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Heavy Flashflood caused by downpour damages houses, vehicles, cause gridlock in Lagos

Posted by on November 15th, 2021

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says a flash flood caused by a downpour on Sunday damaged several houses and vehicles in some parts of the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.

NEMA advised residents and motorists in the area to exercise utmost caution as some electric poles fell due to the downpour.

Acting Zonal Coordinator, South-West NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the downpour affected Oko Oba, Ekoro, Akowonjo, Egbeda and Ekoro axis.

“Rainfall that started around 1:20 p.m. has led to flash flooding which affected many buildings and disrupted normal activities in many communities.

“The water overflowing from the canal entered into residential houses. Several houses were affected and the enumeration cannot be done today,” he said.

Mr Farinloye also disclosed that Ikeja Electric has been contacted to isolate the areas where electricity poles fell to prevent electrocution.

“Motorists are advised to exercise utmost caution as the traffic gridlock is terrible due to every motorist trying to access the junction at the same.

“Upon assessment, about 25 vehicles were found to have their engines affected with floodwaters and the owners have been advised to avoid driving the vehicles.

“As at now, there is no report of loss of life,” he added.

The Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet) had, on August 25, warned of flash floods in 34 states including Lagos.

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