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Flood wreaks havoc in Akure, Okitipupa, Ore, destroys property

From Kayode Olabanji & Kayode Afolabi

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Residents of some towns in Ondo South Senatorial District and Akure the state  capital have been rendered homeless by the flood that followed Tuesday’s torrential downpour.

Some property were destroyed by the flood in Okitipupa and Ore, headquarters of Odigbo Local Government

It was also gathered that the flood has rendered some  roads impassable.

Worst hit areas are: Aja Akinneyin Community, Idepe, along Ikoya Road, Okitipupa Omileye, idi Mango in Ore.

Alagbaka area of Akure, Ondo State capital, was not left out as Fiwasaye/Show Boy and El-Shaddai areas experienced their own share of the flood.

Motorists had a hectic time navigating the affected areas on Tuesday as the flood took over the major streets and flowed into some houses, business premises and night club.

In Okitipupa and Ore, residents who recounted their losses to The Hope Metro, said their damaged property include; buildings, furniture, home appliances, and electrical gadgets.

Chairman, Landlords’ Association and Arogun of Idepe Okitipupa, Chief Omotola Emaye, who spoke on behalf of other landlords and residents, said the flood has damaged several buildings and household property worth over one hundred million.

According to him, the flood increases yearly and members of the community had tried all they could within their capacity to avert the reocurrence all to no avail.

Emaye called on concerned authorities to rescue them from flooding ravaging the community due to the continuous downpour.

He implored the management of Okitipupa LG, the State Government, their Representative both on the Red and Green carpet, and the House Of Assembly to come to their aid before other houses and valuables be mopped away, Emaye appealed.

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Also speaking on the development, the Jegun of Idepe Okitipupa, Kabiesi, Oba Michael Adetoye Obatuga, sympathized with the residents of the community over their loss to the flood.

The monarch assured more efforts would be put in place to find lasting solution to the flood ravaging the community.

He called on all the agencies to come to their aid, the Ondo State government, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and the Town Planning for a permanent solution.

“I believe if proper mapping is being placed, and probably the route to channel the drainage in the community, this would go a long way to avert reoccurrence,” Obatuga said.

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