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Residents of Ibadan rendered homeless by flood


Residents of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, experienced another frightening flooding yesterday, after a downpour which rendered scores homeless.

Though no fatality was recorded, the flooding that was occasioned by a four-hour rain also destroyed some property.

Three weeks ago, the city recorded flooding which equally destroyed some properties. Areas affected by yesterday’s flooding included Apata, Gbekuba, Odo-Ona, Akala Way and Arapaja.

The South-West Coordinator of National Emergency Management Authority, NEMA, Yakubu Suleyman, who reacted on the incident said what is happening in Ibadan cannot be compared with the situation in Lagos:

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” The Ibadan office has not notified me, which means that the situation is not out of hand there.”

“The state government is doing its best but people do not obey planning rule.”

Secretary of Oyo State Emergency Management Authority, OYSEMA, Akin Makinde, confirmed cases of flooding in Akala area of Orita and some other areas.

“There are no casualties, but we are still inspecting the areas. The problem is people built houses on waterways.

“Government is dredging the rivers, but our people must help themselves by not dumping refuse in drainage.”

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