Rain, rain, go away: The great flood of Lagos and other stories


by Yemi Olowu

Rain has been pouring for over 24 hours in Nigeria’s Centre of Excellence, and according to weather forecasts, there’s more to come. Lagosians are worried, and rightly so. Many were stuck in the rain yesterday, others trapped indoors, and sadly, some homes have been overtaken by rain.

Social networks have also been flooded – excuse the pun – and even a BlackBerry broadcast that carries the name of the Lagos State Commissioner for Enviroment, Mr Tunji Bello, was making it’s rounds yesterday. We pray the rain stops before it causes any more damage, but while it’s still dropping, YNaija brings updates from Twitter, BBM and Facebook.

 @Waltz_inc: Heard d rain az carried silverbird 2 abule egba :O =D =))”

@Soundsultan: i blame all dose who sang the rain rain song in the past *”COME AGAIN ANODA DAY “NOW ITS BACK WIT VENGANCE

@walegates: My Lagos people! How are u enjoying that end-time rain?

@4eyedmonk: If its because of this rain…better buy trailer “@MizzAina: This oh!!!! RT @Tkamz: I GATs BUY JEEP!”

@DemiladeR: I blame Storm records for this rain.

 @Tha_Scarface: If this rain persists……MTN go dey get reasonable excuse(s).

@MisGloryEdozien: Anyway sha, if this rain hasn’t chilled by 2morrow.I am staying my dry behind indoors! Unless my office sends an ark…I aint going nowhere!

 @Tufab: Na Karen face dey cause dis rain… #HurricaneKarena #BBA

@Tufab: No send nybody out O! Rain dey fall Ehen… RT @BigBroAfrica: Tune in NOW to find out who’s going home this week #BBAmplified”

@SharonOjong: This rain has no mercy for singles!

@twitjeremii: Chai & u’re indoors bah? RT @ritaUdominic: Rain drops keep falling on my head

@2ndelawal: Anyone having a party & can’t find their rice? Rain brought two coolers to my streets.

@toluogunlesi: Lagos Mainlanders… collecting & muting rain with plastic buckets since 1861…. Lekki/VI people, better give yourselves brain…

@uchejombo: Was loving this rain before*now looking like d rain is going 2 be on it all day

@xplizitsouljah: The way the sky looks now ehn, e be like say e go fall down o. Na rain abi na wetin sef? ogabnje weather.

@Demola_Osuntoki: Lagos Rain Today: Bringing Oniru beach to your doorstep.

@IraborOkosun: This rain fit make Noah just chill4house o

@KikiDrizzyDrake: Lol @ Naija people already saying Lagos should have voted for UMBRELLA sha since the BROOM can’t sweep the rain…

@Tufab: This RAIN is getting really annoying… Please is there anyway I can stop this rain online? Link Pls… Thx RT

@pumpsberry: I just got informed dat a friend’s building on d island is now in Akoka. I guess the rain copied and pasted it dere

@jenny2gen2l: 2days rain is an acid test for lagos state government. Fashola is working lagos is drowng.

@didi_gawguss: I Heard rain Has relocated SHOPRITE to Oworonshoki…..LMAO

@oluwashina: I love Nigerians, even the jobless are threatening not to step outta the house tomorrow following heavy rainfall and flood across Lagos

@ogundamisi: Nothing like Hurricane Omiyale in Lagos & No Daddy Adeboye Ark to run to, Lagos flood=years of mess, neglect & no urban planning.

@RuggedyBaba: At the rate with which this rain is falling,Canoe business will soon start booming in Lagos

@DONJAZZY: All this rain bb broadcast messages just dey burst my head. someone said the rain has reshuffled lagos. that 4points hotel is now in oshodi

@Obafreshlord: Got dis BB broadcast: “Breaking news -Boko haram claims responsibility for lagos flooding”.

@millerbaba: Dear lagosians, there are enuf undeveloped plots in ibadan,u mite want to relocate :D”

@bkolagbegi: Tables to be sold on noah’s ark for 800k, regular 250k and vip 450k! Mc is amber rose dm me for more details

@OLANIPEKS_ : Island people stay calm noah is hitting lekki first then ikoyi be patient

@pwinceic:The flood in lagos is crazy.. My aunt’s house is Flooded! Everybody in d house are upsatirs as d 1st floor is flooded.

 @itsjustAYO: ashewo go add flood fee tonight..

Flooded Gbagauns

@BecksTurner: Loooooool these rain joke are making me roll

@hadee_zah: Oh..d whole place is flood!

 @bryanblazers: #IfThisRainContinues the price of condoms will raise up

 @samuelsonly: Stocked in traffic for more than 4hrs in this same Lagos from ChannelsTV.

Some Tips for the rainy season

1. Before u leave the house pack a few clothes esp shorts and swim suits.

Reason: You may end up swimming through some areas that cars, buses, bikes, tricycles can’t ply

2. Keep your hardcopy confidential documents in water proof bags.

Reason: In case you return home and find out the house is flooded, it will safe from damage.

3. Start having a good rapport with relatives in your hometown outside Lagos.

Reason: If Lagos becomes submerged we can have a place to run to for a while.

Please if you have more tips add it up to the list and forward to loved ones!

The flood in photos


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Comments (6)

  1. am sure is doing something on it and pls is nt fashola alone ppl less come together and do it give him support on it pls all lagosian

  2. Seriously and fashola hasn't even come out to make an announcement.Am so upset right know

  3. Simply Incredible. Ǧ☺☺ϑ excuse for those in diaspora to stay put.

    There is no short cut to progress and success.

  4. And fashola has not made a broadcast to the people?

cool good eh love2 cute confused notgood numb disgusting fail