By Ganiyu Agbelusi
Scores of residents of Alade Idanre in Idanre Local Government area of Ondo State have been rendered homeless following a heavy rainstorm which destroyed over 70 residential buildings.
At the community, over 70 roofs of buildings were blown off and electricity poles uprooted.
It was also gathered that an old woman lost her life to the disaster as her house was said to have fallen on her at Alade.
Blown off roofs, cables and poles were seen littering Idimilokun, Oke-Ibukun and the Police Station roads, when The Hope correspondent visited the areas.
The General Hospital, Idanre, was not left out as it had its car park blown off and reduced to rubbles while its neighbour, the house of a retired Justice of the Supreme Court had its gate pulled down and many of the tree crops planted in his garden uprooted by the storm.
Between Odode and Alade Idanre, electric cables around Gbekemu valley were conspicuously seen on the road as many of the poles, made with steel were vandalised.
The car park of the General Hospital Idanre, was badly affected by the rainstorm.
One of the victims, Mrs Janet Jonuash, who has a computer centre at the former Post Office building, one of the affected areas at Alade Idanre, lamented her loss which she estimated at over three million naira worth of equipment and stationary damaged by the storm after the roof of her shop was completely blown off.
Another victim, Mr Adewale Afolabi at Palace Road, Atosin Idanre while narrating the havoc to his family house said a sum of N200,000 would be needed to repair the roof blown off by the storm.
The duo therefore sought government’s assistance in carrying out necessary repairs on the affected property.
Also soliciting help for the victims, the Ojomu of Alade Idanre, High Chief Akinrinlola noted that government’s assistance was crucial at this time to ease the pain caused by the storm.
The Member representing Idanre in the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr Festus Akingbaso sympathized with victims of the rainstorm and promised to engage government on how to bring succour to them, even as he pledged personal assistance towards putting smiles on victims’ faces.
Speaking with The Hope correspending on phone, the Caretaker Chairman, Idanre Local Government, Mr Jerome Akinsuyi who decried the level of the disaster, said the inventory of the victims have been compiled by the supervisor representing Alade/Owena and that the appropriate authority will be notified.
He assured that the state government through the State Emergency Management Agency will compensate the victims.