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Flood Destroys Property, Displaces Residents Of Osun Community


A community in Osun State, known as Ifedapo, in Egbedore Local Government Area of the state, has been thrown into serious agony following the flood that ravaged the area on Tuesday, destroying property worth millions of Naira as a result of a heavy downpour in most parts of State.

The flood was reported to have sacked more than 100 residents, destroyed farmlands and killed livestock among other things. Some belongings of the victims were still trapped in the flood when our reporter visited the area, as residents struggled to save their wards from drowning.

Also, youths of the community were mobilised to avert extreme damage as many of them were seen scooping water from houses.

One of the victims, Adedayo Kolawole said not less than 100 houses were affected. He attributed the flooding to lack of drainage in the Aje market, an international market owned by the state government.

He said though, no life was lost, some household appliances and livestock were destroyed by the flood.
He urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the State Emergency Management Agency to come to their rescue.

“The flood came to us unexpected, as we were not expecting any flood this year. Though the area is flood-prone due to the hilly nature of Aje International market owned by the state government. We have gone to lodge a complaint but nothing has been done yet.

“The damage it has caused in the community is so much. It is one of the biggest flooding we have experienced in recent time. The flood affected mostly the people living along the Palace road, in Ofatedo here.

“Many houses and business centres along the area were not spared as many of them suffered great losses. If we quantify the damage, it would be running into millions of Naira,” he said.

Another victim, Mrs Amina Badejoko said, “the flood displaced many families. Take a look at those houses, the level of water in the houses, you can observe that the shop has been submerged.

“People are making frantic efforts to save their property. I don’t think anyone will sleep in the houses along this road to avoid further danger.

“A lasting solution should be found as the flood poses danger to us as a people.”

“We, therefore, urge the state and the Federal government to come to our aide.”

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