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Flood Ravages Homes in Ekiti

Some Residents of Ekiti State have been rendered homeless while property worth millions of Naira were destroyed following a heavy downpour that lasted for about four hours across towns and villages.

The rain, which resulted in heavy flooding, pulled down some structures and submerged many streets in Omisanjana, NTA Road, Oriapata, Poly road, Elemi all in Ado-Ekiti the state capital.

Report from Ilawe Ekiti also indicated that many parts of the ancient town were affected including the palace of the Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Ajibade Alabi.

According to the Media adviser to the monarch, many rivers and streams in the town overflowed their banks, as a result, many Farmers could not go to their farms due to the flooding

In Ado Ekiti, Radio Nigeria Correspondent Oriola Afolabi reports that major streets were flooded, while some residents had been sacked from their houses.

Some of the victims could not hold back their tears as they cried profusely.

A community leader, Sir Lawrence Eegunjobi, who expressed shock at the level of damage done by the flood, called on the state government to come to the aid of those rendered homeless by the flood as a matter of urgency.

Another community leader, Chief Sesan Ojo said several houses had been washed away by the flood and urged government to assist in addressing some factors responsible for incessant flooding in the state.

The Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Ajibade Alabi who is also the chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers in Ekiti State, blamed the ravage flood on lack of drainage and good layout in some streets across the state.

Oba Alabi whose palace’s fence was pulled down by the flood, urged government to assist landlords and residents of his town who were now left with nothing due to the ugly development.

During an unscheduled visit to some of the affected areas, the Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, promised that government would do everything possible to avert such occurrence in the nearest future.

Otunba Egbeyemi directed the local government chairman of Ekiti Southwest, Mr Kolade Amire to look at the affected areas and report back to his office.

The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, who sympathised with the victims, said measures had been put in place by administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi to assist the flood victims.

He urged residents to always support government’s efforts to prevent flood in the society.

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