Residents of Lagos State lament the impact of heavy rainfall and the attendant floods


Some residents of Lagos State on Monday lamented the impact of heavy rainfall and the attendant floods that affected several parts of Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre.

The early morning rainfall, which lasted about four hours, caused floods in many Lagos communities and forced motorists and road users to wade through gridlock and flooded roads to get to their respective destinations and handle their businesses.

Frustrated residents posted photos and videos on social media showing roads overtaken by floods.

Such roads include the Marina road on Lagos Island, the Pen Cinema area of Agege, the Aboru-Iyana-Ipaja-Ile-Epo area, streets of Dolphin Estate in highbrow Ikoyi area, amongst other areas.

In the Maryland area of the state, the situation almost turned tragic as nine persons — mostly ladies — were trapped when a building started sinking there.

It took a combination of emergency workers to get them to safety, according to the National Emergency Management Agency.

The Lagos Territorial Coordinator of the agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, in a statement to newsmen, said the building is located at 47 Akinwunmi street in Mende, Maryland, Ikeja.

“All nine trapped ladies have been successfully rescued,” he said.
The NEMA official quoted one of the rescued persons identified as Ms Blessing to have said the affected are mostly ladies.

“About 35 buildings on Akinwumi Estate, 31 buildings on Arowojobe Estate, and Ebun Otti Estate are seriously impacted,” the official added.

VIDEO: Resident laments, as flood takes over the streets of Dolphin Estate in Ikoyi area of Lagos.


Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw who shared the video said “We need to really solve this flooding issue.Every-time it rains so heavily,and it is not about moving somewhere else.Drainage should always be considered FIRST before we build seeing that we are a coastal settlement.”

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