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Nigeria flood: ‘Worst in recent times’

LOSS: Motorists abandon cars in Lagos

PARTS OF Nigeria were brought to a standstill yesterday (July 10) after heavy rain caused flooding in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo.

The downpour forced residents of the affected areas to remain indoors, while many motorists had to abandon their cars as they became submerged in water.

Holidaymakers were also left stranded as the rain disrupted flight operations and made departures and landings difficult following the flooding of Lagos airport’s runway.

The rain, which has been described as the heaviest in recent times, resulted in a number of casualties and huge material losses.

South Londoner, Tommie Lucas, who is currently holidaying in Nigeria told The Voice:

“It has been raining since I got here last week, but yesterday’s rain was bad.

“The water got up to my knee and I am 5 ft 11. Areas like Imowe, Ibafo, Sango, Ikorodu, which are all on the island are heavily flooded. It was really scary and a lot of people were panicking, especially those that were stranded in their cars,” he said.

Adding: “It's raining again today but thank God I am on my way to Ibadan so I hope to be able continue enjoying my holiday.

Lagos State governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has directed workers, businessmen and children in public schools to stay at home today, to enable the state government to assess the impact of the flood on property and social infrastructure across the state.

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