Hundreds of people living in communities in the Ese Odo and Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State have been rendered homeless. this is due to the flooding witnessed in the communities in recent times.
The flooding in the area is as a result of the frequent downpour in the communities in recent time.
The affected communities include Igbotu, the hometown of the mother of the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, the Chairman of the local government, Mr Omolewa Ojo and the Deputy Chief of Staff to the governor, Dr Jimi Kufo.
The flood also affected some other communities, including Igbobini, Iluagbo, Sabome, Inikorogha, Oboro, Ojuala, Ipoke and Igbekebo, the headquarters of the council area. It also affected many communities in Ilaje local government.
A source who spoke on conditions of anonymity revealed that many houses were submerged by the flood.
City Round learnt that many residents had taken shelter under canopies along the major roads in the towns.
The source said, “All the roads linking the communities including Igbobini-Irele have been cut off, forcing the people to use the canoe to move in and out of the communities. The people who are predominantly of Apoi (Yoruba) and Ijaw are now living in churches and schools.”
While confirming the disaster in a brief statement, the Chairman of the local government, Omolewa Ojo, said thousands of the people in the council area were displaced.
“Many of the residents especially children have been trapped in their houses because of the flood,” Ojo stated.