No fewer than five hundred houses have been destroyed by rainstorm in Owo Town in Ondo State.
The incident, which occurred on Monday evening, left many of the victims in total shock
Some of the areas affected by the rainstorm are Oke-Ogun, Ehinogbe, Uka, Aruwajoye, Idanakin and Fajuyi.
While some of the houses were partially affected, many had their roofs blown off.
Some vehicles were also trapped under the trees affected by the rainstorm
Even electricity poles were not spared. This has since thrown the entire community into total darkness
Mostly affected were houses belonging to aged people who solely depend on charity to survive
The victims are counting their loses which have left many devastated.
Also affected was one of the oldest schools in the town, Imade College. The General Hospital, Owo Stadium, Methodist High School, St. Catherine Anglican Girls Grammar School, and Methodist Church were also affected.
Commercial activities were also affected on major streets like Oke-Ogun, Iloro, Ehin-Ogbe, Uka as the roofs of many shops in the area were blown away by the rainstorm.
While inspecting the affected areas, the Commissioner for Special Duties in the state, Niran Sule-Akinsuyi, lamented the extent of damage caused by the storm.
He called on relevant authorities and agencies of government to come to the aid of the affected people as many of them had been rendered homeless.
The member representing Owo constituency 1 in the State House of Assembly, Ayo Arowele, noted that many of the people no longer had shelter.
He appealed to the Federal Government, National Emergency Management Authority, the state government, and other concerned bodies to assist the people in their quest to rebuild the destroyed houses and shops.
The Bishop of Owo Diocese of Methodist Church of Owo, Solomon Adegbite, also appealed to the state and federal governments to come to the aid of the people.
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