Lagos State Calls for Calm Amid Torrential Rains and Flash Floods

Hours of torrential rain have caused flash floods across Lagos, prompting the state government to issue an urgent advisory. The Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources Commissioner, Tokunbo Wahab, addressed the situation, emphasizing the need for residents to remain calm and take necessary precautions.

According to Wahab, the heavy rainfall persisted for nine hours, resulting in significant flooding in various parts of the city. Major roads and residential areas, including Ibeju-Lekki, Ketu, Oworonshoki, Oshodi, Epe, Sangotedo, and Awoyaya, were severely affected. Videos circulating on social media show submerged streets and stranded commuters.

Residents have attributed the flooding to blocked waterways caused by indiscriminate waste dumping. Mr. Rasheed Ayobami, a resident of the Labora area, expressed frustration over the lack of functional drainage systems in his neighborhood, rendering some homes uninhabitable.

Motorists faced extended travel times due to flooded roads, particularly on the Ibeju-Lekki Expressway and the route to the Third Mainland Bridge. In Oshodi, a fallen tree disrupted traffic near the Airport U-turn.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Authority confirmed that seven people were rescued alive after a two-story building collapsed in the Mushin area. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation and implementing measures to mitigate further damage.

Residents are urged to follow advisories, relocate if necessary, and stay informed about emergency responses. The Lagos State Government is committed to addressing the flooding challenge and ensuring public safety during this challenging weather event.

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