Abeokuta Flood Victims Count Their Losses
15 days after flood disaster ravaged many parts of Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, victims of the disaster are still counting their losses.
Bounce news went around the affected areas in the city, notably Ijeun Titun, Gbangba, Oke Sokori and other flood prone areas.
At Ijeun Titun and Gbangba, the community currently looks dejected and isolated because of residence who refused to return to the area after the devastated disaster where they lost valuables.
Four persons including an aged woman of about 80 years and a pregnant woman are still missing at Ijeun-Titun, which was one of the areas seriously affected by the flood.
The aged woman, according to family member who spoke to Bounce News, was playing outside when the rain started.
She alongside the pregnant woman and the two young boys that lost their lives during the flood ran for refuge inside a makeshift shop which was later carried away by the flood.
Muftau Ogunleye a civil servant with Ogun State Property Investment Corporation (OPIC) and father of the two kids age 12 and seven-year-old, said the two kids also ran inside the makeshift shop before the flood carried the container.
Also speaking, one of the victims in the area, Kazeem Sodipo who operates a football viewing centre, recounts what happened on the faithful day.
He said the rain started around 4 in the evening but they were surprised to notice that the downpour became something that carted away his valuables.
He said his investment estimated over N500, 000 was destroyed by the flood, and the building was seriously damaged.
He says himself and other affected shop owners at the Ijeun-Titun area whose investment had been washed away by the flood are still depending on state government for financial assistance after enumeration of their losses had been carried out by the state and local government’s officials on July 16.
Also, a pepper trader, Mrs. Sulaimon, whose goods worth of N20,000 were destroyed, appealed for the state government assistance, saying she now depends on relatives and friends for soft loan to remain in her petty business.
For Obadimu Adeyemi whose properties were washed away by the flood, he now sleeps anywhere the dark of night meets him, most especially friends place.
A musician, Tunde Oduyemi whose musical instruments, as well as mother’s property and brother’s valuable documents including certificates were destroyed by the flood, asked the state government to carry out its plan to demolish houses built on water way.
For pa Odutayo at Oke Sokori, the house he inherited from his parents in the late 30’s was destroyed by the rain.
Alhaji Sefiu Adeagbo who is the chairman of butchers at Oja Gbangba told Bounce News that ten cows and six cars were swept away from their abattoir.
He said one of the car which belong to him has been sold for N150,000 because its not working again.
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