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Heavy rain locks down Lagos

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Mushin during yesterday’s rain

It was a wet day in Lagos yesterday following a heavy downpour in many parts of the commercial city. The rain, which started around 11a.m. lasted for over an hour.

At Herbert Macaulay area of Yaba, there was serious flooding on both sides of the road, thereby causing some gridlock on some road artery long after the rain ended. Commuters were also stranded and some cars broke down on the road.

The drainage around Herbert Macaulay, Surulere, Ikorodu Road and other areas in the Lagos metropolis were also blocked, thereby making it difficult for the rainwater to flow easily.

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Eyewitnesses, who were caught in the rain yesterday expressed serious concerns over the poor drainage system and urged Governor Ambode to take drastic measures to address the problem.

It would be recalled that the Lagos State House of Assembly had last month advised residents of flood-prone parts of the state to look for alternative accommodations to prevent flood-related hazards.

Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Setonji David, called for respect for government regulations on physical planning.

He said: “Residents should consider their safety and the safety of others when they are building. It is not safe to build without approval. Building on waterlogged areas is suicidal; building on waterways or close to a canal is bad. We should make safety a priority.“We are appealing to all residents to build according to plans and obey the regulations on physical planning.’’


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