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Flood: Man electrocuted in Lagos

A 61-year-old whose identity was yet to be known has lost his life after being electrocuted during the flood incident which happened on Wednesday during a downpour in the Orile-Iganmu area of Lagos State.

Penpushing reports that Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the death in a post he shared on his X handle @benHundeyin on Thursday, stressing that the incident occurred in the Orile-Iganmu area of the state.

The police spokesperson explained that during the rain in Orile-Iganmu, the 61-year-old man, while wading through the floods, held on to a street light pole and sadly got electrocuted, urging the public to always stay safe.

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Penpushing further reports that it is recalled that a heavy down pour which resulted in floods overrun many drainages on Wednesday, restricted movement and crippled activities in some parts of Lagos state, as residents were seen evacuating water from their premises

The residents were lamenting following persistent rainfall, while number of those interviewed shared their experiences in some areas which include Abule-Osun, Ojo, Jimoh bus stop, Akowonjo area, Shasha axis, and Gbagada/Oworonshoki expressway as well as Lambe, Ayobo among others

“Everywhere is flooded, we have been evacuating water from our premises since the rain started. If the rain continues in the next two hours, our gutters will overrun and we do not know what to do. It is a swampy area but we have not had it this bad in recent times’, a resident said.

“We hope the water stops rising as soon as the rain stops. The flood is massive in our area, even last week, the water seeped into our home. We had to bail it out. It is a complete shutdown for us as the children are unable to go to school due to persistent rain of today and the consequent flooding of the entire street’, another resident was quoted saying

‘The flood has grounded activities in the area as school pupils were advised to stay back home. The flood is massive in our area, even last week, the water seeped into our home. We had to bail it out. It is a complete shutdown for us as the children are unable to go to school due to persistent rain of today and the consequent flooding of the entire street’, a resident added.

“Some private school authorities in the neighbourhood called parents to keep their wards back home due to the floods. Vehicles are unable to navigate their way through the flood, we are all indoors hoping the rains will stop falling soon.

‘Jimoh bus stop, Akowonjo area and Shasha axis are currently flooded, even for vehicular movements. The Gbagada/Oworonshoki expressway is currently flooded and we cannot access the third mainland bridge to the island.

‘The canals in the area are over flooded and are seeping into the houses in the area. We just hope the rain does not persist, or else we will all be grounded for a while. The whole neighbourhood is currently flooded since the rain began in the early hours of the day. We have been scooping water out of our houses to keep the flood out’.

“We hope the rain does not persist or else we may be at the brink of losing properties to the flood. The drainage in the area is overflowing, and with the torrent of the rain, we may experience this flood for some days,” Ms Michael said.

‘The Underbridge bus stop has doubled in size. Our customers are finding it hard to access the market due to the flood at the bus stop. It has been a hectic day, and vehicular movement is difficult to navigate into the market due to the flood and bad roads. We hope the rain does not continue like this, or we will not be able to enjoy sales as usual’, a trader said.

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