A 53-year-old woman has lost her life, while 124 houses were destroyed after a downpour in two communities in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State.
Consequently, the community leaders have appealed to the state government for relief materials and shelter for the victims, saying that over 80 persons have been rendered homeless as a result of the Sunday rainstorm.
The two communities affected are Imogan and Lampese.
It was gathered by Vanguard that the deceased, identified as Madam Ibokun Obamodi, had rushed outside to pack her things during the rain, but was hit by a roofing blown off one of the houses.
According to sources, by the time her children discovered her lifeless body outside in the heavy rain, it was too late to save her life and was confirmed dead at the hospital.
APC boss makes case for victim One of the leaders of the community, Mr. Jeffery Obasanmi, appealed for help from the state government.
Obasami, who is also the Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area, lamented that “apart from the fact that our people have been rendered homeless, four electricity poles fell at Imogan, while two fell at Lampese, cutting off power supply to communities.
“We are appealing to the state government to come to our aid because many people are now homeless.
“If the rain falls again, these houses with roofs blown off will collapse because most of them are not strong enough.
“Government should provide shelter and food for the victims, because it is really a very serious matter.”