The impact of flooding in Lagos (Adeniji Adele)

Adeniji-Adele Estate is a low-income housing development which comprises 120 residential blocks of two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments in four 'Phases'. The strategic location of the Estate between Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lagos Mainland provides direct physical access to upscale social and economic infrastructure within the heartland of the city. Furthermore, the proximity of the Estate to Oyebanji Transport Hub and the Third Mainland Bridge allows for direct road access to different parts of the city, both on the Island and the Mainland, and horizontal access through to the heart of the South-West region of Nigeria. As at the time the Estate was established in 1983, it was considered an attractive residential community and access was competitive. However, factors such as the proximity of the site to Lagos Lagoon, low-lying terrain, and external physical development infractions have seen the Estate decimated by floods over the years. The Lagos State Government has developed a number of drainage and flood control-related plans, however, the 2015 Lagos Drainage Master Plan is the first to address the Adeniji-Adele area with any level of detail.

The impact of flooding in Lagos (Divine Estate)

Poor waste management in Lagos remains a key issue and a major driver for flooding in the city. Improper waste disposal contributes to flooding by blocking drainage systems and clogging drains, thereby obstructing the free flow of water through the drains and causing water to back up during extreme flood situations. More importantly, a build-up of garbage in the form of dump sites and landfills can also obstruct the natural flow of water in rivers and streams.

Divine Estate is a development within Idi-Ori community, Ajeremomi-Ifelodun Local Government Area. The Idi-Ori area lies within the Lagos flood plain, and is historically swamp land. Residents began development efforts in the late 90's, by in-filling the swamp with municipal waste and subsequently, with sand-fill to accommodate buildings.

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