Some residents of Ilorin the Kwara State capital are counting their losses as property worth millions of Naira were lost to flood caused by the heavy downpour on Thursday (September 6th) night in parts of the Ilorin metropolis, Kwara state.

Residents of the affected areas, who spoke with Bounce News said that the effect of the flood was more pronounced due to narrow drainage, which they said quickly filled up by the downpour, thus flooding the affected homes and shops.

Meanwhile, the rain, which started at about 8:00pm, poured intermittently till the early hours of Friday morning.

It was gathered that the flood swept many vehicles, several metres away from where they were parked in some areas.

It was also gathered that chillers used in refrigerating drinks by soft drink shop owners, were destroyed by the rain that entered their shops.

However, among the affected victims of the flood were concrete block makers and traders who had outlets along the roads, selling such items as bagged food items, tailoring materials and household items, among other wares.

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Some of the affected areas include Harmony Estate, Akerebiata, Gerin Alimi, Isale Koko, and Kulende among other parts of the metropolis.

Meanwhile, the Kwara state government has advised residents of the state living along banks of River Niger to immediately relocate to safer areas to avoid loss of lives and property that could result from impending flooding.

The State Commissioner for Environment and Forestry, Mr Amos Sayo Justus, who gave the piece of advice on Friday, said the directive followed the alert of looming flooding issued by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NiHSA).

He, therefore, called on residents of riverine communities in Lafiagi, Patigi, Jebba and other flood-prone areas in the state to immediately relocate to avoid casualties.   

The commissioner assured that his ministry would ensure strict compliance, and also urged residents of the state to shun indiscriminate dumping of refuse in water ways.


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