Lagos, one of Africa’s most populous cities, has been hit by torrential downpour and thunderstorms over the weekend that has left many parts of the city flooded.
Residents in the Lekki and Victoria Island suburbs woke up on Saturday morning to flooding in their homes and their cars submerged under water.
One brave resident took to swimming in the infested waters on Lekki Road., an affluent suburb that is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the coastal city. A crocodile was spotted along Chevron Drive in the same neighbourhood
Another was spotted kayaking across Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, a usually bustling business district.
The past 40 years has transformed Lagos, infamous for its heavy traffic and poor air quality.
Nigeria’s largest city and commercial capital have been hit by days of persistent heavy rain and storms at the height of the rainy season.
However, poor drainage systems and inadequate urban planning have compounded the effects of the downpour.
The state government issued a statement urging residents in affected areas to stay at home and for those living in lowlands to ‘move uplands.’
“You are implored as much as possible to stay indoors unless it is essential to your safety and livelihood,” said Samuel Adejare, the city’s environment commissioner.
He added: “We are on top of the situation. our emergency lines 112 and 767 are open for residents to report any emergency situation.”