Lagos witness heavy downpour as residents groan under heavy gridlock

Lagos witness heavy downpour as residents groan under heavy gridlock

The commercial city of Lagos on Friday, July 16, witnessed a heavy deluge that resulted in massive flooding and traffic gridlock across the metropolis.

1st News gathered that several vehicles were submerged underwater in parks at the popular Marina axis of Lagos Island on Friday as heavy rainfall persisted for hours.

Videos shared widely on social media showed some persons struggling to get to their parked vehicles amid the heavy flooding.

Flooding is common in Lagos, a coastal city home to over 20 million people.

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Despite government efforts to construct drainages and advise against dumping refuse in them, flooding is almost certain during heavy rainfall.

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency has urged residents of Lagos State to observe safety precautions during downpours.

Acting Assistant Zonal Coordinator, NEMA Southwest Zonal Office, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, gave the advice in a statement in Lagos.

According to him, the residents should avoid driving when flood covers half of the vehicles’ tyres.

“Once the rainwater gets to half of the wheels it sweeps off your vehicle; kindly park and move on to higher ground for safety,” he said.

Farinloye also advised that trekking should be avoided during downpours.

“The rainwater must have risen above our ankles, once it happens like this, the flood has the capacity to carry us off.”

He advised teachers to keep pupils in classrooms during downpours; no matter the duration, to safeguard their lives.

The NEMA boss warned people living in buildings with signs of danger to report to the appropriate agencies for assistance.

“Residents of Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, Alimosho, Amuwo Odofin, Ikeja, Ojo, Kosofe, Apapa, Epe, Oshodi-Isolo, Shomolu, Surulere and Ajeromi /Ifelodun LGAs are advised to be more careful when it rains.

“The 2021 Annual Flood Outlook has predicted more flooding to be experienced in these 13 local government areas.

“Anyone in need of emergency assistance should call 08067715203, 07066836580 for prompt response; in addition to 112 and 767 for immediate assistance,” Farinloye addressed.

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