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Heavy Downpour Rattles Ile- Ife Residents

By Sodiq Lawal

Residents of Ile Ife have lamented the effects of the recent heavy rainfall in the areas which lasted more than 3 hours during the weekend, leaving in its trail flooded streets, houses, churches, shops and markets, with huge economic losses.

The downpour caused a power outage among various areas like Akarabata, Owode, Oju Odo community and many others areas in Ile Ife where vehicular traffic was hampered and roads were flooded, making passage on these roads near impossible.

The deluge also prevented most people without  rivate means of transport from attending religious services; with attendance at several churches scanty since worshippers used the downpour as an excuse to stay indoors.

Traders were also prevented from going about their daily business, as the rain grounded economic activities.

Roads were free but most bus drivers and Okada riders could not operate because of the intensity of the downpour and few commuters on the roads.

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Meanwhile, Ife City News gathered that the lack of proper drainage channels in some areas like Oju Odo and Akarabata resulted in the flooding of some residential houses and shops.

The rain started at about 4p.m. and continued till about 7p.m yesterday, forcing men, women and children to stay at home.

While some families were seen draining water from their homes using pumping machines, others resorted to scooping with containers.

In some areas, residents were overwhelmed by the volume of the surging water and watch helplessly not knowing which of their valuables to salvage.

Some residents, who spoke to Ife City News, expressed sadness over the development, lamenting the havoc wreaked by the flood.

“It was the cry of my children that woke me up,” lamented Mrs Lawal Yetunde , a widow whose two bedroom apartment was flooded.

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She said her children were sleeping on the floor when they noticed an unusual coldness, which jolted them from their sleep.

“The speed with which the water spread to the entire house was alarming. There was nothing we could do to salvage our valuables,” she said.

The worst affected areas are Akarabata, Owode, Ondo Road, Opa, Mayfair, Ilare, Ogbingbin, and Oju Odo.