More than 69 houses have been destroyed by a rainstorm in Ekiti yesterday.
Speaking with newsmen, The General Manager of the Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Buruji Olajide, noted that Ado Ekiti, Are Ekiti, Afao and Igbemo, in Irepodun / Ifelodun Local Government of the state affected and other towns including Isan Ekiti and Iludun in Oye Local Government were also hit by the heavy rainstorm.
“We have visited some of the affected communities to assess the level of damages and we have been able to establish that more than 69 houses were affected, we thank God that no casualty was recorded, but we are still compiling our report, when it is ready, we shall state the total number of the victims. “ He said.
Meanwhile, the Alare of Are Ekiti, Oba Boluade Adebiyi, bemoaned the devastating rainstorm stating that it affected his palace and Anisulowo compound at Inisa in Odo ode idemorun, ileko and over thirty other buildings.
”As you can see, part of the palace roof has been blown off, but that is not my immediate problem now. My concern now is how to take care of my people that have become homeless due to this natural disaster,” he told Daily Post in his palace on Tuesday.
Oba Adebiyi noted that relevant state and federal authorities had been contacted to come to the aid of the community, while also appealing to the indigenes in diaspora to render assistance to the victims.
The traditional ruler urged the federal and state governments to the aid of the community.
He further revealed that the victims are yet to get relief materials, just as he was optimistic that both the Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency and its Federal counterpart that jointly visited the community will do something very soon.
One of the victims of the rainstorm, Mr Kayode Anisulowo at Odo Ode Street lamented that the rainstorm blew off the roof of his family house, rendering the entire household homeless.