|Flooded house.Photo: ASKLEGALPALACE|
The rainstorm also affected two public primary schools and two churches in the community.
Also, about 20 hectares of cocoa and kolanut plantations were gutted by a midnight fire in Isan-Ekiti, the hometown of Governor Kayode Fayemi, in the Oye Local Government Area of the state.
The Chairman, Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency, Captain Sunday Adebomi (retd.), who spoke on Saturday during an on-the-spot assessment of the damage in the two communities, expressed delight that no life was lost during the incidents.
The SEMA boss, while proffering solutions to devastating effects of storm, advised the people “to, as a matter of urgency, embark on the planting of trees in their environment. The move will ensure avoidance of future occurrence of such unfortunate incident.”
“This is mysterious. We learnt that over 200 houses were affected and about 1,000 persons displaced. The Fayemi administration will do everything within its capacity to ameliorate the plights of the victims. The government commiserates with the victims,” he said.
Adebomi, while consoling the affected cocoa and kolanut farmers, added, “The government is making frantic efforts to compile the names of affected farmers and see how they can be compensated.”
A community leader and victim at Erinmope, Mr Oladipo Isaac, said, “Many houses, including schools and churches’ roofs have been blown off. We appeal to the government and public spirited individuals to come to the aid of our community. This kind of disaster is happening for the first time in this community since I was born 75 years ago.”
Similarly, a community leader in Isan, Chief Ray Akin-Oguntosin, who said the fire affected cocoa, kolanut, orange and coffee plantations and had rendered farmers jobless, said, “We appeal to both the federal and the Ekiti State governments to come to the aid of the community to bring succour to the victims.
“I also appeal to the indigenes of the town both at home and in the Diaspora to come home and help their people.”
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