OUR EXPERIENCE BY THE AFFECTED AREA IN LAGOS
Many could not attend church service, because they could not leave their houses or were busy scooping water out of the homes.
Some residents told our reporter should the rain continue, it would render them homeless/many have already lost properties worth millions of naira.
A resident, Chima, who works in a private firm in Ajah, said he had been trapped in the office since Saturday and could not take the risk of entering the flood for fear of being drowned.
“I became very apprehensive when the rain persisted yesterday (Saturday). I just realised that the flood had gained ground and the entire place was flooded. So many cars here have been submerged. My major problem is that I am hungry, I can’t even go out to eat and nobody can come to this area to bring food for me, I have been drinking water and tea since yesterday evening. If this rain continues, I don’t know what I would do”.
Donatus Ezekiel said he was trapped in his car along Lekki Ajah road, adding that he had to abandon his car in the middle of the road after it was taken over by flood water.
“I have never seen this kind of flood before. I don’t stay in Lekki, I was going to attend a friend’s birthday party on Saturday. If I had known it was like this, I wouldn’t have gone out of my house”, a sober Ezekiel lamented.
While some residents blamed the government for not being proactive, some attributed the cause to neglect of environmental warnings.
Another resident, Lawal Bakare, said on his facebook wall, “This continuous rain is not new, we have just neglected its environmental impact…in fact we worsen the prognosis with our bad ecological decisions. #UnSmartCities We can’t be passive about our aspirations.”
Another resident, Adeseila Adegboyega Henry, said: “Well we don’t have to blame the government for this, Lagos is lower than the sea, that area bordering the ocean is the most vulnerable. So there is nothing the government can do except the Holland method but even in Holland it took hundreds of years to build those dykes and they still fail sometimes.