Rainstorm render thousands homeless in Akoko
From Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare Akoko
Residents of Ikare and Supare Akoko have witnessed the fury of nature as many houses were destroyed by rainstorms that left devastating effects.
The rainstorms which occurred in the two towns had earlier wreaked havoc in Ugbe Akoko rendering many homeless.
During the occurrence in Ugbe Akoko, the rain started at about 6.30pm and lasted for an hour while that of Supare and Ikare started at about 4.30pm and lasted for only 20 minutes but accompanied by a heavy rainstorm and whirlwind.
Places worst hit in Ikare included Igbede, Ishakunmi and Oyinmo quarters while over 70 percent of the houses including schools and the police station in the town were badly affected. In Ugbe Akoko it was the same story.
The personal car of the Commander, Ikare Akoko Police Area Command, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Rasaq Rauf was badly affected as the roofing of the third building to his house removed by the storm landed on his vehicle and two others. When The Hope visited the scenes, rooftops and iron sheets were seen littering the area.
The Olusupare, Oba Kasali Adedeji was seen inspecting the extent of the damage while sympathising with those affected.
Oba Adedeji however called on the state government and the National Emergency Agency, NEMA, to come to the aid of the rainstorm victims.
A community leader from Ishakunmi, Ikare Akoko, Chief Oluke Olamomiara described the rainstorm as a disaster as many are now homeless while many valuables were destroyed.
He pleaded with the government to come to their rescue, saying that cost of building materials is high.
The victims appealed to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA and the Ondo State government to provide succour and relief materials for them.