Nigerian drivers have abandoned their cars to escape the flood. At least 31 people have been killed and thousands have been displaced, as a flood caused by heavy rain ravaged the southwestern Nigeria.
The flood, which took place in the city of Ibadan, has washed away many properties. According to local media reports, the torrential rain has also caused a dam to overflow, making the situation more complicated.
The downpour that lasted many hours resulted in a serious traffic jam and many abandoned their vehicles to escape the flood. Many bridges collapsed and cars submerged following the devastating flood. Rescue officers are helping to deliver relief materials to the victims.
In Nigeria, flood is common in the rainy season, which lasts from April to September. However, this year the rainfall is very high which resulted in the worst devastating flood in the past 12 years.
An official for the National Emergency Management agency said Monday that most of the victims are children who drowned in the southwestern city of Ibadan. He said people in the city were left with no escape routes after torrential rains on Friday damaged three bridges and made a dam overflow, submerging entire neighborhoods.
He said that the agency was delivering food, toiletries and medical supplies to thousands of people displaced by floods. Floods also killed at least 15 in Nigeria’s north over the past couple of weeks. Last year some 500,000 people were displaced nationwide by floods in Nigeria. Nigeria’s rainy season lasts roughly from June to September.