Overnight downpour causes flood and traffic gridlock in Lagos [Gallery]

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(m) at 28-06-2012 04:59PM (7 years ago)

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«§» 28 June 2012

Residents in Lagos on Thursday morning witnessed an unusual heavy downpour owing to the several hours it lasted that started on Wednesday night, causing massive floods in many parts of the city





PHOTOS FROM THE FLOODING INCIDENT IN LAGOS



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Sections of Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway were cut off on both sides by the flood, leading to a gridlock.

Many road users were forced to  return home or seek alternative routes while others remained at the spot, waiting for the flood to abate.

Seven-day rainfall
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) recently warned that residents in Lagos would soon experience a seven-day rainfall.

Abayomi Oyegoke of NIMET Central Forecast Unit, Oshodi, Lagos had said that a total of 570 mm of rainfall had been recorded in Lagos State between January and June.

He explained that the rains being experienced in state were the beginning of a seven-day rainfall.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that workers were stranded at bus-stops while others reported late at their offices because of the rain.

Many vehicles were trapped in the flood, causing the traffic to snarl up just as fares went up.

NAN also reported that most of the drains were blocked by refuse resulting in massive flooding of the roads.

At Iyana-Ipaja, the flooding was severe between Mosalashi Bus Stop and Egbeda,  while the situation was also serious in Surulere, Ijesha, Ebute Meta, Lagos Island, Aboru, Ikeja, Ketu-Mile 12, Lekki-Ajah and the Lagos-Ikorodu Expressway.

On the Island, many residents were seen moving out their personal effects from homes on the Adeniji –Adele, Oyebanji and Freeman streets.

A civil servant, Mr Biola Ajose told NAN that several houses at Abesan, a Lagos suburb, were either flooded or submerged, adding that vehicular and human movements were also impeded.

“Vehicles and even pedestrians could not move as the roads and the drains were blocked. A few motorists, who dared to drive through the flood, were slowed down.

Commercial buses and a few motorcyclists (okada) took advantage of the situation to increase fares,” he said.

A resident of Surulere, Mrs Nkiru Obiechina, said the early rain prevented her from going to her shop at Oshodi.

“Although, we have prayed for the rain and we thank God for it,  it has disrupted socio-economic activities as it started before we woke up.

“Some sections of Lagos roads are usually impassable once it rains except the expressways. It is unfortunate that transporters seized the opportunity to hike fares,” she told NAN.

A housewife at Ebute Meta on the mainland lamented that the rain destroyed property in several houses in the area.




PHOTOS FROM THE FLOODING INCIDENT IN LAGOS



A motorist, who simply gave his name as Obinna, said he spent more than three hours in the traffic on the Lekki-Epe Expressway because of the downpour.

“I was trapped in the traffic as early as 8 a.m. and I did not get to my office until 11 a.m.,” he said.


Also, motorists, who plied Orile-Iganmu-Mile 2 Expressway, complained that the ongoing construction work on the road slowed down traffic lasting several hours.

“We usually use three lanes but with the rainfall, the road was narrowed down to just one lane causing serious traffic jam.

“We had to take a detour through Apapa to Ijora to link the mainland,” said Joseph Etuks, a banker.

NAN recalls that experts had warned that there would be more rainfall in 2011 than in the previous years.

Also, the Lagos State government had in May advised residents in flood-prone areas particularly in Agiliti and Agboyi-Ketu to relocate before the rains.


Source: http://www.channelstv.com/home/2012/06/28/overnight-downpour-causes-flood-and-traffic-gridlock-in-lagos/



interpo777 (m) at 28-06-2012 06:22PM
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IT IS ALWAYS LIKE THAT AROUND NIGERIA, NO AREA IN NIGERIA  IS GUUD TO TALK ABT,,,,and our leaders re messing around
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chicco77 (f) at 28-06-2012 06:23PM
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SEE NAIJA ROAD,AFTER SO MANY CONTRACT Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
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Treasure2 (f) at 28-06-2012 06:26PM
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When will solution come???
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Solidstonez (f) at 28-06-2012 06:28PM
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 Huh? Huh? Huh? Huh?

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Solidstonez (f) at 28-06-2012 06:29PM
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NIGERIA HAS A LONG WAY TO GO

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cindyluv2k4 (f) at 28-06-2012 06:43PM
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It is a horrible state  In lagos ,  i even had to swim to  work. No  Ǥööϑ road, no electricity, high cost of living etc *Sigh*
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franklinus1 (m) at 28-06-2012 06:45PM
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solution will come when our government is ready. when they stop stolen our money and do the necessary things to be done. because will still have a long way to go.
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zoe61 (f) at 28-06-2012 06:50PM
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what are the government doing with 9ja's money
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jamepinto (m) at 28-06-2012 06:53PM
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WILL SHUD WAIT FOR GOD TO COME MY HELP US.
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crusifixo (m) at 28-06-2012 07:02PM
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Quote from: Treasure2 on 28-06-2012 06:26PM
When will solution come???
am coming with it
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franel (m) at 28-06-2012 07:03PM
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Quote from: cindyluv2k4 on 28-06-2012 06:43PM
It is a horrible state  In lagos ,  i even had to swim to  work. No  Ǥööϑ road, no electricity, high cost of living etc *Sigh*
Shocked Shocked

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cocoeni (f) at 28-06-2012 07:18PM
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too much problem 4 nigeria self
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Ifemylove (f) at 28-06-2012 07:18PM
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Quote from: Solidstonez on 28-06-2012 06:29PM
NIGERIA HAS A LONG WAY TO GO
A VERY LONG WAY MY SISTER
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cindyluv2k4 (f) at 28-06-2012 07:27PM
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Franel its true o...never experienced such a day  In  ♍‎​​Ɣ entire life...our govt are busy looting all †ђξ lootables while †ђξ masses are facing calamities na devil go punish them
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Bj1st (m) at 28-06-2012 07:30PM
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NA BY FORCE TO LIVE IN LAGOS..... Grin Grin Grin MAKE EVERY ONE GO HEM ORIGIN IBADAN HERE I COME!!!
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Juliejones (f) at 28-06-2012 07:41PM
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Pikin wey say him mama no go slip,,, him too no go slip......Goodluck dey slip with 1 eye open, 1 eye close!!! Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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nnadi2016 (m) at 28-06-2012 09:13PM
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wow

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moriztuos (m) at 28-06-2012 09:48PM
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Una see the future abi but no precaution was put in place....sooooo
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Shanex (f) at 28-06-2012 10:05PM
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 Grin
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