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Rainstorm Kills One, Renders Over 400 Homeless In Ondo State

For residents of Akure, the Ondo State capital, it was tears of agony when rainstorm, Thursday wrecked havoc in the town, killing one person.

The rainstorm also left mark of ruins as about 400 people were rendered homeless during the rainfall accompanied by heavy storms.

Also, six persons were critically injured in the storm that wrecked havoc in Olu foam, Omoniyi Estate and Igoba areas of the State capital.

The deceased, Faith Utobo, according to his father, Mr Daniel Utobo went to church for evening service when the rain started.

Utobo, a retired civil servant said his son died as a result of the injury sustained when the church building collapsed during the rainstorm.

Apart from the death, several houses were destroyed rendering several people homelessness in the rainstorm that lasted less than 30 minutes.

Also, several electric poles were also destroyed leaving the community in total blackout.

What worsened the situation was that the roofs of some buildings were totally blown off and destroyed other buildings not affected by the storm.

After the devastating rain in the community, affected residents were seen removing blown off roofs from the streets.

Several carpenters were hired to remove roofs that fell on other buildings.

Some residents were seen with their property outside their houses.

A community leader, Mr. Ayeni Abayomi said :-

“What happened yesterday was beyond human knowledge and imagination. It started around 6pm. It was very terrible. It destroyed over 80 houses. Most of our property have been destroyed. This is beyond our capacity. ”

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