By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Hundreds of houses and property worth millions of naira were on Wednesday night destroyed by rainstorm at different parts of Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
Residents of the areas who were still counting their losses described the rain as a terrifying one.
The affected areas visited by our correspondent are, Oke-Baale, Gbonmi, Isale-Osun, Kelebe, Ofatedo, Igbona, Oke Onitea among others.
The rain, which started about 7:10 pm and lasted for almost two hours, pulled down electric poles, block fences, blew off many roofs and containers were carried away.
Traffic was obstructed by electric poles, which fell across the Kajola street, Balogun-Oke Baale.
Many residents were see parking out of their buildings which had been blown off by the rainstorm.
At Kelebe area, the rainstorm blew off churches. One of the affected church was completely destroyed as the wind blew off the roof and placed it on a building belonging to the Grand Imam of Ansarudeen, Alhaji Yunus Sanusi Imogbemi.
Speaking, Pastor Oshunsina Abel, the owner of the church and Imam Imogbemi called on the state government and other stakeholders to come to their aid.
Also, the head of Kajola community whose house was affected, Chief Tiamiyu Ibraheem said it was a terrible experience for the residents of the area.
Ibraheem said though, no cases of casualty was recorded but, he had personally lost close to one million naira worthy of property to the incident.
He said they have called on the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to come and remove the poles that fell down during the heavy down pour in order not to cause another crisis.
Confirming the incident, General Manager, Osun State Emergency Management Agency (OSEMA), TPL. Oluyemi Olanipekun Olanrewaju said the affected people are yet to make official complaint to the agency.
He assured them of government intervention within a short period of time, urging residents to always check the conditions of their roofs so as to avert the future reoccurrence.
He however lamented lack of funding as the main challenge of the agency which has make it impossible to make provision for intervention in anticipation of such natural disaster.