Here Come Rains. Out Come KAYAKS & Swimsuits On The Streets Of Lagos Nigeria

by Bamidele Ogunberu Last updated on August 12th, 2017,

Tourists and expatriates are having a swell time in Lagos Nigeria at the moment as Kayaks, canoes and good old fashioned swimming is presently the how people get around given the rains and flooding that has thrown Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Lekki, Ajah and environs into darkness. State owned Television service remains shut even as the cops have cordoned off Ahmadu Bello Way. The few transporters available have reportedly hiked fares beyond the reach of the non affluent Lagosian

Residents woke up on Saturday morning to flooding in their homes and their cars submerged under water. Those who were far from the disaster zone could only stare at their hand-held devices and television screens in awe at the flood that didn’t take many by surprise.

One brave resident took to swimming in the infested waters on Lekki road, an affluent suburb that is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the coastal city. Another was spotted kayaking across Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island.

Making a bad situation worse, the management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Sunday announced that power outage in Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Lekki and its environs is because it’s equipment were submerged in the flood.

Reacting to the development, the Lagos State government reiterated its call for residents to observe extreme caution on the roads as heavy downpour is expected for a few more weeks and warned residents to desist from dumping refuse on water channels. He urged residents to stay indoors, either at home or in their places of work whenever there is a heavy downpour, except when the need to commute becomes necessary.

Residents of Chevy View estate, off Chevron Drive, Ajah at the weekend pleaded with the state government to help in the flood disaster the community is currently facing. They noted that residents have packed out of their houses and many businesses have crumbled because of the flood.

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