Incessant rain in Lagos and Ogun states in the past one week has not only wreaked havoc, but also exposed infrastructural deficit in the two neighbouring states, in an investigation by the Punch, it was revealed that the incessant rain, claimed lives, destroyed homes and property.
Also, motorists and commuters were not spared of the harrowing experience as many of them spent hours on flooded roads. It was also observed that the problem was compounded by the fact that major roads in the states were in a state of disrepair.
The downpour on Saturday led to the death of a woman, Mrs Jumiah Utache and her three children in Magodo area of Lagos when a building collapsed on their house. Also, the flood had claimed the lives of a 11-year-old boy, and a man, identified, as Wasiu, who wanted to rescue the boy.
Later on Saturday, a resident of Magboro, Kingsley Ejike, was swept away by the flood resulting from Saturday’s downpour.
He got drowned in a flood around Sparklight Estate area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Ogun State.
Ejike, a cooking gas supplier operating in the Magboro area of Ogun State, was said to be the owner of Kingsfield Gas at Magboro.
He was said to have fallen victim to the flood while on a trip to supply cooking gas to some residents of Sparklight Estate, near the MFM at about 6.15pm.
A source in the area said Kingsley, who rode a motorcycle, was on his third gas supply trip to the estate when the tragedy happened.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident, said Ejike was riding his motorcycle to a destination when flood occasioned by the downpour swept him into a tunnel, adding that his remains were recovered and deposited in a mortuary.
Also, a landlord, Aina Oke, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said his two cars were damaged inside his compound in Abule Egba, following hours of rain on Saturday.
Oke, a building contractor, said the continuous rainfall caused his street to flood; a situation, he said, led to the collapse of his fence on his two Sport Utility Vehicles.
He stated, “I had no inclination that the fence was defective. In fact, it came to me as a surprise. When I saw the damage, I didn’t know how to react but I later consoled myself by thinking of people whose houses were flooded and even those whose loved ones were swept away by the flood.”
Oke urged the Lagos State Government to address the problem of flooding in the state, adding that it had taken a dangerous dimension. According to him, except something is done urgently, the entire state may be washed away one day.