Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Rainstorm Renders Residents Homeless in Ibadan

Ibadan — The first major rainfall in the year in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Sunday night brought alongside with it devastating storm at the end of which hundreds of buildings suffered varied degrees of wreckage with many having their roofs blown off, thus leaving several residents with tales of woes to tell.

The downpour started at about 11 p.m. on Sunday and lasted till the early hours of Monday and victims could be seen making hectic moves to seek refuge within the households of lucky neighbours.

Mostly hit areas include Olunloyo, Olorunsogo, Ogbere, Akanran and Amuloko, all in Ona Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State where many building roofs were removed, filling stations destroyed while the devastation did not leave out shops, stalls and worship centres.

Electricity poles were uprooted in some of the localities, a development which apparently compelled the authorities of the PHCN to hurriedly cut off power supplies to several parts of the state capital.

Similarly, many dispensing machines in the petroleum filling stations at the Toll Gate area of Ibadan were uprooted and damaged, just like the roofs while some large billboards were felled by the storm. At least five filling stations were badly damaged at Ire-Akari area along Olomi Academy.

Eye witness accounts revealed that other areas affected included Felele, Basorun, Muslim, Soka, Fodasis, Ring Road, Baba Nla, Challenge and Molete.

Officials of the PHCN were sighted in some of these areas early on Monday trying to effect the needed urgent repairs of the fallen wires and poles that blocked the roads.

Ironically, it was a harvest day for many carpenters and building materials sellers in the metropolis as they were cornering fast contracts of repair for many of the residents, who were fearful of another rain, should they delay in the repair process.

Reacting to the rainstorm, the PHCN Zonal Public Relations Officer, Ibadan Division, Mr Jide Oyenuga, said that the company was aware of the destruction which the rainstorm had caused many residents of Ibadan.

He said: "Our men have swung into action and repairs are already being carried out. Power has been restored around Ring Road as at 10 this morning. Many of the blown off roofs fell on NEPA poles and wires. We are gradually sorting them out. But we are appealing to our customers to please bear with us while we carry out the repairs".

But the PHCN official was not categorical on how soon the power would be restored in the affected areas. He simply remarked that the business managers in Dugbe and Molete had sent officials out to effect the repairs.

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