Lagos Downpour: 10-Hour Rain Floods Homes, Businesses, Causes Building Collapse

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10-Hour Downpour Grounds Business Activities in Lagos and Ogun States

On Wednesday, a relentless 10-hour downpour disrupted business and commercial activities across Lagos and Ogun states, leading to significant flooding and structural damage. The flooding caused the collapse of a two-storey building in Mushin, Lagos, halted vehicular movement, and left thousands of residents stranded, with many school children unable to attend classes.

Extended Rainfall Duration

While the Lagos State government reported a nine-hour rainfall, some areas experienced continuous rain from midnight until noon, amounting to 12 hours of downpour. Affected regions included Berger, Ikeja, Ogba, and other parts of Lagos.

Widespread Flooding

Our correspondents observed severe flooding in areas such as Iyana-Oworo, Agege, Ijegun-Isheri Osun, Gbagada, and Lagos Island. Floodwaters inundated roads and homes, disrupting daily life. Other severely affected areas included Eredo, Bojije, Epe, Sangotedo, Ibeju-Lekki, Awoyaya, Labora, and Abijon.

In Ogun State, places like Atan-Ota, Aseese, Ifo, Sango-Ota, and Ijebu-Ode were similarly affected. Major roads were submerged, stranding passengers and making travel impossible.

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Building Collapse in Mushin

The heavy rain led to the collapse of a newly constructed two-storey building on Cameroon Road, Mushin, injuring seven people. Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA) successfully rescued the victims. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Permanent Secretary of LASEMA, attributed the collapse to the adverse weather conditions.

Urgent Safety Warnings

LASEMA urged residents to stay calm and avoid non-essential travel due to flash floods. Schools, such as those in White Sand Estate, Isheri-Osun, closed, prioritizing student safety. The area is notorious for severe flooding, exacerbated by poor infrastructure and maintenance.

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Local Reactions

Residents expressed frustration over the recurring issue. A parent, Atinuke, praised school management for proactive measures during the downpour. Meanwhile, Johnson Olabode, a Community Development Officer, lamented the perennial flooding problem, calling for government intervention.

Impact on Transport

Major roads such as Majek, Abraham Adesanya, and Awoyaya-Sangotedo faced severe flooding. The situation led to a hike in transport fares, with residents like Anuoluwapo Atanda in Agege experiencing significant disruption due to blocked drainage systems.

Government Response

Lagos State government deployed emergency teams to clear blocked flood-prone areas. The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, advised residents in low-lying areas to relocate temporarily. Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya, assured residents that the flooding was a temporary natural occurrence and urged caution during travel.

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Regional Effects

Flooding also affected Benin, Edo State; Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State; Akure, Ondo State; and parts of Anambra State. In these areas, heavy rains disrupted vehicular movement and daily activities, with residents facing various degrees of flooding and traffic gridlocks.

The persistent heavy rains and subsequent flooding underscore the urgent need for improved drainage systems and proactive measures to mitigate the impact of such natural events. Residents and authorities must collaborate to find long-term solutions to these recurring challenges.

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