Hundreds of Ikole Ekiti residents have been rendered homeless, following the heavy downpour on Friday evening, which lasted for two hours and caused the destruction of over 105 buildings, according to reports
Images made available to Pharmanewsonline depicted the destruction of certain electrical facilities in the town, leading to a complete loss of power for the citizens.
Upon visiting the stricken region on Saturday, Governor Biodun Oyebanji expressed his condolence to the inhabitants and promised them that the state would provide assistance to those who had been hurt.
At an on-site evaluation of the destruction caused to the town, Chief (Mrs) Monisade Afuye, who represented Oyebanji, lamented the havoc wrecked by the natural phenomenon.
Her Royal Highness Ogunbiyi Tinuade Adebayo, the Regent of the town, Hon. Adeoye Aribasoye, the lawmaker representing Ikole Constituency 2, and Hon. Michael Ogungbemi, the Chairman of Ajoni Local Council Development Area, accompanied the Deputy Governor as he toured the affected areas.
In a statement by the Special Assistant Media to the Deputy Governor, Victor Ogunje, the Governor expressed delight that no life was lost during the stormy rainfall.
“On behalf of his Excellency, Governor Biodun Oyebanji, I sympathise with you on the destruction caused by rainstorm to many residential buildings and electricity poles in this town, which we believe must have affected the wellbeing of the victims.
“Information at our disposal and on- the- spot assessment revealed that roofs of scores of residential buildings and electricity facilities were destroyed during the stormy rainfall, thereby rendering many homeless and helpless.
“We sympathise with the victims at these trying times and plead for calmness, in the sense that natural disaster of this nature is one occurrence that is difficult to control. But with personal precautions and right efforts, its effects can be minimised,” he said.