No fewer that three peoples have reportedly death as result of heavy rainfall accompanied with wind on late hours of Saturday in Ilorin, Kwara state.
The rain which started about some minutes after 10pm in the night damaged many residential buildings, shops, public schools as well as electricity poles and rendered thousands homeless.
While one life was said to have been lost during the heavy rain, two persons whose corpses were yet to be recovered were reportedly washed away at Taiwo- Isale and Oko- Erin bridge in Ilorin metropolis.
A source at the State Fire Service which pleaded anonymity confirmed that two persons were swept away by flood.
Mostly affected areas are Okekere, Oju Ekun, Okelele, Alagbado, Ayegbami- Dada, Dada community, Harmony Estate area, Akerebiata, Sango, Gambari and Oloje.
It was gathered that rooftops of many houses in all the affected areas were destroyed, while many victims of the destruction have been rendered homeless, especially in such areas as Gaa Akanbi, Murtala Mohammed way, Ibrahim Taiwo road and Agbabiaka
In a swift response, the state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has commiserated with the victims of the devastating windstorm.
“The Governor is saddened by the havoc wreaked on various households in Ilorin, the state capital, and indeed elsewhere across the state by the heavy rain storm. He sends his heartfelt commiseration and a message of hope to such families in this trying time,” the governor’s chief press secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye said in a statement.
“As part of his proactive measures to mitigate the effect of this natural disaster which had been predicted by the NIMET, the governor had last week visited various Federal Government agencies including the NEMA to seek special relief for Kwara. The state government is again urging the Federal Government to urgently consider Kwara State for special support.
“The governor, for his part, is immediately setting up a special disaster response team to collate data of areas affected and determine how the state government can offer support based on available resources. That response team will be announced shortly .
“The Governor is also aware of the damage to electric poles during the storm. He has directed relevant agencies to quickly fix the poles as soon as possible to avoid further damage and ensure the restoration of power services”, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association( IEYDA) has called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the federal and state government to quickly come to the aid of the victims of the windstorm.