Rainstorm wreaks havoc in Odo-Oba, properties, goods worth millions of naira lost
Hundreds of houses and shops including blocks of classrooms in schools were destroyed yesterday (March 10, 2021) during a rainstorm at Obada in Ogo-Oluwa local government area of Oyo state.
The rainfall which started at about 5.30pm inflicted a lot of damages on the market community with many residents and shop owners lamenting their losses. Roofs were blown off, goods were extensively destroyed with the scene resembling that of a war-ravaged community.
A trader who gave his name simply as Morufu told ogbomosoinsightonline.com that all his stored produce were damaged by the rainstorm after the roof of his store was blown off, while appealing to the Oyo state government to come to their aid.
Morufu disclosed that many traders suffered unquantifiable losses from the natural disaster emphasizing, “Unless government lends financial and other forms of support, a lot of us will find it difficult to mobilize resources again to continue. I appeal to governments at different levels to come to our aid.”
Another resident who did not give his name also called on the Oyo State Emergency Management Agency (OYSEMA) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to respond quickly to the plight of the residents, traders and schools in Odo-Oba who were affected by the disaster so as to mitigate the effect.
He said, “OYSEMA and NEMA should visit the community to assess the situation, and consequently assist us with relief materials so as to help in rehabilitating the victims who run into hundreds. Almost all residents were affected one way or the other.”
He added, “Odo-Oba is an important trading community contributing immensely to the economy of Ogbomoso, Oyo state and Nigeria in general and as a result governments should not abandon us in this hour of need. I appeal to governments to assist us and quickly.”
Efforts to speak with Baale Obada, High Chief Oladosu Oyekunle Adedoyin were not successful as at the time of filing this report as his mobile line was unavailable.
One of his aides, Prince Olatundun Olakanmi however stated that the traditional ruler of the town has ordered that names of the victims be compiled and extent of damages suffered by individuals noted.