The incessant rainfall in Lagos has confirmed earlier prediction of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet) which stated that 12 of the 36 states of the federation would experience heavy rainfall and extreme flooding in 2019. The agency also stated that about 600 Local Government Areas in the country would be under the threat of flood.
Since the last week of September however, several parts of Lagos State have observed continuous rain fall which has triggered reactions among Lagosians due as the state of roads within the metropolis have continued to bring hardship to residents and commuters.
The torrential rainfall had left many road and neigbourhood flooded with business interests suffering as well.
Traders and food sellers also have recorded loss due to the rain to the fact that they had their food prepared before 5am and sometimes they are unable to make appreciable sales due to the rain.
However, many workers had suffered deduction of salaries by reason of perpetual lateness to work due to bad weather and terrible roads.
Also, blocked channels around the metropolis have also increased flooding in some neighbourhoods as water from the rain find it difficult to move. Areas like Ikotun, Iyana-Ejigbo, Isolo Road, Mushin and also Lagos/Badagry expressway are already affected.
Miss Timilehin Esther, a resident of Ijeododo via Ijegun Lagos talked about the rainfall and how it has affected her financially.
“The rain had affected Ijeododo road, it has caused increase in transport fare and I hope the council chairman and his councilors work hard to resolve the muddy road in the area,” she said.
However, nearly a quarter of all car accidents occur during bad weather. According to Science Daily, most drivers simply don’t change their driving habits enough to operate a vehicle safely during raining weather.
During the raining days, drivers increase transport fares due to the fact that their transport trips reduce as they won’t be able to make more trips because of the rain.
Meanwhile, some traders have continued to make brisk business while the rain lasts. Demands for items like umbrellas, shower caps, rain coats, rain boots have increased and traders are in business.
Also, the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) has warned that about 74 Local Government areas across the country would witness high flood during this year’s rainy season, similar to what NiMET’s forecast meaning that Nigerians must brace up as the rainy season rounds off.
Farmers depend on rain to nourish crops, but much rain can actually harm crop production by washing away seeds and precious topsoil. Wet weather encourages bacteria and Fungus growth, which can further damage crops.
In all, Nigerians should be responsible by ensuring the drainage around them are cleared for easy water passage, then the government should ensure the roads are rehabilitated before every rainy season for ease of transportation which would enhance movement of goods and services.
*Timilehin Ayomide, an intern at the Media Career Development Network writes from Lagos.