LAYI OLANREWAJU, Ilorin
Torrential rains accompanied with storms on Saturday night wreaked havoc in Ilorin, Kwara state capital.
One life was said to have been lost during the heavy rains, it was gathered.
Two persons whose corpses are yet to be recovered were equally swept away at Taiwo Isale and Oko-Erin bridges in the metropolis, a source at the state Fire Service told our reporter yesterday.
The heavy downpour which pounded the ground for several hours also destroyed scores of houses and property in the metropolis.
The rains started around 7pm and stopped in the wee hours of Sunday.
Areas worst affected by the rains include Olonkonla, Bobonkiri, Egba-Akota, Aberi, Akuji, Idiope and others all in Ita-Ogunbo area, Alanamu ward of Ilorin West local government area of the state, it was gathered.
The rainstorms also destroyed electric poles in Taiwo and Odota areas of the metropolis.
Meanwhile, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has commiserated with families whose dwellings were affected in Saturday night’s heavy rainstorm in different parts of the state.
“The Governor is saddened by the havoc wreaked on various households in Ilorin, the state capital, and indeed elsewhere across the state by the heavy rain storm. He sends his heartfelt commiseration and a message of hope to such families in this trying time,” according to a statement on Sunday by his chief press Secretary Rafiu Ajakaye.
“As part of his proactive measures to mitigate the effect of this natural disaster which had been predicted by the NIMET, the Governor had last week visited various Federal Government agencies including the NEMA to seek special relief for Kwara. The state government is again urging the Federal Government to urgently consider Kwara State for special support. The Governor, for his part, is immediately setting up a special disaster response team to collate data of areas affected and determine how the state government can offer support based on available resources. That response team will be announced shortly.
“The Governor is also aware of the damage to electric poles during the storm. He has directed relevant agencies to quickly fix the poles as soon as possible to avoid further damage and ensure the restoration of power services.”