By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Heavy rainstorm that accompaniedd the rainfall that occurred in some parts of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Thursday has left no fewer than 50 houses, shops and other structures destroyed.
Among the houses, shops and other structures which, were affected are those that belonged to residents of Alaaka community, Araromi village, Igbonna, Apete, Wajawaja, Ologuneru, Alapata, Olose, Oloman, Arijo, Awotan, Alepata , Ile-Titun and other areas all in Ido Local Government Area of the State.
It was gatheref that the rainstorm which occurred between 6.00 and 6.30 pm during the rainfall also destroyed.
No fewer than 15 concrete and wooden poles , a situation which may affect electricity supply in the affected areas.
A resident of Alaaka community, Mr Musliudeen Ajadi Alimi, whose house was built last year totally collapsed after the roof wa,s blown off, told newsmen that he and his wife were in the house when the incident occurred.
Ajadi, while lamenting his ordeal, appealed to the state and federal governments as well as National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), as well as spirited Nigerians to come to his rescue saying that, “I don’t know where to start.”
He said, “The rainstorm came in a heavy way. The whole roof was totally removed. It destroyed the whole building after the roof was removed. What is left.
“I am appealing to the well spirited Nigerians, Oyo state government and the federal government to come to my aid.”
Another affected person, whose roof was removed during the rainstorm, Mrs. Funke Emmanuel, told our correspondent that she and her husband were left with no option to sleep in their shop.
She said, “The rainstorm was heavy. I was inside the house with my children. The rainstorm came three times, it carried the whole roof the forth time it came. I thank God that it does not claim any live. I am appealing to the government of Oyo state to come to my rescue.”
A resident of Ologuneru, whose shop was also destroyed while recounting his ordeal told newsmen on Friday that he almost died when the electricity in the shop shocked him during the rainstorm.
The Chairman of Ido Local Government Area, Mr Wahab Oladejo, when asked to speak on the matter however said that there was nothing the local government can do except the state government.
“If we see it and the local government is in position to help, but don’t promise anybody that the local government can help. Because, as at now, the capacity of the local government is not enough.”
But the Secretary of the Oyo State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Akin Makinde, who said he was hearing the news for the first time, however promised that the agency would take the necessary action when furnished with the details of the damages in the affected areas.