Osun community begs FG, State for assistance as windstorm renders many residents homeless

Windstorm wrecks havoc
Osun community begs FG, State for assistance as windstorm renders many residents homeless
By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
Windstorm wrecks havoc
One of the affected buildings
Many residents of Erin-Oke community in Oriade Local Government Area of Osun State, including the aged and widows, have been rendered homeless following a devastating thunderstorm that destroyed several houses.
The heavy windstorm that occurred on March 6, 2021, wrecked untold havoc in the ancient town as about 150 houses were said to have been destroyed.
Speaking for the inidgenes and other residents of the community, the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Erin-Oke Development Association, Dr. Salaudeen Akinwale Famakinwa called on both Federal and Osun State Governments to come to the aid of victims.
Salaudeen made the distress call after the on-the spot assessment visit made by both representatives of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Osun State Emergency Management Agency (OSEMA) to assess the level of damage caused by devastating windstorm.
Windstorm wrecks havoc
One of the affected buildings
He lamented that so many houses were vandalized by the heavy thunder windstorm.
The Chairman explained that on the evening of that day, it appeared as if it was going to be raining but suddenly, it turned into thunderstorm, pulling off roofing sheets and pulling down fences of majority of the buildings in the area.
Recounting that about 150 houses were affected, the community leader recalled that they never experienced  a disaster of such magnitude in the area
According to him, the storm also affected residential facilities like schools, mosques as well as churches.
He therefore solicited the assistance  of both Federal  and State Governments to come to their aid to cushion the effects of the monumental damage.
In a similar vein, the Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Alhaja Kudirat Fakokunde also appealed to the Federal government to assist the community, saying that the State Government couldn’t do it all alone.
Windstorm wrecks havoc
One of the affected buildings
Mrs Fakokunde further reiterated that the heavy downpour, which occurred about two weeks ago, with the attendant boisterous windstorm, has  rendered so many individuals homeless, including widows, widowers and aged people who cannot afford the cost of renovation.
She therefore harped on the need to give quick relief to the victims.

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