Residents Lament as Massive Flood Ravages Osun

Lamentations are in the air in Osun State as massive flood have ravaged the major communities in the last three days.

NPO Reports correspondent gathered that many waterways were blocked months before the heavy rains started leading to the overflowing of the banks in cities such as Osogbo, Iwo, Ede, Ikirun and other adjoining towns and villages.

Residents of Alekuwodo, Capital, Okenitea, all at the state capital had witnessed massive flood which rendered them homeless.

In Iwo, residents of Fojugbagi, Water Works, Ajangbala, Oke Odo, Isale Oba and others were shocked to find their neighbourhood all overtaken by waters after heavy downpour at the weekend.

A popular Islamic preacher and leader of the Tawun Islamic Movement was seen in a video where he lamented that the flood was due to lack of follow up of the waterway dredging which was the practice under the Rauf Aregbesola administration.

In another video obtained by the NPO Reports, many residents were heard and seen lamenting over  the nonchalant attitude of the government to the flood situation.

In one of the videos, a resident was heard saying that several letters and messages had been passed to the state government in Osogbo but there were no responses until the flood took over their entire areas.

NPO Reports however learnt that the government on Sunday commenced clearing the waterways.

Mr. Rufus Oyegbile, Special Adviser to Gov. Gboyega Oyetola on Environment and Sanitation, told the residents of Iwo that the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) and the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had warned on flood. prevention.

He admitted that both agencies had warned the state that it was prone to the disaster.

He said, “Although our efforts had been challenged by the recent flooding in some parts of the state, the situation calls for urgent action by government and by all other critical stakeholders.’’

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