Valuables worth millions of naira were destroyed by flood in Ilorin metropolis on Wednesday evening.
It was gathered that the downpour, which started about 5:00pm lasted till around 9:00 PM, caused untold hardship and losses to residents of the state capital.
It was also gathered that many occupants of affected buildings at Obbo and Unity roads, Ilorin, stayed indoor till Thursday afternoon as water that had enveloped their buildings, prevented them from going out.
Also affected were business premises like the old KWACCIMA building at Unity Road, Omowunmi cooperative society building at Obbo road, shops, residential houses, churches, and mosques.
Items destroyed by the flood include cars, food items, documents, and electronic gadgets.
Some victims of the perennial flood disaster, who called on the state government to liaise with the federal government to find a lasting solution to the problem, lamented that the flood had persisted because channelization project on Asa river was yet to be completed.
One of the affected business owners at Obbo road, Ilorin, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Olororo, said that abandoned work on channelization project of Asa river had brought about frequent flooding in the area.
“The channelization project, which started from Amilegbe area did not get to us here. The excavation and building of walls on sides of the river were not done here as expected. That’s why we have flood here every time it rains. With a heavy volume of water coming from other areas of the town, we can’t escape the usual flood. It was not up to this level earlier this morning.
The level keeps increasing”, he said.
It was also gathered that residents of communities like Amilegbe, Omosebi, Cocacola, and Offa Garage suffered the effect of the flood.
Credit: Nigerian Tribune