Jimoh Ahmed, Owo.
Following the devastating effect of the rainstorm which left many homeless and properties worth several million naira destroyed in the process, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, on Wednesday, embarked on on-the-spot assessment tour of the areas where the occurrence occurred in the community.
Rainstorm had on Monday wreaked havoc in the ancient town, Owo, blowing off rooftops, pulling down electric poles, trees perimeter fences and destroying goods and other properties, majorly in Idashen, Olaoluwa and Ehinogbe parts of the town.
Oba Ogunoye who visited all the affected areas, was warmly welcomed and appreciated by his people for showing concern about the unfortunate occurrence.
Saddened by the development, the Olowo expressed his sincere sympathy to the victims, just as he promised that he would make necessary contact with the appropriate authority, especially Ondo State Government, for possible assistance.
Oba Ogunoye enjoined sons and daughters of the Owo kingdom whose parents have houses that are becoming inhabitable to take action towards rehabilitation or total construction of such homes to meet modern living standard, rather than abandoning such structures unattended to.
Recall The Hope had reported that no fewer than 500 houses and property worth millions of naira were destroyed by a midnight rainstorm in Owo, on Monday.
The rainstorm which accompanied a 15 minutes rainfall left a devastating effect as trees were uprooted, blocking major roads, electricity poles pulled down, while rooftops were blown off.
It wreaked havoc mainly in Ehinogbe, Idashen, Ilale Cashew, OlaOluwa and Achievers University areas of the town.
The incident occurred after the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) had advised that there would be rainfall accompanied by heavy winds and rainstorm.
Some of the victims stated that the rain which started with heavy wind blew rooftops and demolished everything in its path in the community.
They lamented that the rainstorm damaged their houses and properties worth millions of naira, while they appealed to the state government for immediate assistance.