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After six hours of torrential downpour on Sunday night, a raging flood sacked some communities in Ado- Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, leaving residents stranded and their properties damaged.

The areas affected include Oshodi, Ilupeju Avenue, Ureje, Ita Eku, and  Temidire Eminrin, a suburb of Ado Ekiti metropolis located  along Federal Polytechnic Road.

The heavy rains which began around 10pm on Sunday, did not abate until about 4am on Monday.  

It is worse for the residents of Temidire Emirin community, as running water from Ureje River swelled and overflowed its banks and the brigbe.

The development prevented vehicular movement, while workers and students were held up from reaching their work places and school campuses.

The water however receded from the bridge at about 12.30pm on Monday, to free the passage to the Ado-ABUAD-Ijan -Ekiti highway that leads to Ado Ekiti metropolis.

A resident of Temidire Emirin Community and victim of the flood, Jude Ajulo, said they were still sleeping when the water suddenly surged into their residences around 2am, and covered their property.

Mr Ajulo revealed that the occupants of the three-bedroom bungalow where he lives had to run out when the water level was rising and threatening their lives.

“This has been the occurrence every year. It happended in the same way few years ago before the administration of Mr Ayodele Fayose dredged Ureje River,” he said

“The only way the government can help us is to redredge the river to be able to contain the running water coming down from Odo-Ado, Oshodi, Ilupeju Avenue to our community.

“It is sad that our property and lives were being threatened everytime we experience  heavy downpour and this shouldn’t be allowed to continue”. 

Another resident of Oshodi community, along Afao road, Taiwo Osaleye, appealed to government to dredge the Elemi river that crosses the section to resolve the flood crisis.

“We have noticed that we always experience flooding anytime the Elemi River  overflowed its bank due to rising water level,” recalled Mr Osaleye.

” The only thing that can bring permanent solution is for the government to help us expand the river bank, so that the safety of our lives and property can be guaranteed”.

The General Manager, Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency,. Olajide Borode, said the agency had started visiting the areas affected with intention to get first hand information on the extent of damage caused by flooding.

“You all know that the government of Ekiti State is serious about disaster management policy. Safety of lives and  property is a priority of the current government and we won’t joke with it,” the GM said.

“Our officials are presently visiting the areas affected, so that we can get the correct information that can  guide government’s action in resolving the incident.”

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