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FW: Lagos residents lose valuables to flood

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha is trying to figure out how to tell as many impact stories as possible in different forms.

This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.

In the past week, many parts of Lagos State have been affected by the rainy season. On 8th September 2018, Ibeju Lekki residents lamented the loss of valuables worth millions to flood from the heavy rain downpour.

“We can neither go to the office nor stay at home comfortably now, as many of our valuables have already been destroyed by the flood. I never believed we could be sacked by flood because we live in a predominantly sandy environment, due to our proximity to the ocean” - Balogun, a resident of Ibeju Lekki

Kajole, Majek first gate, Lakowe, Eleko, Oribanwa and Awoyaya areas have all recently been submerged in water as a result of the lack of proper flood management.

 

How does the flooding occur?

Residents are convinced the constant flooding within that axis is because there are no working drainage channels, and for the most part, they are correct. The city’s drainage system is poorly planned, and in some places, non-existent as flooding has become an annual experience.

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