A heavy downfall has submerged Ondo City, the headquarters of West Local Government Area of Ondo State and hometown of Governor Olusegun Mimiko, destroying properties worth several millions of naira, SaharaReporters can authoritatively report.
The torrential rainfall devastated several household items and sank many residential buildings, private offices and shops into gully erosion.
It was learned that both private and commercial vehicles, including the ones parked on the main road, were waterlogged during the downpour.
A SaharaReporters correspondent who visited the town reported that several residents who were affected by the flood have been relocating to other communities on the outskirts of the town.
One of the victims in the town, Babalola Ayedotun, who became furious following the heavy downpour, said he lost his entire property to the disaster.
“I am very sad. I have lost my whole life to this flood. Look at my property being washed away into the erosion,” the pensioner said.
Another victim, Bisola Oyewole, a local petty trader, lamented over the perennial rainfall, adding that those badly affected by the disaster are those whose means of livelihood are hanging in the balance.
It was gathered that areas affected by the flood in Ondo town included Holy Trinity Junction, New Town, Ore and Ife Roadblock, and Itanla Junction among other popular areas.
Poor residents in the town have been calling on both the State and federal government for immediate assistance while asking for a quick response from the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA).