area to get out of his house in Ikorodu.

A Twitter user, @AkwariCharles, confirming the incident wrote, “The people of Ikorodu are currently using a canoe to move around the flood today. It is bad.”

A video posted on Twitter by @placid21 showed how many residents were struggling to find their way out of a flooded road in the area.

Many people brought out their mattresses, TVs and other household appliances to safe places.  A resident in the area told one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity that it was now a norm for their homes to be flooded following a flood.

A resident of Gbagada, Lagos, Lucy Ige, said she was stuck in traffic after floods blocked parts of the road to Secretariat Bus Stop.

The Lagos State had earlier alerted residents to incoming heavy rains,  amounting to 1,750 mm in 2022, with attendant socio-economic implications for residents of the state.

Commenting on the development, an environmental expert, Michael Simire, urged the state to work on coordinating their drainage channels and linking to avert perennial flooding.

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