Rainstorm kills Ondo’s butcher, destroys buildings

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A rainstorm on Sunday in Ikare Akoko, the seat of the Akokoo local government area in northeast Ondo state, wreaked havoc in the ancient city, killing one person and destroying many homes .

PUNCH Metro found that the torrential rain started around 7 p.m. Sunday and destroyed property in Ilepa, Okela and Okoja regions, among others.

The deceased, identified as Ayepareti, a butcher, was killed as the house he had taken refuge under fell during heavy rains in the city’s Okela neighborhood.

A source said that after the deceased was removed from the debris, he was rushed to hospital, where he was confirmed dead.

The source said: “The rain started around 7 p.m. and lasted for about 40 minutes. It started with a strong wind, blowing up the roofs of many houses. Electric poles and trees fell.

Some residents of the affected areas described the incident as sad and called for intervention by the government and humanitarian organizations.

Ikare Akoko Elders Forum President James Oladetohun sympathized with the victims and called on the government to come to their aid.

A traditional chief, Chief Saliu Okoja, lamented that the high cost of building materials makes it difficult for many victims to rebuild their homes.

He called on Nigerians to help residents to alleviate their suffering.

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