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Rainstorm Causes Havoc in Ekiti Communities, Displaces Residents

A heavy rainstorm has caused significant damage to the communities of Omu and Ijelu Ekiti, located in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State. The storm resulted in the destruction of building roofs, walls, and the displacement of around 100 residents.

Among the affected structures were churches, schools, and residential buildings, including the Palace of the Elejelu of Ijelu Ekiti, Oba Isaac Ajayi Adetoyinbo.

Governor Biodun Oyebanji expressed his condolences for the destruction caused by the stormy rains and assured the affected communities of the state government’s support. The Deputy Governor, Mrs. Monisade Afuye, represented Oyebanji during an inspection of the damaged structures.

Afuye expressed her relief that no fatalities or severe injuries were reported during the storm and emphasized the importance of adhering to the state’s tree planting policy to mitigate the impact of future storms.

The Deputy Governor advised residents to conduct palliative repairs on their dilapidated buildings and encouraged traditional rulers to promote precautionary measures in community meetings.

Ekiti State House of Assembly member and representative of Oye Constituency II, Idowu Odebunmi, urged the victims not to lose hope, assuring them of the governor’s commitment to assisting them during this difficult time.

According to Odebunmi, more than 30 buildings in the two cities were affected, leaving dozens of people homeless. The Owajumu of Omu-Ekiti, Oba Adeyeye Ogundeyi, reported that a total of 22 houses in his domain were affected, with some losing their roofs and having their walls destroyed during the stormy rain.

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