Despite the warnings of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), to people living in flood prone areas to vacate to be prepared for a 3–day moderate to heavy rainfall, which is likely to be witnessed soon across the country and the Agency plead with residents in flood prone areas to move to safer grounds before the predicted rain starts, residents of the flood prone areas have not yielded to the warnings and consequently, the flood disaster witnessed in some parts of Lagos State on Friday, following a heavy downpour that almost crippled commercial activities within the State.
The heavy rainfall, witnessed in Lagos and its environs for some days, has started affecting some flood prone areas in the state; in particular, the downpours on Friday, September 3.
Areas such as, Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Ikeja, witnessed flooding as commuters and pedestrians try to wade through knee-level flood water, resulting in gridlock and commuters looking for alternative routes.
Other areas affected were, Ajegunle, Ojo, Ajangbandi, Satellite Town, Badia-Ijora, Amukoko, and environs. While some of the residents have their properties destroyed as flood took over their houses, others just have to bail out water from their buildings.
Also, shop owners within these areas, in particular, the Alaba International Market, counted their losses, as flood water took over some of their shops, destroying goods worth millions.
Recall that SarahReports had earlier reported that Nimet, In a 5-page document, titled “Impact-Based Weather Forecast”, the agency stated that, during the expected 3 days rainfall, there would be increased chances of flash flood on roads, settlements, farmlands and bridges; which can disrupt vehicular movement, reduce horizontal visibility, increase the possibility of cars skidding off the roads, and the likely delays in flight operations.
The Agency also advised the public, to exercise restraint when going out during these periods, and to keep monitoring situation of things before considering going out, and warned people living in low lands, and areas with fast-flowing runoff waters, and other coastal regions, to be prepared for any rain-related hazards that might happen during the said periods.