About 80 houses were destroyed in Ariyo Community in Ona-Ara and Oluyole Local Government Areas of Oyo State after heavy rains on Sunday afternoon.
No life was lost but property worth millions of naira were destroyed in the rainstorm that blew off roofs and destroyed vehicles.
The rain which that started at about 4:30pm lasted two hours. It led to traffic gridlock which got commuters stranded on the way.
A lot of motorists abandoned their vehicles on the road, either as a result of mechanical faults or out of fear of being washed away by the flood.
While counting their losses, Mr Akin Ojebode stated that property worth millions of naira were destroyed while scores of residents were left homeless.
Residents of the area are still counting their loses but are grateful that they did not lose their lives to the disaster.
A nursing mother told Newspeakonline that the flood completely took over their house. Many living in bungalows had to take refuge in storey buildings around.
Poor drainage and indiscriminate dumping of refuse have been blamed for the disaster.
The Caretaker Chairman of Ona-Ara Local Government, Mr Sina Adeagbo, who visited the community regretted that apart from the heavy downpour, the people’s attitude to their environment was largely responsible for the flooding.
“The water on the Ariyo bridge was coming Onigbese river. We have been warning our people not to dump refuse inside the river and should not construct structures along the river path but they would not listen. They will say it’s for our own political gain.“The residents are constructing structures beside the river channel. Many building, vehicles, and other properties were destroyed. We just thank God that no life was lost. We shall dredge the rivers again to allow free flow of the water during the rain” he said
He however stated that he had informed the state government and that relief would soon come to the area.
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