Five-hour rain causes flooding in Ibadan communities

Some communities in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Sunday experienced flooding as a result of a heavy rain that continued for about five hours.

We learnt that areas such as Odo-Ona Kekere, Arapaja, Akala Way and Gbekuba were affected by the flooding.

In Odo-Ona Kekere, it was gathered that water flooded some houses on the river bank, which resulted in occupants moving out.

Mrs Funmilayo Olode who resides at Odo-Ona Kekere said that a river overflowed its boundaries but did not submerge the bridge over it.

“I just left my house now and realised that some houses were flooded because of the rain. Just after Odo-ona Kekere on the way to Arapaja, there is a river that flows across the road. There is a bridge over it at a point. Although the water did not flow over the bridge, houses close to the river on both sides were affected. I saw residents standing outside their houses,” said Olode.

However, South-West Coordinator, National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA), Mr. Yakubu Suleiman said he had yet to be informed by the State Emergency Management Authority (SEMA) though he added that flooding was expected in areas where people did not obey planning rules.

He said, “What is happening in Ibadan cannot be compared with the situation in Lagos. The Ibadan office has not notified me which means that the situation is not out of hand there.

“The state government is doing its best but people do not obey planning rule.”

But, Secretary, Oyo State Emergency Management Authority, Mr. Akin Makinde confirmed the flooding in some areas but declared that there was no casualty.

“There were cases of flooding in Akala area of Orita Challenge and some other areas. There are no casualty but we are still inspecting the areas.

“The problem is that people built houses on water ways. The government is dredging the rivers but our people must help themselves”.


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