Monarch Cries For Help As Rainstorm Wrecks Over 70 Houses In Ekiti

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File photo: What was left of the University of Ibadan Sports Center. Photo: AKINOLA ARIYO

By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

Over 70 houses have been reportedly destroyed by rainstorm in some communities in Ekiti State in the last few days while Are-Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state, is mostly affected.

However,the traditional ruler of Are-Ekiti,Oba Boluwade Adebiyi has called on both the state and the federal governments to come to the aid of his community.

Speaking to reporters in his palace yesterday,Oba Adebiyi,lamented that his  palace and more than thirty other buildings were affected by the heavy rainstorm that rendered many homeless in his domain.

He said,”as  you can see ,part of the palace roof has been blown off, but that is not my immediate problem now. My concern now is  how to take of my people that have become homeless by  this natural disaster “

One of the victims of the rainstorm, Mr. Ayodele Anisulowo of number 18, Odo Ode street lamented that the roof of  his family house was blown off by the rainstorm, and the whole household has rendered homeles ,m while many  were properties destroyed by rain water .

“Anisulowo is not the only victim of the rainstorm. Madam Jibiye Adeleye an octogenarian window  has been forced to relocate to her father’s house pending the time her children can repair their  father’s house.

She lamented :‎”I thank God that I am a native of Are Ekiti, I have a place to keep  my head for now. But it is not convenient at  all . l have been married for almost sixty years and since I left for my husband’s house, I have not slept a night here in my father’s house. ”

Oba  Adebiyi who said he has contacted relevant state and federal authorities to come to the aid of the community also appealed to the indigenes of Are- Ekiti  in  diaspora to come home and help their people at home.

The monarch explains, “immediately after the rainstorm, I sent some of my chiefs to inform the state government,I also contacted the officials of the National Emergency Management Agency ,(NEMA)  and  Iam with their quick response”‎.

Oba Adebiyi who explained that the victims are yet to get relief materials, expressed the hope that both the Ekiti  State  Emergency Management Agency, and its Federal counterpart that jointly visited the community will do something very soon.

Meanwhile,the General Manager of Ekiti State Emergency  Management Agency, Mr. Buruji Olajide has told journalists that  Are- Ekiti was not the only community affected by the rainstorm.

According to him, Ado-Ekiti,the state capital and  some other communities like,‎Afao and Igbemo,in Irepodun/Ifelodun  Local Government of Ekiti State were equally affected. Other towns like Isan- Ekiti and Iludun in Oye Local Government were also hit by the heavy rainstorm.

He stated ,”The State Emergency Management Agency and NEMA  have jointly visited some of the affected areas for on the spot accessment of the damages.  More thirty houses were destroyed in each of san and Iludun. Forty  roof houses were blown off in Afao, more than fourty five houses were affected in Are-Ekiti. Among the properties destroyed  in Afao,was the newly completed Gifted Academy in Afao-Ekiti.

“We have visited some of the affected communities to assess the level of damages. We  have been able to establish that more than 70 houses were affected, we  thank God that no casualty was  recorded, but we are still compiling our report  ,when it is ready  ,we shall state the total number of the victims”‎.

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