Ondo Flood Victims Cry For Help
A few days after the ravaging flood that submerged Ikare-Akoko and destroyed property worth millions of naira, victims of the disaster are still in despair.
The flood waters were formed after heavy rainfall which lasted for several hours.
The incident wrecked havoc on some streets of the town including: Ilepa, Jubilee, Ese, Okorun, Semusemu, Okoja and Iku.
According to sources, scores of vehicles, motorcycles, shops and other valuables were submerged by flood water. Fortunately, no life was lost.
One of the victims, Kareem Oladapo, an okada rider said his source of livelihood was swept away.
"My area was the worst hit. As I'm talking to you right now, I have lost my motorcycle to the incident and that is the only means of fending for my family.
"We have been expecting the state government to come and visit our community and probably, raise our hopes of being compensated but till now, nothing has happened."
Another victim, Tunrayo Alaba, a provision trader said she lost everything in her shop.
"Everything in my shop floated on the flood. There was nothing I could do. Even my husband attempted to recover some things but when he realized the flood was deep, he had to retrieve his step. Everybody here is counting his or her loss to the flood.
"We are calling on the state government to come to our aid. The loss was too much to bear. Take for example, I just re-stocked my shop two days before the incident. Where do I start from now?" She lamented.
One of the community leaders said: "Almost all the roads in town were submerged, there was no major road to pass. There is a need for the government to intervene in this matter."
The incident was however attributed to blocked drains in the town which did not allow free flow of flood water.
Responding to the call for help, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Yemi Olowolabi said the government would take action on the matter.
“Definitely the government will act on the development. Ikare Akoko is one of the major towns in the state and such incident should not happen without any action from the government.
"This government has been doing everything possible to repair and reconstruct our roads. The issue of flooding will soon be a thing of the past." He said.
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