Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Residents of some areas in Osogbo, the capital of Osun state would not easily forget the downpour on Tuesday which lasted for several hour where a life was lost and property worth millions of naira were destroyed.
It was weeping and lamentation when some residents in the affected areas started to count their losses.
Sympathisers were seen weeping when the lifeless body of a 60 year old man, one Elder Olabode, who was washed away by flood on Tuesday, was on Wednesday recovered at the bank of River Okooko in Oke Oniti area of Osogbo.
The body, was said to have been recovered after an intense search that lasted several hours and was later taken to the morgue in State Hospital, Asubiaro.
According to eyewitnesses, the deceased was said to be on his way home when he ran into flood and was told to go back but was said to have rebuffed the warning.
“We all warned him to go back but he didn’t listen. After moving for few minutes, the intensity of the flood forced open the booth of his car and the flood snapped him up.
“Two people standing nearby made attempt to rescue him and one of them nearly got drowned in the process and we all became powerless”, an eyewitness, Thomas Onaolapo explained.
State commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ayodele Philips, during a condolence visit to family of the deceased, advised residents to avoid flood prone areas.
Areas like Testing Ground, Fiwasaye and Rasco, after several hours of rain, there roads were impassable, even as many residents were sacked from their homes by flood.
Many shops were also affected as goods worth millions naira were destroyed by flood.
Report by our correspondent during a visit the place revealed that at Testing Ground, a building and properties therein, was overtaken by flood while a VW Golf-2 car belonging to an agent, simply identified as “Ilelabo”, was also be washed away.
A resident, Mr. Bukola Oyelami, described the flood as unfortunate and prayed it never happened again.
He also called on the state government to come to the aid of the people in the area so as to save them from future occurrence.