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Hell as floods cut off Apapa-Oshodi expressway

By WALE AKINOLA
The downpour in Lagos that started on Friday and continued till the early hours of Saturday triggered floods in some parts of the metropolis.

One of the worst hit areas by the floods was Apapa-Oshodi expressway, the gateway to the nation’s busiest ports, which was cut-off at two points between Cele Bus Stop and Mile 2, effectively shutting down vehicular  traffic.

Scores of vehicles which attempted to wade through the floods at Coker and Jakande Bus Stops were stuck right in the middle, trapping occupants.

An articulated vehicle on the Oshodi bound lane fell into a ditch as it attempted to make its way through the floods.

The resultant traffic on the Apapa bound lane stretched several kilometres, from Coker Bus Stop to Cele, while the one on the Oshodi  bound started from Coker, stretching past Mile 2 to Berger Yard.

For many motorists and commuters, it was hell on earth.

While the motorists, stuck in the traffic, resigned to fate, scores of commuters from both ends of the expressway took to trekking.

Women and children among the  commuters were a pitiable sight as they  waded through the floods at Coker and Jakande Bus stops.

Many Mile 2 bound commercial vehicles took one way from Cele to avoid the crippling traffic but ended up discharging commuters at Coker after charging twice the normal fare of N50.


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