Flood takes over Lagos community as residents lament blocked drainage

Residents of Alhaji Idowu community in Akowonjo (Alimosho LGA of Lagos State) have lamented flooding in the area, which they attributed to blocked drainages. According to residents, the blockage affects free flow of water from households in the area, and efforts to address the problem have been abortive.

As at Tuesday 09 Nov 2021, it was observed that plastic, sand and some particles blocked the water channels. A resident, Ruth Giwa, said during the rains, the situation worsens as floods take over the community. She said, “water from the drainage in this area can cause outbreak of diseases; we are at the mercy of mosquitoes.

“When they constructed this road, nothing like this happened, but look at our road now, everywhere is flooded. When it rains, we are in big trouble. Also, some of those constructing new houses dump granite and sharp sand on the walkways, which also block the drainage.”

The community has experienced this problem since April 2021, and efforts by residents to get relevant government agencies to alleviate the situation have failed. Members of the community said despite several letters to Alimosho LGA Council in respect of the blocked drainage, they got no response.

Due to the flooding problem, residents have difficulty accessing their houses and shops.

SOURCE: The PUNCH

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