Heavy rainfall, floods destroy houses, displace Ekiti residents

Heavy rainfall, floods destroy houses, displace Ekiti residents
Heavy rainfall, floods destroy houses, displace Ekiti residents

No fewer than ten houses have been destroyed, leaving residents in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, dislodged as a result of the havoc caused by torrential rainfalls.

The heavy downpour which began on Monday night and the accompanying floods also destroyed belongings worth millions of naira in the affected areas especially the Balemo and Tinuola areas off Afao Road in the state capital, which are amongst the worst-hit areas.

The PUNCH reports that some residents, who said they were temporarily dislodged by the floods on Monday, said the ones that came with the rains on Wednesday dealt the final blow.

One of the victims, Blessing Oladele, told journalists in Ado Ekiti on Thursday that "the flooding was caused by the erosion that flows down from Christ's School at Fajuyi area and coupled with the fact that Elemi stream along Iworoko Road that flows downward overflowed its banks and these two generated the flood that destroyed some houses in our area.

"It affected about 10 buildings and we would have recorded casualties, but for the fact that we quickly ran out of our buildings with our wives and children to seek refuge in safer neighbouring houses.

"Apart from affecting some of the building walls and foundations, we have lost other valuables like electronics, clothing materials, beddings, chairs, rugs, kitchen utensils to this flooding.

"The carnal was dredged during the first term of Governor Kayode Fayemi, but it has been blocked by debris which I believe caused the blockade that led to the flood", he stated.

Another victim, Mr Sunday Ojo, who appealed to the government to dredge the affected carnal identified as the main cause of the destructive flooding, said, "The carnal at Tinuola area needs to be dredged to be able to contain the water from upland.

"I also advise that dredging of Elemi Stream will help in controlling erosion, because each time it overflows its banks, it will push water backward that will affect that section and other adjoining areas", he said.

The Chairman, Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency, Captain Sunday Adebomi (retd), said the agency would go for on-the-spot assessment to know the extent of damage and how best to intervene to control flooding in the area.