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70 houses destroyed as rainstorm wreaks havoc in Kwara communities

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No fewer than 70 houses have been touched by a late-night rainstorm in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The incident which happened on Wednesday affected communities located in Obbo-Aiyegunle and Obbo-Ile of the area.

Several residential buildings, churches, mosques, telecommunication masts and electric poles were also destroyed, leaving the communities in total blackout.

NAN also reports that the roofs of the affected buildings were blown off following the impact of the storm as carpenters were hired to remove the roofing sheets.

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No casualty was recorded during the rainstorm that lasted over an hour in the two communities.

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A NAN correspondent, who monitored the situation in the affected communities on Thursday, reports that some of the affected residents were seen salvaging their belongings.

Abolarin Ganiyu, member representing Ekiti Constituency in the state House of Assembly, during an on-the-spot assessment visit to the communities described the development as very unfortunate.

The lawmaker was accompanied by the traditional rulers of Obbo-Ile, Oba Adebayo Olusegun, and that of Obbo-Aiyegunle, Oba Adelodun Samuel.

Mr Ganiyu expressed grief of the Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and the Speaker of the assembly, Yakubu Danladi, over the unfortunate occurrence.

He assured the affected residents of Kwara State Government support towards bringing succour as a result of the rainstorm.

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A community leader in one of the comunities, High Chief Olowa Alasi, said the destruction was beyond human knowledge and imagination.

“The rain started around 9 p.m. It was very stormy, it destroyed over 30 houses in Obbo-Ile. Most of our properties have been destroyed.

“This is beyond our capacity, we thank God no life was lost, but the damage is too much,” he said.

A victim, Felicia Fatigun at Obbo-Aiyegunle, described the situation as terrible and devastating.

“The rain started and what we heard was a big storm.

“Our properties were destroyed. We lost many things here. I was inside the house but nobody died,” she said.

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