Flood renders many homeless in Ibadan

Flood renders many homeless in Ibadan
Flood renders many homeless in Ibadan

Hundreds of residents in Ibadan , Oyo State capital have suffered losses following a torrential rainfall that flooded more than 30 homes on Sunday.

Many residents , it was gathered have started relocating from Ososami , Oke – Ado and Aresa areas of Ibadan , where the water level was reportedly high . Some of the victims have been rendered homeless as they claimed they have no other means to secure new apartments .

Also , property worth several millions of naira went down in the raging flood streaming from the Ogunpa river, which channels were visibly blocked by sewage . The downpour , which started at about 4: 30 p . m . on Sunday , lasted for about four hours, leaving many areas flooded .

A two- storey building and a church , Christ Apostolic Church , at Omigade street, Osasami , Ibadan in Ibadan South West Local Government Area, were damaged as the rain pulled down a stretch of the buildings ’ fence .

When newsmen visited some of the affected areas , many people were found outside with their property , trying to savaged some like foams , chairs , carpets and clothes among others.

A resident , Mr . Abdulkareem Subair, who also suffered losses in the flood, said : “I was inside my room when the rain started at about 4: 30 p . m . After some time , one of my sons called out , saying there was water covering everywhere. That was when we came out and found out that we have been trapped by flood inside the house .

“The entire area has been covered by water . We started scooping water and trying to free the drainage around to pave way for the water . It was a terrible experience. As I am talking to you, we don’t know where to sleep today as another rain is about to fall again ,” he narrated.

Another victim , Mr . Aminu Momoh , who blamed the flooding on indiscriminate dumping of refuse on waterways and buildings nears water channels thanked God that no lives were lost in the flood.

According to him , the story would have been different if it had happened in the night.

Momoh, who was busy packing out his flooded household goods for washing and drying , narrated how a fence fell in the building , and how the entire ground floor was flooded by water , saying the whole building would have been covered and lives lost if people had gone to bed .

A Christ Apostolic Church building at Ososami was completely flooded . The members were said to be full of gratitude to God that it was not during service when the incident occurred.

As at the time of filling this report , another flooding has occurred in Ibadan following yesterday ’s downpour . The areas affected are Oke -Ado , Liberty Road , Ososami and Oke – Ayo areas of Ibadan .


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