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Rains storm destroys 50 houses in Omu-Aran

By Quadri Olokoba

No fewer than 50 houses had their roofs blown off following a torrential rainstorm in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

The rainfall, which first started on a peaceful note around 7 p.m., lasted for about three hours later accompanied by heavy storm, destroying roof tops, uprooting tree branches and damaging electricity poles and cables in the process.

Some of the houses affected are those located along Taiwo Road, Agan-Oru market and Okore Ile-Nla areas in the town.

It was reported that two elderly persons were said to have been injured by falling roofing sheets and planks during the rainfall and were immediately rushed to a nearby private hospital for medical treatment.

It was also gathered that some of the victims were seen salvaging their property from the affected houses after the storm.

Other victims had already hired the services of carpenters to remove the damaged roofing sheets and planks in readiness for proper renovation.

Some of the buildings also had their walls cracked or pulled down following the impact of the storm.

Reacting to the incident, the Business Manager, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Omu-Aran business hub, Mr. Abiodun Ogun, said his men had swung into action in order to repair the affected poles and cables.

“My men from the Fault Detection and Repair Section are already on the field and it is hoped that electricity supply will be restored very soon.

“We are therefore appealing to our teeming customers for their understanding in this circumstance'', he said.

The Chairman of Irepodun Local Government Area, Mr. Muyiwa Oladipo, during an on-the-spot assessment of the development, thanked God that no life was lost during the incident.

He commiserated with victims and promised to contact the relevant state government agencies for possible assistance.

Rains storm destroys 50 houses in Omu-Aran Reviewed by nationalmoonlight on April 17, 2019 Rating: 5

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