Rainstorm destroyed at least 200 houses and rendered over 5,000 homeless at Akwukwu-Igbo, headquarters of Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, weekend.
Rainstorm pulled off roofs of houses and deposited them at diverse places in Ogbe-Iyase, Ogbeani, Umuonai, Ogbeonihe, Umuekeke, Ogbeobi and Achala villages in the community.
The traditional ruler of the community, His Royal Majesty, Obi David Azuka, described the incident as a calamity and called on the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Delta State Emergency Response Agency, Oshimili Local Government Council and other relevant agencies of government to come to the aid of the victims.
Managing director of Haalimonwo Ventures, Akwukwu-Igbo, Mr. Jude Eziuno, whose company was affected told Vanguard, yesterday, on phone, “what happened in Akwukwu-Igbo was a calamity. I can tell you that no fewer than 200 roofs were carried away by rainstorm.”
“The rains was severe and stormy. It started at about 5.30 pm, everybody in the community was affected, if it is not your house, it is your kitchen, toilet or shops in front of your house”.
“There is wailing everywhere, we have never seen this kind of hurricane before,” he added.