Ondo residents seek help as rainstorm destroys buildings

Residents of the Ilara Mokin community, in the Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, on Monday, urged the state government to help them following the destruction of their property by a rainstorm.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the rainstorm in the community last Friday destroyed property worth millions of naira.

A resident, who gave his name simply as Wale, said the roofs of many houses and shops were blown off by the rainstorm, adding that scores of residents in the community were rendered homeless.

Noting that his house was also affected, Wale said, he and members of his household had been experiencing accommodation problems as he urged the governments to come to the aid of people in the community.

 He said, “We have been having accommodation problem; my family has been staying with our neighbours and some of our property were scattered after the incident.

 “I am calling on the federal and state emergency management agencies to come to our aides. We have lost some of our property to the rainstorm. The government should help us.”

Another victim, Ayodeji Ajayi, who deals in the engine oil business, said the shop that he built last year was pulled down by the rainstorm.

Reacting, the Alara of the Ilara Mokin community, Oba Abiodun Adefehinti, expressed shock over the incident and urged the government and other well-meaning individuals to come to the aid of the affected residents.

He said, “We know that there is a paucity of funds and prices are on the high side but notwithstanding we have to make a point of call to the government that we need assistance.

“Many houses were affected and the number of people who slept outside is too many. Some of them have taken time to repair those that were not damaged. We know the government has a lot of things to do, however, we are appealing to them that we need their assistance.”

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