Flooding: Ondo State to demolish houses for waterways   

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Bamidele Fashube

THE Ondo State Government, has said that it would soon begin demolition of houses blocking waterways to ensure a free flow of water and prevent flooding.

Agboola Ajayi, the Acting Governor of the state, made this disclosure in Idanre after inspecting the havoc wrecked by flood in Idanre Local Government Area of the state.

A heavy downpour on Sunday caused flooding in the town, damaging houses and property worth millions of naira.

The acting governor promised that the government would try its best in terms of bringing relief to the affected victims soon.

“We thank God that no life was lost. Floods not as heavy as this have killed many people elsewhere, but we thank God that such did not happen in Idanre.

“I was in Ibadan when this happened. We have inspected the houses, I will advise that our people should leave the affected houses to prevent another disaster.

“Some people built houses on the waterways; we will ensure that no matter how highly placed such people are, we will demolish their houses to have a free flow of water,” he said.

Ajayi also promised that amphibious excavator would be deployed to help channel the waterways in the town.

Aladeoku of Alade Idanre, Oba Olusegun Akinbola, said it had not happened before in the town and thanked the government for being responsive to the plight of the people.

Also, the Owa of Idanre, Oba Fedrick Aroloye, implored the government to help the affected people of the community by providing relief materials.

Festus Akingbaso, a member representing Idanre in the Ondo State House of Assembly, thanked the government on behalf of the people for promising to provide succour to the victims.

Akingbaso said he supported the declaration of the government on demolition of houses that blocked waterways.

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