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Many feared dead, scores missing as flood wreaks havoc in Ogun

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Abeokuta flood
vehicles submerged in flood after heavy downpour

MANY people were feared killed and properties worth billions of naira destroyed by flood, on Friday, following a torrential rain in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Areas affected included Kuto, Ijaiye, Amolaso, Ijeun -Titun, Isale -Igbein, Lafenwa, Sapon and Ago-Ijesa.

Sunday Tribune, who went round the areas reported that many residents were still missing while a lot of vehicles were submerged by the flood.

A lot of houses, shops and religious centres were equally affected by the flood with the victims seen evacuating their property when Sunday Tribune visited.

Bridges at Isabo, Isale -Oja Kuto, Ijeja -Igbore caved in to the flood.

It was learnt that two children of the same mother were washed away by the flood, while their bodies were later recovered on Friday night.

Sunday Tribune also gathered that a woman and her child were swept away by the flood at Ago-Ijesa.

Scores of sympathisers thronged all the areas affected by the flood ostensibly to appreciate the extent of the damage.

The rain, which started at about 4.00pm on Friday, caused heavy traffic gridlock within the state capital.

Officials and men of the state Ministry of Environment had a hectic day, as they seen clearing debris to ensure a clean environment.

Also, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr Kayode Ademolake and officials of the ministry went round the town to inspect the places affected by the flood.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, also went round the town to ascertain the extent of damage done as a result of the flood.

Iliyasu, while fielding questions from newsmen, said he and his team were going round the town to study the situation.

“We are here to appeal to the psyche of residents affected by the flood. We are also going round to assist all the other disaster management agencies to ameliorate the agony of the people,” he added.

The state Commissioner for Environment,  Mr Bolaji Oyeleye, attributed dumping of refuse in drainages and building houses on the water ways as one of the factors responsible for the flooding.


He said that the state government embarked on the dredging of canals as part of pre-emptive measures against flooding.

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