Downpour Wreaks Havoc In Osun

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    By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

    Residents of Osogbo in Osun State are counting their losses following the downpour which lasted for about three hours on Tuesday.

    The rain which started around 8 pm and lasted till around 11 pm affected residential buildings, shops, churches, bakeries, gas stations, destroying property worth millions of naira.

    The perimeter fence of the Government House, Oke-Fia, Osogbo was also affected.

    It was gathered that a yet-to-be-identified motorcyclist was swept away by the flood.

    Some residents also fled from their homes when flood submerged their buildings.

    Western Post further gathered that the flood ran over some roads making it difficult for motorists to ply.

    Rivers also overflow their banks and some bridges collapsed.

    Some of the areas affected by the flood include;: Onireke, Obate, Awosuru, Sadiat, Testing Ground, Atimowa, Akindeko all in Osogbo.

    Some of the affected business owners asked for government’s intervention.

    A shop owner at the Onireke area, Ishola Mutiu who sells electronics said the rain wrecked havoc while it lasted.

    He said: “I was in my shop when the rain started but I didn’t know it was going to be like this. The flood took over everywhere, it was God’s intervention that saved all of us here.”

    While estimating his loss, Mutiu said items destroyed in his shop were worth around N5 million.

    A shop owner at Obate area, Alhaji Agboola Owoniyi who sells cement said the rain was too heavy, hence they could not take anything from the shop.

    Another businesswoman, Ogunyemi Jumoke, who sells bags of rice and groundnut oil told our correspondent in tears that she could not estimate her loss at the moment and begged for the government’s intervention.

    Meanwhile, the state government has called for calm, assuring the victims of the disaster that government is already assessing the impact of the flood .

    Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode said the government has activated its emergency response system, comprising stakeholders in disaster management, which include environmental management officers, health workers, and security agencies, to respond efficiently to the incident where necessary.

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