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Lagos rain sweeps Four-year-old girl away…buildings collapse

Following Thursday’s torrential rainfall in Lagos, some residents have been displaced and property destroyed after flood swept through different parts of the state.

While a four-year-old girl, identified simply as Azizat, was swept away by flood, a woman was killed after her house collapsed due to the intensity of the rain.

Several persons were also reportedly injured and rushed to different hospitals after their houses collapsed.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Azizat, who resided with her parents on Fashola Street, Papa Ashafa, Orile Agege, had attempted to flee with her family when the flood submerged the compound.

She was said to have fallen into a drainage channel and was swept away by the floodwater.

The incident was said to have thrown residents into panic, as they lamented the rate at which their houses were flooded by the downpour, which started on Wednesday.

Also in Orile Agege, PUNCH Metro gathered that a yet-to-be-identified woman and her daughter sustained injuries after their residence on Hassan Adejobi Street was submerged by flood.

The fence of the house was said to have collapsed on the six-room boys’ quarter, where the victims live around 6am.

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The flood also dislodged occupants of a 10-room bungalow in the compound.

On Unity Close in the Magodo area of the state, an unidentified woman was reported to have lost her life after a building collapsed in the area.

The Public Relations Officer of LASEMA, Nosa Okunbor, said the woman’s corpse had been deposited in a morgue before the arrival of the agency’s response team.

“A fence collapsed on a storey building as a result of mudslide, thereby making the entire area vulnerable to collapse,” he stated.

At the Ashade Quarter, Agege, two persons, including a pregnant woman, were reportedly rescued when four buildings collapsed.

The foundations of many buildings were said to have been weakened by the heavy downpour.

In the Iyana Ipaja area, some residents of Sadiku Street reportedly sustained varying degrees of injury after their house partially collapsed during Thursday’s downpour.

It was gathered that the adjoining fence to the staircase of the building, which consisted of eight rooms, 23 shops and a store, collapsed around 11am and also affected the toilet of the adjacent building.

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In the Abraham Adesanya Estate area of the Lekki-Epe Expressway, floodwater slowed down vehicular movement, which led to gridlock that made motorists spend hours for a journey that should have lasted minutes.

A commercial driver, Abdulkareem Adedeji, said, “The downpour was much. The road was flooded and it caused gridlock that made motorists spend roughly over an hour from the Jubilee Bridge to the Abraham Adesanya Estate junction.

“The downpour also affected some parts of the Awoyaya area of Ajah. I conveyed a passenger from Awoyaya to a destination in the state, but on my way back, we ran into gridlock and spent hours in it.”

Another resident of the area, who made a video of how flood submerged the road, asked residents to be careful when driving.

“My people, this is Lekki, Abraham Adesanya. As you can see, it’s no joke. Those of you going to work, be ready for war when coming back. This is what we call war at Abraham Adesanya,” he said.

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