Flood sacks Lagos schools, homes

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Schools in White Sand Estate, Isheri-Osun in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, have closed their doors, advising students to stay at home as heavy rains and subsequent flooding have disrupted activities.

White Sand Estate is one of the hardest-hit locations in Lagos, frequently experiencing severe flooding.

Wednesday’s downpour rendered homes flooded, with water reaching mid-level heights inside residences.

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This severe flooding has left many residents trapped, unable to even sit down as their living spaces are submerged.

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In response to the flooding, a school located in the area (name withheld), sent messages to pupils, advising them to stay at home due to the hazardous conditions of the roads and the school.

flooded school

The message read, “Good morning dearest parents. Trust your night was splendid. Due to the downpour and a predicted serious rainy weather forecast today, we have decided to close the school and postpone today’s exam. As you can see, almost everywhere is flooded.

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“As a school, we prioritise the safety of our geniuses above everything else. Consequently, the school bus will also not operate today. We are extremely sorry for all the inconvenience.”

Our correspondent, who visited the area, reports that the streets are flooded, making it impossible for cars and motorcycles to navigate. Pedestrians face significant risks as the flooding obscures drainage channels.

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The Public Relations Officer of the area CDC, Johnson Olabode, expressed his frustration, in an interview with our correspondent, saying, “We are at it again this year. Everywhere is filled with water. I have been up since 3am when the rain started, and all I could do was watch my house get flooded. We can’t even start removing the water until the rain stops.”

Olabode added that schools have notified parents to keep their children at home due to the severe conditions.

Another resident, who simply identified herself as Atinuke lamented as water flooded her living room.

“The rain has entered my house again. Just look at the environment. This is Whitesand Wstate in Isheri-Osun,” she lamented.

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