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Downpour paralyses activities in Lagos

BY KINGSLEY ADEGBOYE

The heavens again opened up in Lagos hitting many parts of the metropolis and paralising both human and commercial activities in the nation’s sprawling commercial nerve centre. The downpour which started on Wednesday night continued for better part of  yesterday.

The rain that lasted over 10 hours inflicted its usual pains on Lagos residents, as they swam through floods for several hours to get to their various destinations.

The floods which took over major roads and expressways such as the popular Ikorodu Road, the ever busy Oshodi/Apapa expressway Lagos/Badagry expressway, Agege Motor Road and Lagos /Abeokuta  expressway resulted in gridlock causing commuters and commercial drivers to spend several hours to get to their destinations. Several vehicles were seen to have broken down on the flooded  roads.

On Oshodi/Apapa expressway, the gridlock which many motorists met before Ijesha Bus Stop, caused motorists to spend between three to four hours to get to Mile 2. The cause of the gridlock was severe floods at Rainbow and Mile 2 areas of the dual carriageway due to blocked drains.

Many commuters were stranded at various bus stops along the expressway. As usual, commercial bus drivers had no option than to take advantage of the helpless situation to hike fares. Commercial activities were practically grounded to a halt as many residents in the metropolis could not make it to their offices and business places.

Many road users were forced to return home or seek alternative routes while others remained at the spot, waiting for the flood to abate.


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