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26 July 2011

Flash Flood in Nigeria on Tuesday, 26 July, 2011 at 03:23 (03:23 AM) UTC.

The torrential rain in Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State which caused serious floods, has claimed the lives of two people with many injured and property worth several millions of naira destroyed. This has caused panic among residents of the local government area. At about six o clock in the evening on Thursday, July 21, one Mr. Kehinde Mustapha, a 60- year-old ram slaughter died in a severe flood that occurred on Ogbere-Igbaire bridge, opposite Labaika’s house in Oke-Agbo area of Ijebu Igbo in Ijebu North Local Government area of the state. It also recorded yet another causality in Ago-Iwoye area of the local government a few days before. Late Mustapha, on this fateful day was returning home after a visit to one of his children and on getting to Labaika area, there was a severe flood arising from the downpour, and in an effort to manoeuvre through a portion of the bridge where there was low level of water, luck ran against him when he was swept away by the flood with his motorbike. The eldest daughter of the deceased, Sakirat Mustapha, while explaining her last meeting with her father who visited her around 5:00 p.m. before the incident happened said, she did not know that her father wanted to see her for the last time when he insisted on seeing her that day.

According to an eye witness who craved anonymity, “that was how majority of people in that area risked passing through when it rained like this, but the deceased was just unlucky on this day.” Also, in Odoyangburin area of Olopomerin in Ago-Iwoye, a dilapidated storey building collapsed and fell on top of a bungalow beside it, leaving one dead and two others injured. The incident which occurred at about 3:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, claimed the live of a 10-year-old boy, Osiyomi Odubanwo and injured two other children of the same parents. While Miss Funmilayo Odubanwo, 14-year-old girl sustained leg injury, Damilare Odubanwo, 16, sustained back injury and the duo had since been rushed to the hospital for medical treatment. The mother of the victims who could not get herself while recounting her bitter experience, pleaded for government assistance as she claimed to be financially helpless.

Meanwhile, a similar downpour has also rendered residents of Molusi College Road, Oke-Sopin Adeboye Road, Odo-Setalu area, Odo-Paroba, as well as Atikori area homeless and destroyed property worth millions of naira. All together, more than 10 houses and wall fence were badly damaged within the local government area. The new Caretaker Chairman of the council, Mr Kunle Ogunlana, while going round to see the level of havoc, commiserated with the affected victims and families, prayed that God would give them the fortitude to bear the loss and avert such occurrence in future. He then warned owners of dilapidated buildings and those in the habit of dumping refuse on the drainage to desist from this habit as government would no longer fold its arms and allow lives and property of the people wasted unnecessarily. The local government boss, according to the Dirdector of Information, Prince Tola Oshunlaja, further stressed that the blockade of the drainage by refuse was the major bane behind the flood and promised that his administration would confront this headlong, while warning the people to stop the habit of dumping refuse on the water ways so, as to make it easy for free flow of water whenever it rained.

- RSOE