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Rainfall paralyses activities in Benin

26 July 2012, 14:56

Edo -  An all-night rainfall on Wednesday that continued on Thursday has paralysed both social and commercial activities in Benin.

The night rain continued on Thursday preventing workers and traders from leaving their homes early.

Many of the roads were flooded, while the few commercial buses that managed to ply the routes were charging 50 per cent more than the normal fares.

Some of the markets visited were devoid of the usual hustle and bustle, while many of the private and government offices were also near empty of human activity.

As at about 1 p.m. on Thursday, the rain was still drizzling and only few passengers were seen at some of the popular bus stops.

It was observed that some private and commercial buses had plunged into culverts due to absence of reflective warning signs at the heavily-flooded Usele-Ugbowo Road.

The bus drivers were charging between N100 and N120 from Ring Road to University of Benin main gate as against the usual fare of between N50 and N70.

Some passengers were seen stranded at the Mobil gate, Ogida bus stop, as there were no buses to convey them to their destinations.


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