Residents Count Losses As Flood Sacks Ikire Town

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Following long hours of rainfall on Saturday morning, some parts of Ikire town, the headquarters of Irewole local government area of Osun State have been submerged.

Properties worth millions of Naira were also destroyed as a result of the flood that accompanied the heavy downpour.

Residents disclosed to newsmen that the rain started early on Saturday morning around 8am and lasted until afternoon.

Parts of the town affected included Oja-Ale, Atoto, Fulani, Mateba, UNIOSUN Road, Campus area and the popular Naira and Kobo junction along the Ife-Ibadan expressway.

A student of the Osun State University, UNIOSUN, Onigbinde Michael who spoke to newsmen in a phone conversation on Saturday said shops, residential houses, farmlands, and livestock were badly affected and that he could not quantify the level of loss.

“More than 100 residents have been affected. In the affected areas of Ikire, you will observe residents scooping water out of their houses and shops.

“Some of them are even trapped in their building with no help in sight. Some even came out and saved some trapped victims from drowning.

“The case is pathetic.”

Reacting to the flood incident in Ikire on Saturday, the Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke directed the Commissioner for Environment to fast-track flood prevention measures.

In a statement signed by his Spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed on Saturday, Adeleke expressed sympathy over the flood disaster.

The governor revealed that the flood wreaked havoc on the western part of the state and assured the people that his administration will address the root cause of the flood, forestall future occurrences and fast-track the state’s flood prevention plan.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Environment, Mayowa Adejoorin has revealed that he has directed personnel of the Ministry to quickly find a temporary solution to combat the flood.

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