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- Many residents of Ganmo, Gaa Saka, Alore Guniyan, Agbooba, Adewole, Kuntu, Magaji Ogidi compound and Okelele in Ilorin, Kwara state, have been rendered homeless due to a rainstorm

- The downpour reportedly lasted for three hours on Saturday, March 17

- Some of the victims were forced to take refuge in mosques, while some had to live with neighbours

Hundreds of residents in various parts of llorin, the Kwara capital, have been rendered homeless by rainstorm, following downpour which lasted for over three hours on Saturday, March 17.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the affected houses, which had their roofs blown off by the storm, were in densely populated areas of the township.

NAN observed that several belongings of the victims including clothing, food items, electrical gadgets and other valuables littered the ground in the affected areas.

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Some of the affected areas in llorin and its environs were Ganmo, Gaa Saka, Alore Guniyan, Agbooba, Adewole, Kuntu, Magaji Ogidi compound and Okelele among others.

One of the victims, Alhaji Oba Aremu, who resides at Magaji Ogidi compound, Ojuekun area of llorin told newsmen that his residence was completely damaged by the storm.

Aremu explained that he and his 15 family members were currently taking refuge in a small place given to them by the Magaji Ogidi, Alhaji Salihu Amosa-Ajape.

Another victim, Alhaji Asinmi Aliyu, who is a landlord of a six bedroom flat at Agbooba in llorin, said that he was yet to quantify things damaged by the rainstorm in his house.

In their separate reactions, some of the victims appealed to both the state and local governments to come to their aid and give them necessary support.

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Most of the affected areas are still in total blackout following damages to electric poles and cables.

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed on Media and Communications, Dr Muideen Akorede, while reacting on the development on Sunday said the state government symphatised with the victims over the incident.

Akorede assured the victims that appropriate agencies of the government would embark on inspection of all the affected areas with a view to support the victims. Some of the affected residents were now taking refuge in mosques and some with neighbours.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the director-general, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Yunusa Maihaja, had urged state governments and stakeholders to prepare for eminent flooding following signals from the Niger Republic.

Maihaja made the call on Wednesday, September 13, in Abuja during a flood coordination meeting with government agencies, United Nations agencies and relevant stakeholders.

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Source: Naija.ng

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