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Family Of 3 Perishes, Many Others Die As Flood Wrecks Havoc In Abeokuta

It was devastating stories across Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital as a late Friday downpour which resulted in massive flood wrecked havoc across the ancient city.
The rain which started drizzling few minutes after 4pm became very heavy an hour later sacking the whole city.
While no fewer than eleven person were reportedly killed across several areas of the state capital, properties worth millions of Naira were destroyed by the flat flood.
Areas affected included Ijaye, Kuto, Kobiti, Ilawo, Toronto, Amolaso, Lafenwa, Oke Lantoro, amongst others.
In Ilawo, Adedotun, in Abeokuta North Local Government area of the state, a mother and two of his children were killed in the flood which ravaged their makeshift container shop.
The woman identified as Alira Akintobi, a food vendor, Sunday Independent gathered, was in her shop beside a waterway when the rain started.
The woman who was wrapping a baby Shuaib Akintobi, on her back had another elder brother of Shuaib, Abideen Akintobi in the same shop.
It was further gathered that when they observed the flood coming into the shop was unbearable, they attempted escaping from the shop to a nearby house of Alira’s mother but we’re trapped just outside the shop.
While Alira was said to have been injured and rescued to a nearby hospital, the baby on her back was swept away by the flood while the other died immediately.
The dead body of the one swept away was later found at the nearby waterway while the mother gave up the ghost in the earlier hours of Saturday.
The three corpses were later buried while Alira’s mother popularly called Iya borehole was seen in front of the house weeping uncontrollably.
Several houses around the river banks of Ogun River around Totoro were submerged while no fewer than six cars were swept inside the river.
At the Isale Igbein government house, two vehicles, swept away from the road, including a truck, were also sighted beside the second entrance to the house.
Several houses were also submerged in Amolaso area of the city while a bridge constructed recently had also caved in with security operatives condorning off the area.
No fewer than five story buildings surrounding the bridge were also submerged while owners and tenants were seen salvaging their belongings.
Many others were seen moving out of their apartments in droves.
The Archdiocesan Headquarters of the Celestial Church of Christ at Ijaye area was also hit severally.
About a dozen vehicles were submerged along with worship and musical equipments.
The newly constructed Divisional Headquarter of Nigeria Police in Lafenwa area of the capital city was also affected as the gate house and part of the perimeter fence were also pulled down.
INDEPENDENT who visited the general hospital in the state capital observed that no fewer than eight recovered bodies have been deposited, as at the time of filling this report, at the morgue.
Family, friends and sympathisers were seen thronging the hospital to ascertain the identity of the bodies as several people were said to have went missing since the hovoc was wrecked.
Speaking with Sunday Independent, the Chairman, Nigerian Red Cross Society, Ogun State, Prince Joseph Obalanlege, described the situation as very devastating.
Obalanlege said the organization would begin a sensitisation exercise on the need for them government to do more on town planning and the citizens on culture of refuse dump.
He said, “Very diverstating, so many lives have been lost, we are rushing down to Ijaye general hospital because we have a report that about eight bodies have been deposited at the mortuary from different areas.
“We are going to create awareness, appealing to the government, the Ogun State government is trying but still, many more have to be done, the community has to be sensitised on dumping their refuse and have to appeal to the town planning authority, there are some houses that are too close to the canals here and that is why we have so many people affected.”
Narrating her ordeal to INDEPENDENT correspondent, a shop owner at Amolaso, Somuyiwa Faidat, who lost her shop and warehouse to the flood said goods worth over N5million were swept away.
Somuyiwa who said she had suffered similar incidents about three times in the past, that her warehouse, which was stocked with a trailer load of soft drinks three days ago, was also pulled down by the flood.

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