While the raining season is still in its budding phase, some residents of Akure in Ondo State have already had enough.

After two nights of downpour, which ought to have ordinarily eased the effect of the scorching weather on people and their farmlands, they already seem to be counting their losses.

Just on Thursday night, the Mother and Child Hospital, Akure and some houses in the state capital were visited by raging storm that lasted all night.

Some of the patients, especially the expectant mothers at the hospital had to run for their lives to avoid the smashing roof sheets caused by the storm.

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Sunday Akinloye, an expectant father whose wife was admitted for delivery on Thursday, narrates his ordeal.

"My wife had been in labour since yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. The nurses attending to her said she can't go back home because the baby is already due for delivery.

"So, I had to make myself available in case they need anything.

"When the rainstorm started, we thought it was a normal one until the roof of the building we were started flying off one by one. We had to run to another building within the hospital to take cover."

Mrs. Mary Akiloye whose child was admitted for an infection said she could not wait till day break before she left the hospital for their house at Ijoka, Akure.

"When I saw what happened and how everybody was running helter-skelter, I had to call my husband who drove in around 4:30am to pick us.

"I have decided to be bringing my child from home for the remaining treatment", she said.


In the same vein, some of the residential houses across the city were not spared from the wrath of the storm.

Michael Ibikunle lamented how the storm destroyed his properties worth millions of naira.

"I was at my station in Owo when my wife called to inform me what happened. I had to rush down to Akure and see for myself. Right now, I don't know where to start from. I have lost almost everything I had worked for."

Another victim, Bisi Akisola said all he needs now is the assistance of the state government.

"Presently I have moved my wife and children to my brother's house. I don't even know where to start from. All I need is the intervention of our governor to come to our rescue. The havoc is too much to bear." He lamented.

While visiting the Mother and Child Hospital, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu expressed concern about the incident and directed the officials of the Ondo State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to fix all buildings affected at the hospital.

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