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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