Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Ekiti, FG Agencies, State’s Structures Affected

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Communication mast that crashed down in Beji, close to Minna in Niger State as a result of rain storm.

By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

Properties worth millions of Naira have been damaged following a heavy rainstorm that accompanied the second rain of the year in Ado-Ekiti, blowing off rooftops of some buildings and destroying other valuable property.

The rain which started at about 8:00pm on Wednesday night, came with heavy breeze felling electric poles, trees and blowing off roofs of houses.

Areas affected are the Bank Road, New Iyin Road, NTA road and Bashiri, all in the state capital, while structures touched include those owned by federal government agencies, state government, a church and school.

The storm occurred shortly after rain began to fall and lasted for about an hour.

The wind blew off large portion of the roof top of  the Ekiti State office of the News Agency of Nigeria and a section of the state office of JAMB.

Also affected was the roof top of the newly renovated Ekiti State Pavilion, a section of the roof of the State House of Assembly as well as the roofs of the Seventh day Adventist Church and state- owned All Souls Secondary School.

However, places affected were heavily waterlogged, with staff using the early hours of Thursday to scoop water from the various offices.

Some of the staff of the affected offices who spoke to newsmen on the incident , among them, Mallam Tajudeen AbdulRaheem, and Daniel Olaiya said that only God knows what could have been the fate of regular occupants of government structures were they to  be residential buildings.

As of the time of filing these reports, some of the offices affected were seen making emergency efforts to put things back to order while some have started engaging carpenters to do repairs for the fear of another rain.

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