Vehicles submerged, commuters stranded as flood plagues Lagos Island, mainland

Car parks at Marina were submerged due to the heavy downpour
Car parks at Marina were submerged due to the heavy downpour

Several vehicles were submerged underwater while many commuters were left stranded amid the heavy downpour in several parts of Lagos state on Friday.

Among the notable areas affected were the parks at the popular Marina axis of Lagos Island on Friday were submerged as the heavy rainfall persisted for hours.

Other parts of Lagos metropolis were affected including, Ejigbo, Ikotun, and many parts of Lagos Island.

Several parts of Lagos were affected due to the poor drainage network

Videos shared widely on social media showed some persons struggling to get to their parked vehicles amid the heavy flooding.

“I don’t know whether this car will ever be able to move again,” an unidentified person said in one of the videos as he inspected his flooded car. “Everywhere is flooded.”

Many commuters were stranded as vehicles were submerged in the flood

Flooding is common in Lagos, a coastal city home to over 20 million people.

Despite government efforts to construct drainages and advise against dumping refuse in them, flooding is almost certain during heavy rainfall.

On Thursday, the state government said it was stepping up cleaning of canals – blocked by human refuse – in four local government areas.

Lagos has about 176 primary and secondary water channels that require regular cleaning.

On Friday, the flooding also affected traffic flow in many parts of the city as commuters groaned.