Aftermath of persistent rain in Lagos over the weekend (tweets), Brila Fm shuts down

  • Lagos, one of Africa’s most populous cities has been hit by torrential downpour
  • Poor drainage systems and weak urban planning have compounded effects of the rainfall

Lagos, one of Africa’s most populous cities, has been hit by torrential downpour and thunderstorms over the weekend that has left many parts of the city flooded.

Residents in the Lekki and Victoria Island suburbs woke up on Saturday morning to flooding in their homes and their cars submerged under water.

My house right now at Lekki Phase1.@AkinwunmiAmbode#PleaseClearOurCanals#Lagos#lagosflooding8/7/2017@BBCAfrica@BBCWorldpredicted itpic.twitter.com/OoQS9GjNam

— Amechi Isiekwena (@Mr_Amechi)July 8, 2017

One brave resident took to swimming in the infested waters on Lekki road, an affluent suburb that is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the coastal city.

When life gives you Lekki flood, make a swimming pool. 🏊🏊🏊
Practically the entire Lagos [Island] is flooded today@akinwunmiambodepic.twitter.com/OnzsqBDN6n

— Y! Online (@YNaija)July 8, 2017

Another was spotted kayaking across Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, a usually bustling business district.

Welcome to Victoria Island, Lagos. Flood. Lack of proper drainage. 🛶 🚣#Nigeria😢😥pic.twitter.com/kPAoGK1GDK

— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina)July 8, 2017

The past 40 years has transformed Lagos, infamous for its heavy traffic and poor air quality.
Nigeria’s largest city and commercial capital has been hit by days of persistent heavy rain and storms at the height of the rainy season.
However, poor drainage systems and inadequate urban planning have compounded the effects of the downpour.
Consequently, Sport radio, Brila FM has been off line since Saturday night. In a tweet explaining the reason for going off air, the management said, ‘Sincere apologies everyone. Our Lagos station was affected by the Lekki axis flood on Saturday & we will be back on air latest Monday morning’
See the tweet

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