Ekiti Nigeria – No fewer than five hundred (500) houses were destroyed by rainstorms in Ise- Ekiti and Orun- Ekiti communities after a heavy rainfall on Thursday.
The heavy downpour left many residents homeless in the communities, even shops, bakeries and football viewing centres’ building roofing were completely blown off by the storm.
Some of the significant buildings affected are Ansar-ul-Deen Central Mosque, Ise- Ekiti’s Saint Stephen’s Primary School and part of the Palace of the traditional ruler of Orun-Ekiti – Oba Zaccheus Adewumi.
The locals who were counting their loses shared with Daily Independent after the devastating whirlwind that blew off rooftops accompanied that the heavy downpour which lasted for about one hour and also destroyed some farmlands.
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The Chairman, Ise -Orun Local Government, Hon Ayo Akinluyi who led the Chairman, Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Captain Sunday Adebomi and officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on-the-spot assessment of the affected areas described the damage as massive.
The NEMA team was led by the Director of Operations, Mr Abdulkadir Olanrewaju.
Expressing sadness over the incident, the Arinjale of Ise-Ekiti, Oba Ayodele Ajayi lamented that he had never witnessed such magnitude of disaster since he ascended the throne of his forefathers.
Oba Ajayi, therefore, enjoined the disaster management officials to assist the two communities by presenting their case to the appropriate authorities.
The monarch also promised to seek assistance from some well-to-do sons and daughters of the town in providing temporary support for the victims.