By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
No fewer than 150 houses have been destroyed at Erin-Oke in Oriade Local Government area of Osun State following a heavy windstorm in the area.
The heavy windstorm that occurred on March 6, 2021, wreaked untold havoc in the ancient town thereby rendered many homeless.
The Chairman, Board of Trustees, Erin-Oke Development Association, Dr. Salaudeen Akinwale Famakinwa who spoke on behalf of the community noted that the community has never experienced a disaster of such magnitude.
Famakinwa who disclosed this after the on-the-spot assessment visit made by both representatives of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Osun State Emergency Management Agency (OSEMA) to assess the level of damage caused by the devastating windstorm said residential facilities, Schools, Mosques, Churches among other buildings were vandalized.
He then called on both Federal and State governments to come to the aid of residents of the area who were affected by the heavy windstorm.
The community leader explained that on the evening of that day, it appeared as if it was going to be rainy but suddenly, it turned into a thunderstorm, pulling off roofing sheets and pulling down fences of the majority of buildings in the area.
He, therefore, solicited the assistance of both Federal and State governments to come to their aid to cushion the effects of the monumental damage.
Also speaking, the APC Women Leader, Alhaja Kudirat Fakokunde also solicited for quick relief from the Government to the unfortunate victims.
Fakokunde pointed out that the heavy downpour, which occurred about two weeks ago, had rendered so many individuals homeless, including widows, widowers, and aged people who cannot afford the cost of renovation.