Flood Ravages Osun Community, Sacks 100 Residents from Homes

A heavy downpour Tuesday evening has caused flooding which sacked some residents from their homes in a community in Osun state, south-west Nigeria.

Over 100 residents of Ifedapo community, palace road in Ofatedo, Egbedore Local Government area were ejected from their homes as a result of the flood which killed livestock, washed farms away and destroyed property worth millions in the community.

Some courageous men saved several children from drowning, while some other people also struggled to retrieve their important documents, particularly certificates as the flood wreaked havoc.

Mr. Adedayo Kolawole, one of the residents of the area whose house was affected, attributed the flooding to lack of drainage in the Aje market, an international market owned by the state government.

He urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the State Emergency Management Agency to come to their rescue.

“This area is prone to flooding because of lack of drainage around the Aje International market owned by the state government. We complained to the state government but nothing was done.

“The damage it caused in the community was so much. It’s 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,” he said.

This comes as several communities in the north-west have been ravaged by floods following heavy rains this year, increasing the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country.

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