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Lagos Rain: Flood Ravages Businesses, Properties, Communities

The 10-hour downpour in many parts of Lagos has affected many communities Business and commercial activities on Wednesday.

The revealed that rain which started in the early hours of Wednesday, fell all through the afternoon prompted heavy floods to ravage the conventional business activities.

Sources revealed that floods from the heavy downpour also brought down a two-storey building in the Mushin area of Lagos, grounded vehicular movement on the roads and overwhelmed thousands of residents while pupils could not attend schools in parts of the states.

The effects of the rain also triggered concern from the Lagos State government who said the rain lasted for nine hours, in some parts of the state after starting at midnight and did not subside until noon, making it 12 hours.

Such places include Berger, Ikeja, Ogba and in some parts, the rain lasted for 10 hours.

Our correspondents, who visited some affected flooded areas such as Iyana-Oworo, Agege, Ijegun-Isheri Osun, Gbagada and Lagos Island in Lagos State, observed that roads and houses were flooded as a result of long hours of downpour.

Other places which were affected by the rain, prompting heavy flood in Lagos are Eredo, Bojije, Epe, Sangotedo, Ibeju-Lekki, Awoyaya, Labora, and Abijo.

On Cameroon Road, in the Mushin area of Lagos, seven people were injured after the  a two-storey building collapse as a result of the rain which began around 12am.

According to the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the seven victims were rescued alive from the collapsed structure as attributed the collapse of the newly constructed building to the inclement weather.

He said, “Early this morning, seven people were rescued alive from a building in Ewenla, Mushin, that collapsed in the inclement weather.

“Upon arrival of the LRT at the scene of the incident, it was discovered that a newly constructed two-storey building had collapsed. Three females and four males were rescued alive and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

“The agency’s search-and-rescue team had searched the rubbles and can confirm that there is no victim underneath the collapsed building. The area has been cordoned off, and operations are still ongoing.”

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