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Flood renders many homeless in llorin

An all night rainfall on Monday night has rendered over 1,000 residents of Odota area in llorin, the Kwara State capital, homeless.

The News Agency of Nigeria  reports that the rainfall started at about 11:00 p.m on Monday and lasted until 1:00 a.m on Tuesday.

However, when NAN visited the affected areas on Tuesday, some of the victims, including traders were salvaging their damaged belongings from the flood.

Several of them including children and the aged have moved to houses of neighbours who were not seriously affected.

Some of the items damaged by the flood included clothing, furniture, household utensils, electronics and other assorted materials.

The Chairman of the Landlords Association in the affected areas, Alhaji Yahaya Olowo-Beki, who spoke with NAN attributed the flood to lack of drainage after the completion of the Geri Alimi underpass.

He said, “The flooding has become a constant occurrence in the area since the completion of the underpass.”

Olowo-Beki appealed to the Kwara State government to provide drainage on the sides of the underpass to curb the constant flooding in the area.

Alhaji Al-Amin Amasa, the permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Environment, while reacting to the incident, attributed the flooding to lack of proper layout in the affected areas.

He said the flooding was not as a result of the construction of the underpass but as a result of the failure of the affected residents to create water pathways while building their houses.


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